For print-based courses, textbooks and workbooks are mailed to students along with other course documents. Supplementary audiovisual materials may be included as well. For maximum accessibility, most STOU programs are print-based, but they still make use of the full array of supplementary media listed below.
Though STOU has been involved with implementing e-learning (the use of computers in education) since 1985, it wasn’t until the STOU Plan 2000 was adopted that the university outlined a clear plan for delivering the main content of study programs via e-learning.
2005 marked the first large-scale online learning project at STOU. ATutor was chosen as the Learning Management System (LMS). In 2009, D4L was introduced as another LMS option.
When the main media is computer-based currently use the D4L+P platform. They contain the same number of units as print-based courses, but the online environment allows more collaboration and student-teacher interaction. The units (called modules) contain both individual and group tasks.
Radio and TV broadcasts are a unique and valuable part of STOU courses. Five radio and five television programs are provided for each course block. The programs are usually produced in STOU’s Educational Broadcasting Production Center.
Summary of STOU Instructional Media
- Workbooks (undergraduate courses)
- Study guides (graduate courses)
- Online LMS
- Course materials on CD ROM mirror those available online
- Supplementary Media
- Radio programs
- Public television programs
- STOU Channel – the university’s own C-band satellite TV station
- Satellite radio
- Audio tapes/CDs – recordings of radio programs
- Video CDs/DVDs – recordings of TV programs
- Media on demand – audiovisual resources available through the STOU website
- Online e-learning resources
- Multimedia CDs – offline e-learning resources, mirroring those online
- Tutorial sessions – face-to-face interaction; also via webcast, satellite video link
- E-tutorials – recordings of tutorials accessible through the university website
- M-learning – resources tailored for study via mobile devices; under ongoing developme