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Modalities

The BS Schedule for classes shows the mode or type in which your courses will be delivered. You will see the following codes for Bluefield States' current INSM listings in the first column.

  

INSM
Class Modes
Definitions Description
  IVN Interactive Video Network two-way video-audio system delivered via electronic classroom
  IVNWE Web Enhanced- Interactive Video Network two-way video-audio system delivered via electronic classroom with web based access
       
  BLKBD Blackboard web based delivered class
  BBDH Blackboard - Hybrid classes that are taught on line but meet a few times for testing
  WBBD Web Enhanced - Blackboard taught in classroom and enhanced by the web
       
  MOODL Moodle web based delivered class
  MOODH Moodle - Hybrid classes that are taught on line but meet a few times for testing
  WEMDL Web Enhanced - Moodle taught in classroom and enhanced by the web

 

The BS class schedule printed each semester lists the instructional methods by course on the left has side of the sheet. The coded INSM column designates the way that the instructor will deliver their course. Classes that are 100% online will show the code BLKBD or MOODL delivered through the BLACKBOARD or the MOODLE interface. These courses have NO scheduled meetings while face to face and blended courses list specific meeting times and locations.

All online course syllabi are available from the Blackboard and MOODLE link at the top of this page. Students are encouraged to contact their instructors about class expectations during the first week of the school.  Students are also expected to closely follow the syllabus and course outline in order to proceed through the course and complete the sequenced assignments.  All students taking online classes must either have home access to e-mail and the WWW or come to one of the BS campus sites to activate their e-mail accounts.

Textbooks and study guides are available through the BS Bookstore at (304)327-4182.  They take checks, MC, or VISA as means of payment and ship books next day UPS to your street address (no PO boxes).

Definitions of BS Distance Learning Modalities

http://bluefieldstate.edu/Distance%20Education/DEmodalities.htm

Interactive Video Network (IVN): a two-way video-audio system where the students are seated in electronic classrooms at Bluefield, Beckley, Lewisburg, SWVCTC(Wyoming, McDowell and Sausville). The instructor is usually at the Bluefield site but may be at the Lewisburg site.  The strength of this modality is that the students and instructor can see and hear one another simultaneously.  These classes meet at the time, day, and campus scheduled each week and students are expected to attend each class.

Distance Learning or Asynchronous Distance Learning (ADL) refers to any combination of the above modalities (IVN-WE, WBBD or WECRT) with an e-mail and World Wide Web (WWW) component in order to deliver instruction to the students in their homes at their convenience. Usually instruction is delivered by WWW, e-mail, videotape, text-study guide, and instructor-prepared study guides. Projects and papers are an integral part of the course content.  .  Exams may be open book, or proctored or online. Also, be sure to note that if your course has a Web component, you will access either BLACKBOARD or MOODLE for your course.