About Online Learning

Distance Learning Philosophy

At the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education (GRE), we believe that a positive distance-learning experience is grounded in creating a vibrant learning community, so we designed our online classes to offer the same high-quality educational experience as our traditional classroom courses.  Informed by the latest research addressing distance education and adult learners, the online courses at GRE are designed to take full advantage of innovations in educational technology. When you take an online class at GRE, you will enjoy a fully-engaged experience created by expert faculty that results in a learning community consistent with the Ignatian commitment to cura personalis  (care of the whole person). 

What You Can Expect

Typically, online courses run for eight weeks, with A and B sessions offered in each 16-week academic semester. Weekly modules, which are accessed through the Blackboard learning platform, will usually consist of readings, online presentations and videos, and interactive elements that may include recorded reflections, electronic discussions with classmates, or sharing research. Some online courses may contain fieldwork or other practical components. Every online course includes a brief orientation and information about technical assistance, online-learning resources, and information about how to connect with your instructor. While each course is designed to best address its subject matter, you will find all GRE courses lively and interactive, with an intentional commitment to a complete and rewarding learning experience. 

A few courses each semester may run in alternative formats.  These may include:  15 week online asynchronous courses or Remote courses.  Remote courses are live online courses that take place at the same time each week and require attendance at that time.