Working full time, raising a family, and making ends meet — these are essential responsibilities that demand much of your energy and attention. As critical as they are, though, they can prove a barrier to your continuing education. Amberton’s courses are designed to remove many of these barriers. Each session offered during the year is ten (10) weeks in length which allows you to complete your courses and degree quicker. Courses can be offered in three (3) different learning formats – in-person classes, online classes and hybrid classes.
In-person courses will meet once each week, at either the Garland Campus or the Frisco Center, during the ten-week session. Online classes will be completed online via the University course management system and many include livestreaming meetings with your classmates and instructor. Hybrid courses are a combination of in-class meetings and online activities. Hybrid courses only meet in person for a portion of the ten-week session.
Amberton University caters exclusively to the working adult and recognizes the many and varied obstacles that must be managed in order to pursue advanced educational training. From over fifty years of catering exclusively to adults, the University has learned:
The unique learning options of Amberton University include the following:
Distance learning helps to break down barriers that prevent adult students from pursuing their educational goals by providing an easier way for you to maintain your busy schedule while still taking full advantage of the opportunity to educate yourself further.
The ability to set your own pace allows for immense freedom in learning. While you will get the best results by blocking out set periods to focus on your coursework just as you would with a lecture class, you can pick and choose when you want to spend that time. With no need to travel, you can pursue your degree from the comfort of home, your favorite coffee shop, or wherever you happen to be with some quiet space and spare time. You are still able to interact with other students and your instructor through online discussions and web conferences. There’s no need to reduce your availability at work or hustle through traffic to make it to class on time — “on time” is what you decide.
While the trend in most educational institutions is to segregate distance-learning programs from programs offered through the traditional lecture method, Amberton University combines both formats giving the student the advantage to choose the delivery method that best suits his/her needs. At Amberton University, students have the option to select from a variety of courses and programs offered through distance learning. Whether the student is minutes away from the campus or miles away in another state, distance-learning courses can be completed on-line without any on-campus requirement.
Amberton’s distance learning courses are identical to classroom courses in terms of learning outcomes and expectations. Both full-time and part-time professors who teach lecture courses also teach distance learning courses. At Amberton University, in terms of competencies, lecture courses and distance learning courses are one-and-the-same. Because of this synchronicity, students who are in close proximity to the campuses may take both campus-based lecture courses and distance learning courses in any degree program.
Admission to the University and expectations of performance are the same for all students regardless of the student’s location or course selection. All students who attend Amberton University are expected to possess a certain degree of computer literacy. However, a student choosing to take a distance learning course must have the following skills and technical capabilities:
Students enrolled in courses through Amberton’s distance learning option access course information through The Student Portal. Through a link located on the University’s web site, students can access courses offered via the Internet. Discussion of degree programs and courses offered through distance learning, along with information on the University’s Course Management System, may be found on the University’s web site. Amberton University is a part of a national consortium that sets standards for distance learning courses and degree programs. All of Amberton’s distance learning degree programs and courses comply with the “Principles of Good Practice” for distance learning programs. For a list of Distance Learning offerings, see the current Schedule of Classes and the Course Guide.
1. Review the Materials
Take time to review all help files and course materials available. Your instructor should provide some helpful tools to guide you through the course. These tools normally include a course syllabus, bibliography, description of assignments, grading and evaluation criteria, as well as others. Online courses provide these same tools plus many more.
2. Practice Before Hand
Spend some time navigating through your class and making sure you can access all of the links and resources. Practice posting to the course’s discussion forum and ask a fellow classmate to join you in the chat room for a practice session.
3. Manage Your Time
Manage your time. It’s very easy to spend far too little time or far too much time on the class. Set designated blocks of time to work on assignments. The rule of thumb for classroom courses is that students can expect to spend four hours outside of the class working on content for every hour spent in the classroom. The same is often true of online classes as the competencies are the same for both the classroom and online.
4. Communicating Online
Effective communication is critical to success. When communicating online in a text-based environment, it pays to remember that you will not have all of those non-verbal cues that you get in an on-ground classroom–neither will your instructor or fellow students. Keeping this in mind, communications should be clearly stated and the same courtesies and respect used in a classroom setting should be used online. In addition, you will be responsible for initiating more contact with your instructor and classmates and staying current on all assignments.
Years before the Internet was popular and the term “distance learning” was born, the University provided “conference courses” to the working adult who had responsibilities that prevented predictable scheduling of time. It was a natural and easy move for Amberton University to employ web-based technologies to make online available to those students who have the need, for organizational skills, self-discipline, and talent for independent study and research.
Amberton’s distance-learning courses are identical to classroom courses in terms of learning outcomes, and both full-time and part-time professors who teach regular classroom courses also teach online courses. At Amberton University, in terms of competencies, classroom courses, and online courses are identical.
Admission to the University, costs, and expectations of performance are the same for all students regardless of the student’s location or course selection. The University requires a certain degree of computer literacy of all students. However, a student choosing to take an online course must have the following skills and technical capabilities:
All of Amberton’s distance learning degree programs and courses comply with the following “Principles of Good Practice.”