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4. Online modules

How do I get my study materials?

Course materials are provided through the online learning management system (Blackboard). Within this system, you will find all you need for your courses: the individual units and their materials--including tasks, the compulsory reading, the discussion boards to exchange opinions with your fellow students and so on.

Can I get a certificate for individual modules? Or can I start during the second semester?

We expect all participants to complete the entire program.

Could you give me some more precisie information about the Blackboard? Are we going to be able to watch the movies online?

Yes, you will be able to watch the movies online (videostreamed).

How are the online-discussion appointments (virtual classroom...) organised? What kind of equipment shall we have (DSL, Webcam, PC or Apple, Software.....) ?

There will be organised online discussions almost every week, both with Skype, msn style and virtual classroom (through our Blackboard), and with Avatars in Virtual 3D-Worlds (such as Second Life and Twinity). You are required to have access to high-speed internet. You can use either PC or Apple-technology. A Webcam is useful, but not necessary, but you will need a microphone or headset for the Skype-classes and a skype-account. If you want to attend the 3D-classes in second life you need an Avatar in Second Life and a computer with sufficient system requirements for 3d-performances.

How will the assignments be introduced ?

The types of assignments depend on the course. Some will be in the form of questions requiring short or long answers, while some will be more of a practical nature (a photography project, for example). Regarding equipment, post-production facilities etc., please see section 7. Technology.

How many hours should I be working per week?

You should calculate for one week and one module:

  • Watching a film (online via videostream): 1 to 2 hours
  • Mandatory reading: 2 hours
  • Reading up on the filmmakers: 30 minutes
  • Reading the unit content (text): 1 hour
  • Assignement questions: 1 to 2 hours
  • + 1 hour chat or skype discussion

You should be working roughly between 5.5 to 7.5 hours (+ 1 hour discussion) for each unit (6.5 hours mandatory, and 2.5 more are recommended). You have to complete two units per week, which means:

You should be working roughly 12-18 hours per week.

For a detailed workload, read the official regulations (engl. version later - sorry, only German version available at this time).

Examination:

The students will have to write a final paper for each module or alternatively finish a short film project.