Online Learning Environment
The online portion of our program offers students an engaging, media-rich learning experience that mirrors our dynamic on-campus classroom environment. Most online courses correspond to the University’s academic calendar, with Fall and Spring terms spanning 15 weeks each. Summer A and Summer B terms span six weeks each.
For online coursework, we use the Canvas platform, a technologically advanced and easy-to-use learning management system. It serves as a hub for coursework and communication. Its features include a repository for sharing content and an integrated media recorder that can be used for messaging, assignments, and discussions.
The online courses combine both asynchronous (self-study) and synchronous (live online classes) modalities. Students can expect to engage in activities that include creating and responding to artwork; reading articles and texts; completing written assignments; viewing recorded lectures and presentations; participating in discussion boards and live discussions; and participating in asynchronous and synchronous group activities. They may also blog, vlog, or engage in other activities, depending on the class and their personal interests.
In addition to Canvas, M.A. in Studio Practice for Art Educators (Hybrid) students use technology and software including Zoom video conferencing for all online courses. Online learning at Teachers College offers the added benefit of increasing students’ overall technological proficiency.
Required video conferencing sessions are scheduled collaboratively to ensure all students can participate.
Though online classes enable students to complete coursework largely on their own schedule, most courses require students to log in and participate once or twice weekly and to complete assignments on deadline. You can expect instructors to reply to your questions within 24-48 hours during the week.
Your faculty advisor and M.A. in Studio Practice for Art Educators (Hybrid) admission counselor are available for scheduled one-on-one virtual meetings throughout the year.
I have always wanted to earn a degree in studio art practice from Teachers College. The hybrid format and curriculum fit my needs perfectly.
Meghan Duval, M.A. in Studio Practice for Art Educators (Hybrid), Teachers College, Columbia University
Online Student Orientation
TC provides you with a range of resources to help ensure a smooth transition into the online learning portion of the program and success with your online studies. The College’s Academic Technology office sends all admitted students a welcome letter containing information on getting started with course technology. Students also receive course-specific information and resources at the beginning of each online course.