Overview and Assessment of Effectiveness
AMU’s Academic delivery of courses and programs is in three formats: online, on-site, or a pre-designed blend of online and on-site. The University joins with faculty and the Student Quality Council (SQC) to comprehensively assesses all three formats as part of AMU’s quality management system. The assessment criteria are: a) measurable effectiveness in assisting student learning, b) accomplishment of the transfer of knowledge, skills and competencies which are useful to students, employers and sponsors, c) student satisfaction, d) student progress and pacing toward degree, e) faculty availability and responsiveness, and f) academic staff support.
Schedule and Syllabi
In all three academic formats, courses meet weekly at pre-designated times and duration with faculty. If course content is delivered by faculty primarily by online videocast, faculty are assisted by local support and complemented by pre-scheduled, on-site faculty meetings with students. Course materials are available on the AMU Learning Management System (LMS) before the course begins. Included among the materials are the complete course syllabus, assignments, grading rubric, and quiz or final assessment dates and format. Online links are provided to designated assignments. AMU proprietary and faculty lessons, PowerPoints and videos add additional insights and exercises. Course PowerPoints discussed in class, faculty and student verbal commentaries and chat box for each class are recorded, archived, and available for student review 24×7.
AMU courses use a grading rubric included on the syllabus which weights achievement in five (5) uniform categories: a) attendance, b) participation, c) homework, d) projects (course-specific and degree-related), and e) final assessment. Students engage online with faculty before and between class meetings and assessments. End of semester Colloquia in all delivery formats reinforce student learning, assess student progress, and provide opportunities for group and one-on- one faculty feedback.