SEASSI 2017 Distance Classes
Distance education class format and student expectations: In keeping with our commitment to the development of communicative ability, SEASSI online instruction will be synchronous, intensive, and tightly scheduled. Rather than individual work, instruction will be classroom-based, that will involve students at different locations working together in a synchronous format. Work and study approaches will differ according to language and level, but students will have to prepare for each session by completing assigned work and will be expected to participate actively while online.
Online classes will be held Mondays through Fridays, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, central daylight time.
Depending on the number of distance students who want to enroll in a SEASSI class, you might be in a class that is comprised entirely of distance education students, or you might be in a class where some students meet face-to-face with the instructor while others participate from remote locations. The format we will be able to offer you will depend on the number of students enrolling in the class. For more information, pleae contact us by email or telephone 608-263-1755.
Program Dates: SEASSI classes will begin on Monday, June 19, 2017 and will extend through Friday, August 11, 2017.
Academic Goals: The goal of SEASSI is to teach the equivalent of an entire academic year (two semesters) of language instruction over the course of the intensive summer program. This is a full academic load. In addition to classroom time (8:00 am to 12:30 pm CDT) Mondays through Fridays, distance education students should expect to spend anywhere from three to five hours per day on homework assigments. This is the same homework load as that expected of SEASSI studens in a traditional classroom setting. Given the intensive nature of the program, students are advised not to take other courses for credit during SEASSI.
Attending SEASSI online from home (or cafe, shopping mall or any other noisy, distracting location): Participation from a distant location will require a high speed connection. Distance students are required to create a learning environment for themselves that is free from noise, foot traffic, or other distractions. A cafe or shopping mall would not provide an appropriate setting. We recommend that distant students utilize the language lab at their home college or university, if possible.