Distance Education

Introduction:

St Andrew’s delivers a select number of existing course units using the MoodleTM online learning management system. This form of delivery replaces the offering of units via summer and winter intensives which was conducted from 2004 to 2010.

Available Courses:

Study by distance education (online) mode alone will enable a student to complete the following accredited Sydney College of Divinity awards:

Enrolment Options:

Part time study, normally defined as enrolment in two course units per semester, is presently available for students undertaking distance education.

Units Offered in 2015:

See timetable for details

Participation:

Regular internet access is a compulsory requirement of distance education. All study resources are delivered electronically for students to download, usually as word and pdf documents, slide presentations, and/or audio files. In addition, regular participation in any prescribed online discussion forums is compulsory.

The definition of ‘regular’ participation is defined by each lecturer within their respective course unit outline but normally refers to either weekly or fortnightly participation.

Technology and Computer Requirements:

MoodleTM is the learning management system used by St Andrew’s for its distance education (online) units.

Students can use a PC, MAC or Linux based computer. There are no minimum hardware requirements, as long as the computer is capable of running Microsoft Office 2003 (or newer) or Open Office (open-source; available for free download). Internet Explorer 6 or newer, Safari (version 3 and later) and Firefox (version 2 and later) are recommended. Also Adobe Acrobat Viewer 7 or newer (or a similar program) is required to view PDF files for online units (available for free download). Adobe Acrobat Standard (or equivalent) is recommended to convert word documents to pdf for greater content security before emailing or posting although MS Word (or equivalent) is acceptable.

Students are reminded that computer hardware and software are often available for purchase from various vendors at academic or student prices that are well below the standard retail price.

Broadband internet (e.g. ADSL, cable, wireless) is strongly recommended; not dial-up.

Students must have an active email address which is checked regularly.

Troubleshoot Moodle

Residential School (16-18 March 2015):

The rationale of each residential school is to build rapport between lecturers and students, and amongst students, from the earliest stage of the educational journey. Residential schools will take place during the unit for the purposes of acquaintance with the campus, communal prayer, communal eating, library sessions, field excursions (where applicable), lecturer and peer interaction, consolidation of learning, face-to-face discussion sessions, and short assessment tasks as may be prescribed (e.g. quiz, tutorial presentations).

A small selection of units deemed introductory and foundational that are delivered in distance education (online) mode contain a residential school of 3 days. The dates for the 2015 Residential School Period will be 16-18 March 2015, as noted in the Timetable and Important Dates pages.

Attendance at the residential schools is COMPULSORY for all students enrolled in any unit designated as introductory and foundational and is required in order to pass the unit. Failure to attend the residential school will result in a FAIL grade for the unit.

Exemption to the aforementioned rule will only be granted on the following grounds: (a) medical illness (certified by medical certificate); (b) extreme hardship, (c) compassionate grounds (this does not include inadequate management of student workload or responsibilities); and/or (d) off-shore status. Except when a student has off-shore status, the Registrar must be notified in writing before the conclusion of the relevant residential school for such exemption to even be considered by the Faculty. In the event that exemption is granted a supplementary assessment task will be assigned by the Lecturer.

Residential schools are conducted on campus at Redfern NSW, between 9:00am and 4:30pm on the prescribed days. A timetable of daily activities is provided in the course unit outline.

The cost of travelling to attend a residential school is not included in the course unit’s tuition fee. Students are required to make their own travel arrangements.

Meals and refreshments are provided on campus at no additional cost and in keeping with the feasting and fasting periods of the Church. Students with special dietary needs based on medical advice should consult the Registrar before enrolling in the unit.

St Andrew’s is not able to provide accommodation during the residential school period. Students are advised of nearby accommodation options which include: