About Online Learning
Students enrolled in online programs at the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education (GRE) complete all their courses through the internet. Courses developed for online delivery maintain the same high standards as GRE’s face-to-face courses but have been adjusted to take full advantage of the online medium.
Students and faculty access their online courses through the Blackboard course management system. Each course has a designated course website within Blackboard. Within each course site, students will find announcements, a course syllabus, communication links, staff information, course resources, and a discussion board. The homepage of the course site contains most of the content links, presentations, and instructions for the course.
Typically, as students progress through the course each week, they will hear faculty lectures, view presentations and videos, read literature, and then reflect on what they have experienced. Students may write papers, take examinations, conduct research, and complete other weekly assignments and fieldwork.
Students will engage in active learning through group projects, conducting interviews as well as many other interactive activities.
Additionally, students share their insights, observations, and experiences with their classmates and instructor using Blackboard’s discussion board, making GRE’s online courses highly interactive.
Once enrolled in an online course, students will receive login and password information to gain access to their course. Additionally, students will be provided with a list of plug-ins they may need for their computers to ensure they have full access to all course content.
Students will also have access to some of the most extensive databases available to higher education through the Fordham University library. Tutorials are available to help students learn how to access journals and textbooks online.