Learning Formats during COVID-19

LIVE Classroom+Remote Learning Format for Fall 2020 Semester
What you need to know as a student

Announcement: All classroom programs will be offered in a duo modality LIVE Classroom+Remote learning format for the Fall 2020 semester. This “best of both worlds” approach allows to teach the curriculum partially in the classroom (in person) and partially remotely via Zoom. Those who choose this duo modality format will enjoy the immersive classroom experience on campus safely as we enable physical distancing by limiting the number of students on campus. At the same time, some class sessions will be delivered to their home via rich, live and engaging remote Zoom sessions.

What if I am uncomfortable coming to campus in person during the Fall semester? Is a fully online learning format also available?

Yes. A traditional fully online format is available. Those who choose this format will join a cohort of online students and enjoy close personalized instruction from an industry teacher. Online students do not need to be in Las Vegas. There are no scheduled class sessions online, all lectures and materials can be accessed 24/7 via our Brightspace platform.

Which learning format should I choose?

The LIVE Classroom+Remote format is ideal for students who really want an interactive learning experience with maximum student services, activities, and networking opportunities. We added a remote component to ensure the safety of our school community. By delivering some of the lectures via Zoom, we can ensure physical distancing in the classroom by limiting the number of students on campus. More importantly, students who choose this format must be able to commit to attending LIVE in person class sessions on scheduled nights during the Fall semester.

The Online format is ideal for students who demand maximum flexibility. If you are not in Las Vegas, or are unable to commit to schedules class sessions during the week, perhaps due to work or life calendar conflicts, this may be the ideal format for you. Online students will enjoy close personalized attention from an industry teacher, interact via discussion forums and fireside chats with other students in the cohort, while taking full advantage of all the student services TISOh provides, just like the LIVE Classroom+Remote student would.

I understand how classroom learning works. What is remote learning like at TISOH?

For the sessions that are taught remotely, TISOH is replicating the classroom learning experience for you at home. Instead of attending a live class lecture on campus, you will synchronously attend a video conferencing session at home on your PC, Mac, tablet, or phone. During the virtual class, you will see and hear your industry professional instructor teach. Additionally, you will be able to see your fellow classmates and engage in live discussion. Some students have said that they feel even more connected with the class in video conferencing than in person, as there is a constant sense of community as you see the faces of everyone in class at the same time on the same screen. Remote learning can actually make you feel more a part of the overall learning experience.

Below is a video showing some remote learning experiences taken from recent classes:

How are assignments, presentations, and tests handled?

They are handled exactly the same way for all our learning formats. TISOH gives each student secure access to our user-friendly learning portal, Brightspace. Homework assignments are submitted digitally through the portal for grading. Quizzes and tests are also completed on Brightspace. For curriculums that require presentations, they are done through video conferencing during regularly scheduled class periods.

What student services does the school provide during the Fall 2020 semester?

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, TISOH began offering many new student services via a remote modality during the Summer 2020 semester. This Fall, we plan to maintain those remote student service offerings while also delivering on the in person student services that we always have provided. We are truly offering more services and activities than we have ever had before.

In person student services range from industry networking and social mixers to educational workshops and one-on-one tutoring assistance.

For student services delivered remotely, here are some examples:

Virtual Hangouts with Anthony – hosted by our Student Services Manager, Anthony Lai, virtual hangouts are hour-long Zoom sessions held Monday to Thursday. These hangouts are open to all students, remote or online. You are invited to drop in to chat with fellow students, ask advice, or seek assistance on any topic.

Workshops – from Resume Writing Assistance to Interview Coaching to Microsoft Office, these virtual workshops are Zoom lectures that include live question and answer sessions at the end. Workshops are a great way to refresh your skills and learning habits.

Special Events – These special events are all about industry engagement.

“Unleash Your Inner Rockstar: How to Make the Most of Quarantine Time” Watch the video recap below.

TISOH Recharged, which featured a diverse industry panel of TISOH alums who answered questions about how to stay focused during these uncertain times. Watch the video recap below.

What level of student academic support can I expect through remote learning?

In addition to small group workshops, TISOH is able to offer complimentary one-on-one tutoring sessions either in person or remotely this Fall. Topics range from curriculum specific assistance to software/tech support. We are ready and willing to help you make the most of your learning experience, whether it is in person, remote, or online.

What kind of industry engagement can I expect during this Fall 2020 semester?

In addition to invitations to join select in-person industry association networking events, we will also have industry guest speakers that join in and present during remote class sessions.

I’m still trying to decide on which learning format suits me best. What are the difference between the LIVE Classroom+Remote and the Online format?

The formats differ in one fundamental way: LIVE Classroom+Remote learning at TISOH is synchronous whereas Online learning is asynchronous. A LIVE Classroom+Remote learning student must be available to attend a live class lecture at regularly scheduled class times, either it be in person or remote. An online student enjoys more flexibility, learning largely at their own pace, as they can access recorded lectures in the form of narrated presentations on their own time 24/7 (assignment due dates are still enforced). Students engage with their peers and their instructor through discussion forum postings (as opposed to live discussions during class time).

If you are a student that enjoys a high level of interaction with instructor and classmates, then the LIVE Classroom+Remote learning format is recommended. If you are a student that enjoys maximum freedom, and wants to set your own learning schedule, then the Online learning format is recommended.

I am a returning student who registered as a classroom student. What advice can you offer for next semester?

If you have been with us for a semester or more already, you will know that the TISOH staff and faculty are 100% committed to delivering on the student experience. The LIVE Classroom+Remote learning format is our best method in delivering on that commitment in the safest way possible. These past few months have shown that the world has changed and we must adapt and make the most of new opportunities. The most important thing to remember is the reason you became a TISOH student. Rely on your drive and enthusiasm to reach your academic and career goal. Do not allow uncertainty to derail your plans. Trust in us to deliver on your expectations.

I am a prospective student considering a classroom program this Fall but am still unsure about registering. What are my options?

Now, more than ever, it is important to be able to stand out amongst your peers. A TISOH credential is designed to help you shine. You can feel confident in making an enrollment decision now. You have the option to make any changes without penalty before the start of the next semester. By enrolling now, you will reserve your spot in any of our programs. The only thing you risk is the non-refundable application fee of $30.

What if I have more questions?

Call us at 702.947.7200 or email info@tisoh.com