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Online Master of Information Technology

The Online Classroom Experience

Lectures by World-Class Faculty

Experience a learner-centered approach, enhanced by the latest in multimedia technology. Asynchronous lectures by VTMIT faculty are streamed right to your desktop at any time - 24/7. Watch them as often as you choose. Extensive notes and transcripts, posted on the course website, accompany and enhance each lecture. Course lectures usually contain the following components:

Narrated PowerPoint presentations use a mixture of speech and visuals to allow the instructor to explain, slide by slide, details that can't be clearly illustrated by text or pictures alone.

Online demos and tutorials showcase techniques and software usually taught in a classroom computer lab.

Regular Discussion Sessions with Faculty and Peers

Experience a learner-centered approach, enhanced by the latest in multimedia technology. Synchronous sessions are held in real-time using software that connects you with your instructor and classmates at a specific time/day - usually one evening per week (eastern standard time) for each course.

WebEx is a powerful tool for online multiple-user interaction and course organization that includes real-time two-way audio, application sharing, web browsing, white boarding, and text chat. In other words, by sitting at your computer with a head-set, you can talk to your professor and classmates just as if you were meeting around a seminar table.

Instructors can import PowerPoint files and walk through them just like in a traditional classroom setting - stopping to answer questions along the way. Groups can break off to brainstorm and then return to the larger group to present. WebEx can be used for scheduled class times, as well as for impromptu meetings with study partners. With the growing popularity of internet-based video and teleconferencing, the interactive skills you learn while participating in your WebEx course are sure to prove beneficial to your future professional efforts.

What do participants think of the online discussions?

"I truly enjoy being able to watch lectures and complete assignments on my own schedule. I do think some professors have a better grasp on how to engage students to make the classes just as rewarding as a traditional classroom experience." - Jessica Oaks, Quality Metrics Analyst, Holy Spirit - A Geisinger Affiliate
“I have actually found that I am learning more because the online class that I am taking is not assessment (i.e. an exam) based but project based. I enjoy the ability to explore different ways to overcome challenges rather than memorizing a set list of facts and being tested in them. I hope that other MIT classes follow this model!” - Edmung Jong, Research Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Research Center – Arlington
With the trend now moving towards mobile platforms and mobile audio-visual conferences and chat facilities, I have real-time access and awareness to all matters pertinent to the Graduate program, and more.” – Kathleen Anderson, Systems Developer Analyst, VT.EDU Enterprise Systems
"I like the involvement of the faculty a lot more at Virginia Tech, they are always there if you need them via a quick e-mail or a forum posting and I really enjoy that some classes have an assistant to the teaching faculty member that is also available to help. I do not feel alone or isolated in the online environment the MIT program offers. The class sizes are very reasonable as well, no more than 45 students." - Daniel Maloney, Lead Software Engineer,Integrated Bank Technology - Cedar Park, Texas

Student Performance Evaluation

How students are evaluated is at the discretion of the faculty, and evaluation and assessment methods are defined at the beginning of each semester in each course syllabus. However, VTMIT students can expect to be graded on:

Course assessments test comprehension and practical application of material covered in lectures, in assigned textbooks or reading materials, or in the discussion sessions. Assignments and projects can be submitted and presented in electronic form. Some exams may require students to find acceptable proctors to monitor the exam session.

A thesis or comprehensive exam/project is not required for the Information Technology Masters.

Student Support Resources

Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies TLOS leverages an array of activities, services, and leadership in online programs and technology-enhanced learning to significantly benefit student learning with a range of high caliber, technology-enabled programs and activities. TLOS will collaborate with colleges and departments on advancing technology-enhanced learning by incentivizing and supporting highly effective distance learning programs, online content for on-campus courses, and hybrid courses. Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies

University Libraries

Established in 1872 with 500 volumes, University Libraries now includes holdings of more than 2,000,000 volumes physically located in Newman Library, the four branches, and a high-density storage building. The university community also has access to a large and continuously expanding collection of electronic databases and full content journals provided by the library. The library is a selective depository for federal documents and is an invited member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). University Libraries.

The library hosts a dedicated library site for distance learners and employs a full-time distance learning librarian to assist with the research needs of online students. Numerous online materials are available to students anywhere in the world, such as searchable databases, eJournals, electronic theses/dissertations, and more. In addition, the library's ILLiad system permits the library to mail print materials to any student living outside of Montgomery County Virginia.

Program Advisement

Students in the program can meet - either by phone, email, chat, or in-person - with a full-time VTMIT academic advisor to discuss the best methods for navigating the program. The program advisor can answer questions about the curriculum, module requirements/prerequisites, faculty, career and professional goals, or other program-related issues. vtmitinfo@vt.edu or 703-538-8464.

University Computing

Virginia Tech students have access to a wide variety of computing resources. Email accounts, calendaring, free software downloads, virus protection, multimedia services, online tutorials, document server space, professional online training opportunities, and more are all available at no cost to enrolled students. University Computing

Hokie SPA

Through Virginia Tech's online administrative gateway, the Hokie SPA, students have 24/7 access to their student records - payment history, course history, grades, and more. The Hokie SPA also allows students to register online, pay tuition with a credit card, update contact information, and more. Hokie SPA

University Bookstores

Career Services

Advice for conducting a job search or exploring career options; links to employers, job fairs and recruiters. Career Services

Cook Counseling Center

Online study skills workshops, counseling services, relaxation techniques, more. Cook Counseling Center

About Virginia Tech

Directions to campus, campus maps, snapshots, university overview and history, more. About Virginia Tech