TIPM ONLINE COURSE

Online learning makes TIPM education available to many people who would not otherwise have access to classes, due to time constraints or geographic limitations. Two postgraduate studies i.e Project management and Monitoring and Evaluation online learning programs are currently available to professionals seeking advanced studies or continuing education, and TIPM Business and Management School is committed to developing and offering additional opportunities.
For more information on the online programs (PGD in Project Management and Executive PGD in Monitoring and Evaluation) as well as online and blended courses made available to on-campus students, please contact:

Director of studies
Online Distance learning Programme
Po Box 11161,
DSM Tanzania

TIPM ONLINE PROGRAMME

Introduction
Online courses use digital technologies to provide learning with multimedia sources; allow for multiple learning strategies; comply with Institute policies concerning access; include flexible scheduling; integrate off-campus, technology-based learning, student-faculty and student-student interaction; and broaden the concept of learning communities.
Specific Purpose
To deliver administratively approved “online courses” that facilitate instruction, which provide structured on-line experiences through course management software and other media for quality student learning at a distance.

GUIDELINES

Delivery of an Online Course

An online course is delivered entirely online, with no required classroom sessions. All assignments, tests and projects will be delivered through online system except final exam where established centers will be used for the same. To inform students fully of the structure of the online course, a hot link from the course schedule would allow for students to see the syllabus and other important information for the course.

Online course idea consultation and Approval

To begin, the department concerned is strongly encouraged to take a self-assessment to determine if an online course would be compatible with the instructor’s style. The proposer must formally consult with the Program Coordinator to inform that person of the interest in online course development. The proposer must complete the Request for Proposal for Online Course Development Form (.doc), gain the Program Coordinator’s signature, and submit the proposal to the Director of studies. The Director of studies will submit to the Governing Board for approval and then share all approved proposals with the Faculty Center to arrange for an initial consultation with the proposer and the development of an action plan. This would facilitate identifying the appropriate offering platform (World Campus, eLearning Cooperative), and labeling the course properly in the course schedule (important information for both students and advisors); it would also allow for referral of the proposer to experts who together collaborate on the development of the online course, to ensure that the course meets its educational goals. It is important to strategically consider the development of online courses in a programmatic fashion rather than the development of an isolated online course.

Development of Online Courses

Members of the department are required to work with the instructional designers. The benefit of working with instructional designers is that they do course design work every day, are current with the latest instructional technologies, are familiar with best practices, and can the Institute and external teaching and learning resources. Generally, at least two full semesters of design and development time are needed to create a new online course.

Quality of courses

Online courses are comparable to traditional campus-based courses in terms of: (1) syllabus, (2) textbooks, (3), grading, (4) methods of evaluation, and (5) learning outcomes.
Course Review
A course review will be conducted for each first-time instructor and each new course. Criteria will include but not be limited to student satisfaction, student learning outcomes, student retention, class presentation, and class management.

Ownership of Materials

TIPM reserves the right of ownership of all electronic documents, programs, curricular, etc. developed under the auspices of the College

Interaction with students
Communication between students and TIPM is vital for the success of Distance Learning. TIPM has adopted the following Student Structured Access Policy:
TIPM full-time and part-time lecturers must provide structured access to online students. Access methods must be clearly stated within the Learning Management System course site and also within the course syllabus. Access in the form of stated “office hours” may consist of, but not be limited to, structured email response (within 24-48 hours) policies, designated live chat sessions, and/or discussion board postings, scheduled phone accessibility, or combinations of such methods.

SUPPORT SERVICES

Student Grievance Procedure

TIPM attempts to resolve internally all types of grievances at the level where they occur and in a timely manner. It is the student’s advantage to keep communication open with Elearning department and peers, thus avoiding the necessity for appeals. Any distance learning student wishing to make a formal complaint regarding a college program, a service of the college, an employee of the college, or any other individual or aspect of the college, must take the following steps:
(a) Discuss the problem with the department member, or administrator involved. Direct communication between the two parties usually resolves most of the problems.
(b) If informal efforts to resolve the problem are not productive, the complainant should then contact the eLearning Coordinator to help in processing the complaint. The complaint must be in writing and sent to distancelearning@…………. The Coordinator will organize the information regarding the student’s issue.
(c) If the complainant, at this point, wishes to file a formal complaint, he or she should express the nature of the complaint and all pertinent information in writing to the Director of Office of distance learning. A response will be sent within ten working days.
(d) If the student is not satisfied with the resolution of grievance, that student may then appeal in writing to the Director of business studies. The appeal to the Director of studies must be made within three days of the previous decision.
(e) Students who do not submit a written appeal by the appointed date forfeit any further consideration in this matter.
(f) No adverse action will be taken against a student for filing a complaint.

Learning/Library Resources
The College ensures that students participating in online classes have access to adequate and appropriate learning resources. Learning resources are provided through a variety of methods including the College’s participation in statewide online learning resource cooperatives.