Forms of Education
AIIGS offers five forms of distance education; correspondence, online, video conferencing, tele-conferencing, and independent directed study.
At AIIGS Distance Learning Program, traditional course work, textbook requirements, homework assignments and grading will remain the same for online courses, only the method of delivery changes. Highly qualified faculty members trained in methods of distance learning instruction will teach all courses.
Courses are web-based, and available to any student who has access to the Internet. Each course will utilize a textbook, a study guide, and the web-based course materials, which also provides the medium of interaction. The course website will contain a homepage in the most essential information about the course, e-mail links to both the instructor and students taking the course, a bulletin board which will allow instructor and students to communicate with the group as a whole, web links and glossaries. Although most interaction is asynchronous (not at the same time), chat rooms are available for students and faculty use.
The instructor will develop a number of methods to assist students in distance learning programs. Each student will receive a copy of AIIGS publication, “A Guide to Distance Learning”. Specially trained faculty mentors will always be available by e-mail for consultation, and the web-based host that AIIGS will choose for its courses will offer technical assistance 24 hours per day. Students in the distance learning programs will have access to the full range of support services that will be used by all AIIGS students.
Electronic mail will be used for one-to-one communication between instructor and student. Course assignments are typically submitted to the instructor via e-mail attachments.
Each submission should be mailed to AIIGS as soon as it is completed. In order to have optional feedback from the teacher, no more than two submissions should be sent at one time. The receipt of each submission is noted in the students record before the submission is sent to the teacher for grading. It is the students responsibility to put sufficient postage on the lesson/submission envelopes and to package them securely for safe arrival. (Note: Bulging envelopes may get torn before reaching AIIGS.)
It is recommended that the student keep a copy of all submission before mailing them.
Submission can be mailed, expressed faxed, or emailed. While payment must accompany the Enrollment Packet, please do not send money with lessons/submissions.
Lessons/submissions are graded and returned to the student as quickly as possible. Students wishing to contact their teachers should send their questions via email. Teachers will respond as soon as possible.
DIRECTED INDEPENDENT STUDY PROGRAM
A flexible approach to learning in which the learner is neither tied down to fixed start dates nor time limits.
- Once the learner is admitted into the program and enrolls in a course or courses, AIIGS will send the learner all the initial course materials so that one can start right away.
- For learners with access to the computers, relevant course materials will be made available through AIIGSs website.
- Each learner will be required to complete a self-analysis form that will enable AIIGS to allocate the most suitable instructors based on nearness to the learner and other factors.
- Progressively, the learner will complete and submit assignments for grading purposes on-line.
- Once AIIGS receives the instructors feedback, it will forward the marked assignment plus the next modules back to the learner, so as to allow one to continue with ones study.