LIVE classes have nine total synchronous class sessions. During the summer sessions, classes meet three times a week for three weeks. During all other sessions the classes meet once a week for nine weeks. Outside the class sessions, students complete activities assigned by the instructor. Those activities could include problem sets, readings, research, writing, labs, and asynchronous forum discussions. For most of the outside-class time activities, students work on their own, then come together to discuss, share and collaborate during class hours.
Problem-Based classes also have 12 total synchronous class sessions. During the summer sessions, classes meet three times a week for four weeks. During all other sessions the classes meet once a week for twelve weeks. These courses are project-centered and require students to work collaboratively in assigned project teams of approximately five students to create solutions to the specific problem around which the course is centered. Class session consist of one hour of synchronous whole group instruction followed by a one-hour work session for project teams. While instructors for Problem-Based classes provide guidance to student project teams, classes are student-driven and require students to set up times outside of scheduled class meetings to collaborate and successfully complete their projects.
Some assignments may ask students to collaborate in small groups outside class hours.