Carnegie Mellon University

eLearning Online Training - Open Enrollment

At Carnegie Mellon University, we recognize the demands that work and family place on professionals. Our eLearning courses are designed as a “virtual classroom,” where people can access our training from home, work or anywhere. Our training approach has been specifically designed to meet the need of working professionals based on a series of practical scenarios rather than the traditional lecture format offered in other institutions. Our research has found that the most effective way to teach new skills is to put students in the kinds of projects where they can use those skills on a regular basis. Students are given the tools necessary to implement change in their jobs immediately and in the future.

Each Course

Each e-Learning course employs a blend of guided learning activities, readings, video lecture viewing (between 10-16 per course) , weekly task assignments for each student, and course-long teamwork. All assignments are graded to ensure mastery of the course objectives. All courses are graded on a "pass/fail" basis. An electronic bulletin board is available for questions and threaded discussions with instructors, mentors, and other students. A bi-weekly teleconference will also be scheduled to promote direct class discussion with instructor and mentors. Students must complete all weekly assignments and team work to receive a passing grade. As a general rule, successful performance in a course will require each student to spend 10 to 15 hours per week.

Lecture Delivery

Students will view course lectures via the internet each week. The link for each lecture will be available for two weeks, beginning each Sunday, 4am Pacific time, through access to the course website using a designated username/password. Lecture slides in PDF format are available to help students capture the main points of the lecture.

  1. Operating System
    1. Windows
      1. XP - Service Pack 2 or Greater
      2. Vista
      3. Windows 7
    2. Macintosh
      1. OS 10.4.8 or greater (Intel processors only)
  2. Processor
    • 1.8 GHz or greater
  3. Memory
    • Minimum 512MB
  4. Network
    • Broadband or DSL connection is recommended
    • CourseCast requires ports 80 (everyone has this open) and 8080 (some firewalls block this) to view lecture video
  5. Applications
  6. Supported Browsers
    1. Internet Explorer 6 or greater
    2. Firefox
    3. Chrome
    4. Safari
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