What does an RTS Distance Education course look like?

  • Learning Management System (LMS) - RTS Distance Education's online classroom (LMS) is your classroom away from campus.  Once given an account on our LMS, the RTS student will find this online environment as the one-stop "shop" for all course-related content and communication.  Once an RTS student takes their first distance education course, their LMS account will remain active for the entirety of their degree program.  Students will only have access to the course in which they are registered.  To register for an online course please see your campus registrar or go to PowerCampus.


  • Video Overviews - Many of our courses include brief video overviews of each weekly lesson that are designed to give the student a preview of the week's upcoming lesson and why this lesson is important to the student's life and ministry. 

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  • Audio Lectures - Each course lesson includes an audio lecture(s) taken from actual live courses.  The lectures have been edited into well-organized Mp3 files of approximately 50 minutes each.  One lesson may have several audio lecture files but will follow the course notebook in content.  To listen to actual course audio lectures click here:  RTS on iTunes U.
  • Course Notebook - The course notebook is designed to be roadmap for students as they listen to course lectures and complete assigned reading.  The notebooks follow the GUIDE format which consists of the following:
    1. G - Getting Started - instructs the student what audio lectures to listen to and what reading to complete.
    2. U - Understanding - presents to learning objectives and purposes for each lesson.
    3. I - Investigating - Is the outline of the audio lecture which provides the framework for students to add additional notes.
    4. D - Developing - An end-of-lesson question or questions designed to help the student apply to lesson to both life and ministry situations.
    5. E - Evaluating - A set of questions from the lesson and reading that will help the student to prepare for exams.
    6. To Download a Sample Course Notebook Click Here

 

  • Topical Discussion Question Forums - These Q&A forums are placed strategically within weekly lessons in order to help the student synthesize what they have learned during the week's lesson.  As each student answers the forum question, the course professor will interact with the student to confirm their answer or require more input.  Students cannot see other student's responses until they answer the Topical Discussion Question.
  • Student to Professor Forum - This forum is in essence, the professor's office.  It gives students to opportunity to ask questions of the professor regarding paper topics, lecture content, or other course content-related questions.  Students are required to introduce themselves to the professor in this forum and have a minimum number of forum interactions with the professor for their course participation grade (consult course syllabus for requirements).
  • Student to Student Forum - This forum allows students to interact with one another on course topics as well as life and ministry in general.  It is a place to forge some new friendships and share helpful tips when it comes to completing course assignments.
  • Assignment Upload Links - For each course assignment, the student is given a link to upload the assignment and provide any relative comments regarding that assignment to the professor.
  • Exams - All courses consist of at least one exam which are taken online in the LMS.  Some things to keep in mind regarding exams:
    1. All exams require a proctor who must submit an online form confirming the exam date, time, and the proctor's presence and oversight during the exam.
    2. Proctors can be anyone except a spouse or current RTS student.
    3. All exams and proctor forums are taken/submitted online.