Two types of synchronous courses are offered through Boise State eCampus, Telecourses and Videoconferencing. Both have mandatory in-person requirements.
- Telecourses blend nationally pre-produced educational programs broadcast in thirteen (13) one-hour segments on Idaho Public Television. There are also options to view the broadcasts online through streaming video or by purchasing a set of DVDs. During the first in-person class meeting for Telecourses, which generally occurs during the second week of the semester, students receive course orientation information from the instructor.
In addition to viewing broadcast programs, students attend scheduled in-person meetings, read required texts, complete and submit assignments, and take tests as required. Information for accessing the broadcasts is sent in a welcome email at the beginning of each semester to students’ BroncoMail email accounts.
- Videoconferencing courses allow information from one site to be delivered to another site through video broadcast technology. Instructors provide a lecture at one location, which is viewed in real time by students at another location. This technology allows students at the remote location to participate in class activities and interact with the instructor in real time.
In-person attendance at all class lectures may be required by the instructor. Course information — such as the syllabus, assignments, or course schedules — is available through Blackboard, an instructor’s class webpage, or by email from the instructor. When exams require in-person monitoring, a proctor will be present at the remote site location.
Both Telecourses and videoconference courses require that students be comfortable interacting with course materials using educational technology. Students must also be available to attend all in-person class meetings, have excellent time management skills, and be able to complete tasks with little direction. Review the eCampus Course List to see what courses are available.