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Daybreak University offers the M.A. and Ph. D. in Counseling program through the three different delivery methods of instruction as follows: traditional (face-to-face) format, online format, and hybrid (face-to-face and online combined) format.
This delivery method allows learners and faculty to meet in person or as a group for regularly scheduled class sessions on campus. Face-to-face format can bring about synchronous student-instructor and student-student interaction.
Instruction is provided via the Internet and no face-to-face instruction is required. This format is a virtual classroom where course instruction, course content, and external resources such as academic links are provided to learners who are physically separated from the instructor. Instructions are provided electronically and asynchronously. Students in online courses watch and listen to lectures and complete assignments sent to them electronically. Students can always attend by participating in discussion boards or chat sessions, and turning in their work on time.With regard to distance education, Daybreak University follows the regulation and guideline by the U.S. Department of Education as follows: “An institution which offers Distance Education(DE) must be able to provide documentation that it has approval to offer its DE programs/courses in each state and/or location where it has enrolled students. The institution must identify the states and/or locations where it has been approved to offer DE programs/courses or has been exempted from such approval. This requirement is based on 34 CFR §600.9. The U.S. Department of Education has provided guidance to institutions regarding compliance with the regulation.”
The hybrid format incorporates both face-to-face delivery and online delivery formats. The hybrid format incorporates both face-to-face delivery and online delivery formats. Students can freely choose between traditional classes and online courses for each term. This hybrid format offers advantages both from traditional classes and from online learning; namely, person to person instruction and convenient electronic learning environment.
The institution demonstrates that programs and courses offered via distance education and correspondence education are in compliance with the Federal definition of distance Education and correspondence Education:
Education that uses one or more of the technologies listed to deliver instruction to students who are separated from the instructor and to support regular and substantive interaction between the students and the instructor, either synchronously or asynchronously. The technologies may include the internet; one-way and two-way transmissions through open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave, broadband lines, fiber optics, satellite, or wireless communications devices; audio conferencing; or video cassettes, DVDs, and CD-ROMs, if used in a course in conjunction with any of the technologies listed above.
Education provided through one or more courses by an institution under which the institution provides instructional materials, by mail or electronic transmission, including examinations on the materials, to students who are separated from the instructor; interaction between the instructor and the student is limited, is not regular and substantive, and is primarily initiated by the student; correspondence courses are typically self-paced; and correspondence education is not distance education.
NOTE: This definition for Correspondence Education is provided to ensure that the institution’s distance education meets the definition of distance education and does not fall to the level of correspondence education. Correspondence education is not reviewed by TRACS and is not included in an institution’s scope of recognition with TRACS.
Distance education at Daybreak University is defined as a formal educational process in which the majority of the instructional interaction occurs when student and instructor are not in the same place. Instruction may be synchronous or asynchronous. Distance education includes computer technologies. This policy shall apply to all credit-bearing courses and programs offered through distance education by the Daybreak University.
In the curricular review process, distance education programs shall demonstrate that they provide the opportunity for substantial, personal, and timely interactions between faculty and enrolled students.
The director of the distance education program assumes responsibility for and exercises oversight over the program, ensuring both the rigor of the courses and the quality of instruction. This includes:
Faculty Committee shall review all distance education courses, even if the curriculum is largely derived from existing campus-based courses and shall continue to ensure that the educational program offered through distance education is appropriate for delivery through distance education methods.
The method of delivery for new courses shall become part of each curriculum proposal, to be reviewed under the normal curricular process.
Any significant change in the method of delivery for existing courses or programs shall be submitted as a course change proposal, to be reviewed by the director of the distance education.
The academic review process by the committee shall be used to evaluate the educational effectiveness of distance education courses (including assessments of student based learning outcomes, student retention, and student satisfaction), and when appropriate, determine comparability to campus-based programs. This process shall also be used to assure the conformity of distance education courses to prevailing quality standards in the field of distance education.
A review and approval of all distance education courses, including those initially approved by the Academic Dean, shall begin immediately and conclude within two years of the implementation of this policy. This review shall follow the normal process specified in the policy file.
The University shall maintain clear standards for satisfactory academic progress.
The University shall ensure the completion of student evaluation of learning outcomes by duly qualified faculty, which are appropriate for use with the distance education methods used, and evaluated by duly qualified faculty.
Distance education courses will be offered according to the general University academic calendar. Courses are offered on a quarter calendar, however, if appropriate, shorter cycles are permitted with the permission of the Academic Dean.
Final examinations will be scheduled according to the designated examination period for the quarter or cycle, unless otherwise approved by the Academic Dean.
Daybreak University operates under a quarter hour system. For all courses bearing academic credit, “one quarter hour of credit” is, at a minimum, one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately ten to twelve weeks. For example, a 4.5 quarter-credit course would require at a minimum 45 hours of academic engagement and 90 hours of preparation for a total of 135 hours. A credit hour is assumed to be a 50-minute (not 60-minute) period.
As with any transfer coursework, academic credit may be transferred from a distance education course offered by other colleges or universities that are accredited by recognized agencies.
Distance education courses will comply with all related the University policies, including but not limited to: academic integrity, code of ethics, student code of conduct, discipline policy and policy on discrimination and harassment.
Courses will reflect good practices relating to: Well-articulated learning goals and expectations, Course procedures (e.g. communication, assignment submission), student assessment, program and course assessment, University disciplinary policy, University policy on discrimination and harassment, and the inclusion of well-articulated learning goals, course expectations and requirements, and methods of communication with instructor, on the course syllabus.
Student transcript for distance education courses will be handled as traditional face-to-face course. Transcripts will not reflect the modality of courses.
References to personal traits such as race, ethnicity, disabilities, age, and gender may be made public in accordance with the FERPA regulations.
Instructors in distance education program have responsibility for the quality of all program curricula. Ultimately, it is the instructor who is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the distance education offerings.
The program administrators shall ensure that:
The Daybreak University shall employ a sufficient number of faculty to assure that (A) the institution’s response to, or evaluation of, each student lesson is returned to the student within 10 days after the lesson is received by the institution; and (B) the institution’s response to, or evaluation of, each student project or dissertation is returned to the student within the time disclosed in the catalog.
The University shall maintain a record of the dates on which lessons, projects, and dissertations were received and responses were returned to each student.
The University shall ensure that the materials and programs are current, well organized, designed by faculty competent in distance education technique and delivered using readily available, reliable technology.
The University standards are followed in assigning course loads to instructors and awarding incentives to instructors teaching courses in distance education programs.
The Academic Dean possesses or has access to equipment, software, technical/ design/ production expertise, training, and technical/administrative support for effective and proficient delivery of distance education courses and programs, including potential changes in the technology or course structure.
The University ensures its long-range planning, budgeting, and policy development processes reflect the staffing, equipment, facilities, and other resources essential for the viability and effectiveness of distance education courses and programs.
The program administrators shall ensure that:
The program administrators shall ensure that:
Daybreak University makes sure about technology support as follows:
Ownership of materials, instructor compensation, and copyright issues shall be agreed upon by the instructor and the University prior to the initial offering of a distance education course. Unless otherwise agreed by the University and the instructor and specified in writing, the University claims the intellectual property rights on the educational contents and materials in the course so that the University can use the intellectual property and its future potential for the University.
We have makes sure about faculty duty and responsibility as follows:
An institution offering distance education as stated in Federal definitions must have a process to verify that the student who registers for a distance education course is the same student who participates in, completes, and receives credit. Methods to verify the student include but are not limited to a secure login or passcode, proctored examinations, or new or other technologies and practices that are effective in verifying the identity of the student.
University must notify the student at the time of registration of any additional charges associated with the verification of student identity.
This list of states is only applicable for accepting online, hybrid, and distance education students. Please contact the Daybreak University Office of General Counsel for information regarding Distance Education, clinical practicums, or fieldwork in states other than California.
State laws across the nation require universities to be authorized to legally deliver online education to students residing in states other than the home state of the institution. Daybreak University is in the state of California.
In other words, applicants who reside outside California will only be admitted to online courses or degree programs offered by Daybreak University if the university has secured legal authorization from the applicant’s state of residence.
Daybreak University is actively pursuing state authorization in every state of the nation; however, various state laws and fees might prohibit the university from achieving authorization in particular states. As a prospective student, if you reside in a state not currently on our state authorization list, we suggest contacting your state’s department of education for more information. Please see State Authorization file in Resources for details.
The Daybreak University is committed to protecting student privacy for students enrolled in all courses. All of the University policies regarding student privacy and information security apply to distance education courses. Faculty teaching distance education courses are expected to uphold these polices and follow these procedures:
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