ADC Go

About ADC Go

ADC Go courses are delivered in a format to meet people where they are, without sacrificing the quality education that students have come to expect from Acadia Divinity College. Combining the flexibility of online learning with the educational experience of face-to-face interaction, ADC Go courses follow a weekly format within the semester. Individuals work through the assigned weekly material at their convenience, and then students meet online for one hour a week with the professor. ADC Go courses are designed to make theological education accessible to a broader number of people, while still providing the opportunity for discussion and community.

Expectations

Students meet weekly in their ADC Go course in a live interactive session. ADC strives to offer quality, personal interactive teaching, while maintaining the flexibility that online learning offers. With this in mind, please observe the following:

  • Please connect to the class 5 minutes prior to the class commencing;
  • Your webcam should always be on unless your professor specifically asks you to turn it off;
  • Please be courteous. Eating, talking to someone off-screen, leaving your spot, etc., are all highly distracting to the class;
  • Please respect your professor and classmates by being present and engaged – refrain from doing other tasks on your computer;
  • For ADC Go students, the one-hour weekly meeting are about interaction and discussion on the week’s content. Please be prepared by having completed the week’s assigned readings and viewing, and come prepared to discuss.

If a professor thinks that an ADC Go or virtual seat student is not meeting the requirements or not consistently following the expectations, they may be asked to withdraw or may not be considered for future ADC Go classes.

Technical Requirements

To ensure the best connection and interaction between students and the professor, students will have the following hardware requirements for the weekly online session:

  • Download and install the free Zoom Client for Meetings
  • A computer or laptop with a high speed connection (hardwired recommended)
  • A webcam (built in to most laptops)
  • USB microphone headset (this maximizes sound quality back and forth, and minimizes feedback and external noise) example: http://tinyurl.com/j9sd8ss
  • Please connect from a relatively quiet room, away from distraction.

For detailed information on how to install the necessary software, or for trouble shooting help, please Click Here.

Virtual Seats

About Virtual Seats

We know that not everyone is able to travel our Wolfville campus to access the great courses offered.  While a growing number of courses are being offered through our new ADC Go format, some of our more specialized or elective classes are only offered on our Wolfville campus. In order to make these courses available to everyone, we offer a limited number of ‘virtual seats’ for selected courses.

Virtual seat students join a classroom through a live video conferencing system. Students are able to see, hear and interact with the class just like every other student. You can ask questions, join the conversation, and even do presentations from anywhere!

Combining the flexibility of online learning with the educational experience of face-to-face interaction, Virtual Seat courses follow the same schedule as students who are physically in the class. Virtual Seat courses are designed to make theological education accessible to a broader number of people, while still providing the opportunity for discussion and community.

Expectations

Students meet weekly in their ADC Go course in a live interactive session. ADC strives to offer quality, personal, interactive teaching, while maintaining the flexibility that online learning offers.

Students attending through Virtual Seat must understand that ADC and its faculty are committed to face-to-face learning. We recognize that for some students, traveling to attend a live course is simply impossible. The Virtual Seat option is our attempt to help those who simply cannot travel to ADC while still maintaining the ADC distinctive of face-to-face interaction. As you will be joining a live classroom on a regular basis, please observe the following:

  1. Please connect to the class 5 minutes prior to the class commencing;
  2. Your webcam should always be on unless your professor specifically asks you to turn it off;
  3. In most cases, you will be visible to the class. Please conduct yourself accordingly. Eating, talking to someone off-screen, petting your dog, leaving your spot, etc., are all highly distracting to the professor and the class;
  4. Multi-tasking by students in class is obvious to professors and fellow students. This is no less so for people on a screen in a Virtual Seat. Please respect your professor and classmates by being present and refrain from doing other tasks on your computer and devices;
  5. Virtual Seat students are strongly encouraged to make the extra effort to interact. Please ask and answer questions so that the class sees you as a valued member of the class and not just as a fly on the wall;
  6. Get used to using your mute button to turn your microphone on and off. The microphone only needs to be on when you are talking or interacting.

**If a professor thinks that a Virtual Seat student is not meeting the requirements or not consistently following the expectations, they may be asked to withdraw or may not be considered for Virtual Seats in future classes.

Technical Requirements

To ensure the best connection and interaction between students and the classroom, virtual students will now have the following hardware requirements:

  1. Download and install the free Zoom Client for Meetings
  2. A computer or laptop with a high speed connection (hardwire recommended)
  3. A webcam (built in to most laptops)
  4. USB microphone headset (this maximizes sound quality back and forth, and minimizes feedback and external noise) Example: http://tinyurl.com/j9sd8ss
  5. Please connect from a relatively quiet room, away from distraction

Connected Classrooms

About Connected Classrooms

We know that traditional online courses are not for everyone. Some people simply learn better in a group setting for a variety of reasons.  We have begun to offer select courses through our ‘Connected Classroom’ model.

Students in Connected Classrooms come together in multiple physical locations where ADC has installed a professional video conferencing system. The various locations are then connected via a high quality live stream allow all rooms to see and hear each other. The professor alternates teaching at the different locations, ensuring that all students have equal access to them.

Currently, Connected Classrooms exist on the Wolfville campus of Acadia Divinity College and in Moncton, NB at Crandall University.