Lifelong Learning for a Brighter World

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Health Ventures

Bringing Innovations in Health to Market

Transforming health innovation concepts into venture realities

Format (Online)

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Health Ventures is offered in an online and virtual classroom format with scheduled instructor-led online tutorials and experiential learning components to combine theory with a real innovation project or problem-based learning scenario. You should consider the learning format and its suitability for you to ensure that you have a successful learning experience. McMaster University Continuing Education uses the Learning Management System (LMS), and Brightspace (Desire to Learn) to deliver its online courses. McMaster uses the term “Avenue to Learn" (A2L) for the LMS.  

Online learning

Teaching methods could include readings, facilitated discussion boards, videos, narrated presentations, group and individual exercises. Courses include a weekly 3-hour live instructor-led lecture/tutorial.

You should expect to allocate approximately 8-10 hours per week to complete the course. 

Details are provided at the start of the course. A pre-course email with information on the course will be sent before the course start date. Courses are activated in Avenue to Learn 3 days before the 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 material 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
  • You have a Windows or Mac computer
  • Internet connection (high-speed broadband is best)
  • Speakers (built-in or USB headset)

Virtual Classroom Format

  • Courses offered as a virtual classroom with classes held, as per the scheduled day/time.
  • Classes will be held online, using a combination of synchronous, real-time, instructor led sessions, supplemented with asynchronous activities. 
  • You should expect to attend class at the same time each week, although not every session will be a full 3 hours of live instruction. Rather, classes will provide learners the opportunity to apply what has been covered by your course facilitator.

Considerations for Taking a Virtual Classroom Course

  • Your schedule allows you to attend class at the same time each week.
  • You prefer interacting with your peers and feeling part of a classroom environment. 
  • 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.
  • You have a quiet place to complete your work.
  • You are comfortable using technology (WebEx or ZOOM)
  • You have access to wifi/internet access, mobile device/laptop, microphone, and headphones and/or speakers