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Distance Learning

The Department of Information Technology at Barry University has recently started offering courses and programs in a distance delivery format - in addition to its traditional face-to-face courses and programs - that would not conflict with the university’s mission of being a personal, caring, and traditional institute of higher education. In an effort to provide exceptional quality education, Barry has adopted state-of-the-art technologies and engineered a high-performance networking infrastructure. Some of the virtual laboratories, digital libraries, and distance education courses at Barry are transmitted via Internet2, which is the foremost U.S. advanced networking consortium.

All distance learning courses use Blackboard as the hub of all documents and assignment management, distribution and submission, as well as the system of choice for asynchronous discussion forums. Distance learning courses may use the web conferencing tools to allow students to interact in real-time with their professors and classmates without necessary being physically in the classroom. This will promote spontaneous class discussions and peer interaction and help build an online Barry community.

Blackboard has effectively served as a central point for course materials (syllabus, lecture notes, etc.), collection of assignments, discussion forums, and grade management. While this helps achieve a high degree of portability, it is not designed for rich video/audio delivery, application interaction, and real-time discussion. To better simulate the interactive experiences of the traditional classroom environment, Microsoft's web conferencing software, Live Meeting, is used to conduct class meetings in real-time and teach classes with each participants in a different location - at home, at the office, or anywhere in the world with fast access to the Internet.

Flexible Online Courses

All flexible online (FLEX) sessions are broadcast live during the class scheduled date and time.

In-class and Video Conferencing

This FLEX format gives students the flexibility to participate in the weekly web video-conferencing live broadcast sessions or attend some of the in-class broadcast sessions. Three of the eight sessions (normally first, mid & last sessions) are broadcast live from a media-equipped classroom at Barry where students may drive to for face-to-face interaction. These in-class sessions are hosted at designated campus locations, such as the Pembroke Pines and the Miami shores campuses. The rest of the eight sessions are broadcast live from a remote location, such as the instructor's office or home.

Class Listing

CS- 560-FX Database Management Systems - Dr. K. Deeb
In-Class and Video Web Conferencing
Tuesday, 06:00PM – 10:00PM
FLEX Graduate

Video Conferencing Only

In this FLEX format, all the weekly sessions are broadcast live from a remote location, such as the instructor's office or home, using real-time web video conferencing. Therefore, there will be no classroom reserved for optional face-to-face interaction.

Class Listing

IT-535-FX Research Methodologies - Dr. K. Deeb
Video Web Conferencing
Monday, 06:00PM – 10:00PM
FLEX Graduate

Fully Online Courses

Instructors teaching in a fully-online format are not required to deliver weekly live sessions via web conferencing or in-person in the classroom. These courses follow the traditional online education where students must complete all their coursework via Blackboard. Still, with the availability of the web multimedia conferencing software, instructors are expected to enhance their fully-online courses with ad-hoc web video-conferencing live broadcast sessions and as they see fit. It is, therefore, up to each instructor to decide if, when, and how web video-conferencing live broadcast sessions may be used to promote interaction and live participation.

Class Listing

IT-499-OB Integrated Capstone Project - Dr. K. Deeb
Fully Online
Online Undergraduate

Turnitin

Student papers submitted to fulfill any of the course requirements may be examined for textual similarity by Turnitin (http://www.turnitin.com/) for the detection of plagiarism. All papers submitted to Turnitin are retained in its global database for an unknown and undisclosed period of time and may be used to compare against other documents submitted to Turnitin, solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers. Any suspected plagiarism will be investigated in accordance with the University’s guidelines and policies on academic dishonesty.

http://www.turnitin.com/ is a web-based plagiarism detection and prevention software used by instructors to check papers for evidence of plagiarism. Once a paper is submitted to Turnitin, it is checked against a database that includes internet content, millions of published works, and every paper ever submitted to Turnitin. The instructor may submit the student paper to Turnitin through its website or configure Blackboard to automatically submit uploaded papers to Turnitin. An originality report is generated shortly after the student paper is submitted to Turnitin. The report displays all suspected instances of plagiarism and includes links to where the information was originally found.

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