Distance Learning at City Vision University
At City Vision University, we believe there is nothing like firsthand knowledge. All of our courses in the social services combine distance learning with an on-site training component. Our Internet-based courses provide a unique distance learning experience that, in many classes, incorporates the actual operations of a nonprofit organization or agency as both "laboratory" and “classroom." Regular interaction with faculty members and other students is an important element of our instructional method.
Our three credit courses are conducted in an accelerated semester format, covering sixteen weeks of material in just eight weeks. Students should expect to spend 10-15 hours per week in learning activities related to each course.
The courses are asynchronous, which means that students can log into the online classroom at times that are most convenient to them. Every Monday morning a course is in session, new learning projects are presented to the student which are to be completed by the following Monday. These assignments and examinations are submitted via the Moodle course management system.
Students taking social services courses need access to a nonprofit organization of some kind. Much of the course work will involve directed observation, analysis, data gathering, and evaluation of its operations. Counseling, addiction recovery, and chaplaincy courses may also require personal interaction with an organization's clients.
The independent study component of the courses includes:
Audio and video recordings of lectures and workshops
Written research projects
Online discussion and collaboration with other students and faculty members
Other guided on-site learning experiences
All students must have a personal Internet email address and Web access. In many cases, access through public libraries and free email services are sufficient.
Prospective students in the social services programs who are not currently involved with a nonprofit organization may participate in a supervised internship.
For further information on computer requirements, click here.