How are the MES online courses delivered?
Except for the summer residencies, all MES program core courses are delivered over the Internet using the University of Alberta's eClass course interface (Moodle). You can expect most aspects of your web-based courses to be:
All students in the course have the same assignment deadlines.
With rare exceptions, you will not be required to "meet" at certain times online. You will be able to complete coursework during the hours that are best for you. On the rare ocassion where synchronous meetings are included, you will use a web-based conferencing system that is built into eClass.
Although you will complete many assignments on your own and pursue your own area of interest, you can expect some group assignments. Coursework will encourage you to draw on the wisdom, resources, and support of your classmates.
Built for teachers and schools
Course assessments will be constructed around a typical school year calendar. If, for instance, an assignment due date is scheduled during the same period as report-card preparation, simply contact your instructor to discuss an alternate deadline.
What are the computer requirements for full participation in the program?
You will require a computer with reliable Internet access. We recommend a high-speed Internet connection: this will make it much easier for you to conduct Internet research and download the course documents that are required for your coursework. At minimum, you should be comfortable using an Internet browser, email, online discussion boards, a word-processing program (Word), and search engines.
Can I take online courses for my electives?
Yes; in fact, most MES students do select online electives. It is your responsibility to identify the courses that best meet your needs and to have these courses approved for the MES program. However, we will make every effort to provide support, advice, and recommendations to help you determine the best options for your program. Please contact the MES Graduate Secretary to discuss proposed electives.
Does the MES offer online electives?
Yes, typically in the Fall and Spring semesters. Click here for a list of current electives.