Why Study Online
Qibla Courses Have These Components
Lessons for a course are usually both live and pre-recorded. Most courses are offered in a pre-recorded format, enhanced with slide text, diagrams, images, and whiteboard usage. The course pages list the dates by which you should listen to a particular recording. To complement the recorded lessons, there are also weekly live sessions. In these live classes, the instructor clarifies key concepts and tests understanding of the material, and students also have the opportunity to ask questions.
Some courses contain live classes only. Students can attend the lessons live at a pre-defined time, and follow along with the slide text, diagrams, mind maps, images, and the whiteboard.
Attending live classes is critical because they provide live interaction with instructors. Each week students receive email reminders about the live classes. At the live tutorial, students interact with the instructor either with a microphone or through typing their questions into the text chat box. The instructor will respond to queries via voice.
All live classes are recorded and recordings made accessible for later review or in case students miss the live class.
Self-assessment allows students to quickly gauge their understanding of the lesson as well as focus on the key aspects that they need to learn from the lesson.
The type of assessment depends on the topic of the lesson as well as the science being taught. Examples include:
Self-Study Drills (SSD)
Quandary or Case Study Assessment
Discussion forums are the means through which students maintain a steady “conversation” with everyone else (i.e. their fellow classmates and instructors) throughout the course.
Instructors and students can post to the forum. Posts may include interesting articles from the instructor, requests to the students, and questions from the students. Students are strongly encouraged to share thoughts and ask questions via the forum. The “Meet Your Classmates” forum is the place to post self-introductions at the beginning of the semester.
Students are periodically expected to complete assignments (e.g. a mid-term assignment or a final assignment). These assignments test the student’s knowledge across a group of lessons covered in the course. Some courses have more rigorous assignment requirements, including a pre-lesson and post-lesson assignment.
The assignment varies depending mainly on the course goals and science being taught. They can be a mixture of the following:
1. Short reflective essay;
2. Comprehension questions with discussion;
3. Individual project that can be submitted in different formats (PowerPoint presentation, essay, etc.);
4. Group project, also in potentially different formats;
5. Timed test with a specific number of multiple-choice questions; or
6. Closed-book test with no time limit.