Online learning utilizes the Internet to create virtual classrooms that provide instructional content as well as student-centered learning experiences. Course participants access course syllabi, announcements, and course materials online, while engaging in an array of learning activities—such as online forums, threaded discussions, real-time chats, and team-based projects—that facilitate frequent student-teacher and student-student interaction. In addition, contextualized application of theories learned is supported as students fulfill course requirements in their actual workplaces.
An online course functions principally through cohort, non-simultaneous learning. Although class participants begin and end a subject together and progress through the major topics on a week by week basis, they are generally not required to be online at a specific time. Rather, students sign on and participate at times convenient to them, within the overall course calendar. Course requirements typically include a number of the following: reading and response to online articles and web pages, participation in class discussion, case studies, exercises, position papers, reports of fieldwork, collaborative projects, research activities, and examinations.
In essence, online graduate programs at AIIAS Online connect a student to faculty, classmates, advisors, and other experts in the field through today's communication technology. Online courses are developed and taught by the same qualified faculty that teach courses on the main AIIAS campus. Normally, accrediting bodies of an accredited institution include the online courses and programs in their coverage.