What is Online Delivery?
Online Delivery (OD) is the umbrella term that ACAP uses to describe its off campus modes of study. Many students choose to study by Online Delivery in order to fit their study around other commitments, or because they do not live near a campus location. Online Delivery learning takes place over the same 12 week term as on-campus classes, has identical content, standards and assessment.
What is Blended Delivery?
Blended Delivery (BD) is a mode of study which encompasses both online and face to face learning. Students receive access to comprehensive learning materials and a Lecturer or Academic Teacher for each unit of study. There is a workshop component where students attend campus to practice their skills and also synchronous online sessions where students can integrate theory and practice.
Online Classes + Workshops + Synchronous Sessions
Each Blended Delivery unit has a dedicated online class space which contains materials for independent learning and spaces for class interaction. (See below for further information.)
As a student studying by Blended Delivery, you will be required to attend on-campus workshops as part of your course. These run for 2 consecutive days. All or most of the units in your course have this face to face requirement.
You will also be required to attend and participate in 4 synchronous sessions held in the evenings. These sessions are run using Blackboard Collaborate (see below for further information).
What is Synchronous Online Delivery?
Synchronous Online (SO) is a mode of study which encompasses online real time learning. Students receive access to comprehensive learning materials and a Lecturer or Academic Teacher for each unit of study.
Synchronous Online delivery involves meeting synchronously online (i.e. in real time online), at a pre-specified time, for three hours at a time, each week, for the length of the term.
Each Synchronous Online unit has a dedicated online class space which contains materials for independent learning and spaces for class interaction. Students attend weekly synchronous online sessions to integrate theory and to practise their skills. These sessions are run using ZOOM.
The schedule for online synchronous sessions for units taken by the Synchronous Online option can be found on the School of Counselling Class Timetables page.
What is On-Campus Delivery?
On-Campus Delivery (OC) is the umbrella term that ACAP uses to describe its on-campus modes of study. This form of study provides the student with the opportunity to study the unit in a face to face environment amongst peers. On-Campus Delivery learning takes place over the same 12 week term as online classes, has identical content, standards and assessment. The attendance requirements are relevant to the unit requirements, not the study mode.
Is study by Online Delivery for me?
ACAP recognises that students have commitments outside of study as well as varied learning styles, which means that each student will engage differently in their learning. Some students are comfortable with computers, enjoy interacting online and have the time to do so. Others prefer to study independently, using hardcopy materials and prefer to login to the online class space intermittently. Studying by Online Delivery with ACAP caters for a variety of learning styles and preferences.
What Study Materials do I have access to?
All students receive free online access to the comprehensive, instructionally designed Module or Unit Manual and Readings from within their online class space. Some materials are available in hardcopy for those who prefer this, however students are also able to download and save or print the online material. Textbooks are available through the Co-op, our bookstore partners. To view the ordering page, please click here.
What is the Online Class Space?
Online Delivery classes use a virtual rather than physical class space that can be accessed via the ACAP student portal. Just like a real class, you are grouped with other students and a dedicated academic teacher for that particular unit or module. The online class space is the main place where interaction happens and where students access the curriculum content.
Features of Online Delivery learning and interaction
Announcements – this is a ‘one way’ piece of communication from the academic teacher or ACAP staff member to the class. It might be a welcome message, a deadline reminder or a summary of content from the past week.
Discussion Forums – these are open discussions that can be initiated by any class participant or by the academic teacher at any time throughout the term. The discussion forum is ‘asynchronous’ which means that participants are not required to be online at a certain point in time, but rather can read each other’s contributions and respond at a time that suits them. This allows for reflection and recognises that flexibility of time and location is an important factor for students.
Activities – activities are specific to each unit or module and are designed to enhance learning through reflection, feedback and application of knowledge. These generally encourage interaction between students and the academic teacher in the class, and may include activities such as discussion questions, quizzes, toolboxes or video presentations.
Email – students and academic teachers can email one another regarding individual questions or issues.
Live Chat – a ‘real time’ chat function whereby anyone who’s logged into the online class space at the same time can have a ‘text chat’.
Blackboard Collaborate – a live web conference session between the academic teacher and students.
Telephone – there are some individual instances where an academic teacher or student needs to speak via telephone. This can be arranged directly between the academic teacher and the student.
Do I need to come on campus during my studies?
Some courses require compulsory Workshop attendance if studying certain units or modules off campus. Check the requirements of your individual course in the Course Guide. For the Workshop Timetable, please see Class Timetables.
What Technical requirements are there for Online Delivery students?
All students at ACAP, whether studying on or off campus require the following:
Access to a reliable internet connection – access to the internet is an essential for those wishing to study at ACAP. Enrolment, grades, assessment, course materials and interaction with the College occurs online or via email. A broadband connection is desirable as it vastly speeds up the rate at which you can view and download information.
An email address – all ACAP students are issued with an ACAP email address, however it is recommended that you also have a personal email address so we can contact you in, for example, in the case of a lost password.
Microsoft Word – students are required to submit their written assessment electronically in Microsoft Word.
Access to video recording equipment - most courses also require access to video recording equipment such as a digital camera or video camera.
School of Counselling: If you are an enrolled in a School of Counselling course at ACAP, you can visit the Student Lounge for more information. Log into the student portal, click on My Classes, then Student Lounge, then New Student Information and Blended and Online Delivery.
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