Course Delivery Information
One of the reasons that it has been so difficult to obtain training in becoming either a TVI or a COMS has to do with the scarcity of programs and the requirements that students leave their homes for extended periods of time or travel long distances to participate in training programs. The VIP Program is dedicated to providing high quality instruction for the student with a minimum amount of time away from home through the use of distance education techniques. Our goal is to provide the maximum amount of student support possible through a variety of technologies. Basically, you can expect your training to be provided in the following ways:
- Instruction over Interactive Television (ITV). In ITV classes, the students will gather at their Education Service Center. The instructor will be at Stephen F. Austin or at some location in one of the ESC sites. The instructor will be able to see and talk with the students and vice versa. This platform is used primarily for class discussions, project sharing, and question and answer sessions. ITV is used for our 2 summer class offerings- SPE 516 Eye Anatomy and SPE 517 Braille.
- Instruction using Blackboard Collaborate: Collaborate is an online learning platform used to share presentations and facilitate classroom discussion between and among faculty and students. Through the use of a computer and microphone, class members meet together to discuss topics, share ideas, and develop knowledge.
- You will recieve much of the information that once came in the form of lectures from what are called Web Instructional Activities, Web Lessons, or Modules. You will access these lessons on your own computer, at your own home or office, whenever you chose to work on the class. Many of your assignments and tests will also be administered over the internet.
- We, as a class, might also use computer chats or discussions. In general, chats are used either to review for exams or to discuss material which is covered on assignments.
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