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Online Program Video Conferencing

We believe that theological education should be a deeply interpersonal activity done in community. Whether it be learning Hebrew or working out a thorny doctrinal issue, the live engagement between students and professors is absolutely critical. As such, we have intentionally designed our online classes to include video conferencing for real time engagement. Students learn with greater satisfaction when they can interact in a dynamic way with their professors and student colleagues. They consistently tell us that video conferencing is one of the most effective and desired methods of interaction we offer.

A recent graduate says:
"The professors were fully engaged with the video conferences and the assignments. I got to know the professors and developed strong and meaningful collegial relationships. Also, through the three years I got to know fellow students. I feel I can say that friendships developed."

What does this mean for you?

If you are an online student at Talbot, you should expect your courses to utilize video conferencing to some degree. Our professors are understanding of life circumstances and make accommodations for students who, on an occasional basis, are unable to attend these meetings, however, participation is expected and in most cases required.

Here is a breakdown of commonly asked questions:

What is the frequency of video conferences for my courses?

The frequency may vary from course to course from just two meetings for the entire semester to one meeting per week. Some courses utilize video conferences in an optional way. Professors determine the frequency of a course's meetings depending on the goals and nature of the course.

What day and time do video conferences usually happen?

The typical window of time for our video conferences is Monday–Thursday between 4–9 p.m. (16:00–21:00) pacific time. This time of day enables us to reach the majority of our online students.

How long are video conferences?

The average meeting time is 60 minutes.

How many students are there during video conferences?

Most of these meetings have no more than 10 students at a time.

Do all Talbot Online programs use video conferencing equally?

Some degree programs, due to the nature of their subject matter, utilize video conferencing more heavily than others. An admissions counselor can provide greater detail on the extent to which the program you are interested in uses video conferencing.

Video conferencing is not the only means by which students engage with their professors and classmates. We use text-based discussion forums called "threaded discussions" and other online learning media tools that do not require real time engagement with others. The goal is to provide the online learner with a variety of interactive avenues to engage with others over the course material.

For additional questions regarding video conferencing, please contact an admissions counselor.