During the 2020-2021 academic year, all of our classes will be held online. While faculty members teach from the Acadia Campus, all students will be joining these classrooms remotely via zoom. ADC is uniquely prepared to provide you with the same high-quality education you expect in an online environment to match.
In this uncertain environment, it’s important that you are able to continue being equipped to serve. Even if it can’t happen in person. Students are able to see, hear and interact with the class and professor. You can ask questions, join the conversation, and even do presentations from anywhere.
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.
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 and Best Practices
IN order to be a successful learner in an online environment there are a number of expectations and best practices you should follow:
- 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;
- 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;
- Multi-tasking by students in class is obvious to professors and fellow students. Please respect your professor and classmates by being present and refrain from doing other tasks on your computer and devices;
- Students are strongly encouraged to make extra effort to interact. Interacting with the class is a great way to stay engaged and to not get distracted;
- 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
To ensure the best connection and interaction between students and the classroom, virtual students will now have the following hardware requirements:
- Download and install the free Zoom Client for Meetings
- A computer, laptop or other devices with a high-speed connection. For higher quality picture and sound we recommend hardwiring the device to the internet and not using a wifi signal when ever possible.
- A webcam and a microphone. Most devices have cameras and microphones built-in. We would recommend the usage of a USB microphone headset. This maximizes sound quality back and forth and minimizes feedback and external noise. Example: http://tinyurl.com/j9sd8ss