Business of Golf & Resort Management

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Format (Online)

The Business of Golf and Resort Management program offers courses in an online format. It is important that you consider the learning format and its suitability for you in order to ensure that you have a successful learning experience. The Centre for Continuing Education uses the Learning Management System (LMS), Brightspace (Desire to Learn), to deliver its online courses. McMaster uses the term “Avenue to Learn (A2L)” for the LMS. 

Online Format

Teaching methods include weekly readings, facilitated discussion boards, videos, narrated presentations, group and individual projects, tests and assignments. You will be interacting with your classmates and your instructor each week.

You should expect to allocate approximately six to eight hours per week to complete your work. Each course has 8 weekly live synchronous chats, meaning the student is required to attend the live discussion with the class and instructor in one 2 hour period each week. Chats are held on either Tuesdays or Thursdays from 7 PM - 9 PM (Eastern) depending on the course start date.   

A pre-course email with information on the course will be sent during the week before the course start date. Courses are made “live” in Avenue to Learn three days prior to course start date.

Considerations for Taking an Online Class

  • You are good at keeping yourself on task to complete a project.
  • You are comfortable asking for clarification when needed and expressing yourself in written form through email or a discussion board.
  • You are able to read the textbook (and the assignments) on your own and understand the concepts.
  • You are able to work independently and in small groups.
  • You have a quiet place to complete your work.
  • You are comfortable using technology.

What equipment do I need to use any of the online course software and tools?

 

The following equipment is required for taking a course online: 

  • Windows or Mac computer
  • Internet connection (high speed broadband is best)
  • Latest version of Internet Explorer or related browser
  • MS Word (or other word processor) and basic Excel for some courses. If you are not familiar with Word or Excel, practice tutorials are available on the internet
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader