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Curriculum
Curriculum is the designation used when refering to any requisite or subject of any course offered by the American Christian University. ACU's curriculum starts with the academic pre-requisites for the student registration in any program. The student must be acquainted with the pre-requisites of the desired program of study. To sign-up in some programs that offer certificates, the academic pre-requisite is to have at least completed the middle school level, this is for the courses that offer certificates at the high school level. The minor's and bachelor's degrees require having completed high school, master's requires a bachelor's and doctorate's require a master's degree. The curriculum of each program that is offered by American Christian University are described o the "degrees" section, related to each certificate and diploma available. Other pre-requisite is that student must provide personal documents in order to be accepted in any program offered by ACU.

Credit-Hour
Every credit-hour equals to 16 hours. These 16 hours consist of class through video-conference, research, participation on the webchat with the instructor and other students, participation on the discussion pannel, reports, tests and exams.

Live Teaching
Live Teaching reffers to our online teaching via video-conference. We consider the interactions via video-conference being "live" because of the following reasons:
* The perception of corporal language existing during the interaction between participants in the video-conference.
* The students' visual perception of the material used by the professors during the classes.
* The possibility of establishing personal conversation during the classes.

AmidLearning Platform
The interaction between student, content and teacher will happen through the e-learning platform named AmidLearning®. The courses offered through that platform are of entire responsibility and competence AMERICAN CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY. AmidLearning is a branch of Amid World Mission, who is also the holding of the American Christian University. ACU signed a contract of use of the service of the AmidLearning platform that establishes limitations and responsibilities.
In this platform, students and professors will have all the necessary tools to create and fulfill the requirements of each subject, utilizing an environment of personal interaction with colleagues and professors, also an environment of evaluation and an environment of documentary content and of academic research.

1) Educational philosophy and Methodology:
The methodology used in the AmidLearning platform, comes from the educational philosophy that brought forth its creation. Some important points of this philosophy are:
• Learning is centered on the student.
• The instructor is a facilitator of the learning process.
• Education, besides transmiting content, should develop the power and the sensibility of the students' mind.
• The education should promote alternative visions of the world and strenght the will of the student to explore it. Jerome S. Bruner.
• Education should not be "banking education", but to promote awareness. Paulo Freire.
• Education should teach the use of a prior interpretation to build a new or revized interpretation of the meaning of the personal experiences, to guide a future action. Jack Mezirow.
• Education should instigate on the students attitudes and habits that will drive learners to the development of their capabilities of problem solving. John Dewey.


2) Upon registration for classes through the AmidLearning® educational platform, the student will take classes by "modules", that is, even if the classes are a part of a complete course, they will still be "autonomous". It is only possible to take a class at a time, only after "graduating" in the class that the student is taking, that the student will be able to register in another one.
3) The courses offered through the AmidLearning platform have a varied number of classes, depending on the area that the course is being offered.
4) Each class is a "module". The student will be able to study a module at a time, being required to finish the module before registering in a new one.
5) Each module will have a responsible professor, which will be a person that "creates or that supervises" the class, being available for the students' support through email and the chatroom.

6)Time of duration and terms:
• Classes are offered in two distinct ways: 1) modules may start at any time, that meaning, the beginning day of any module will be the day the student registers for it. These modules will have their classes recorded before-hand, therefore they will be considered “distance learning subjects”. This way is available for students who have jobs and that do not have a lot of time available. The students that take this way, besides having a professor or facilitador online, they will also be able to interact with the work and the panels of arguments of the colleagues that have already finished the module. 2) Classes with pre-set beginning date. These classes will be done live via video-conference. They will be considered "attendance classes". In the classes with a pre-set date, the students will have that follow a pre-established rithm of study, with a marked date for the completion of the class. Begin with a pre-set date has the advantage of the student being able to interact live with his/hers colleagues on the same module and the same time.


3)System of evaluation:
• The tests regarding the modules considered "distance learning subjects" will be available for the arrangement of the student. They will be done when the student decide that he/she is ready to do them. All of the tests will be taken with time being counted down. Once initiated the test, the student will not be able to stop it.
• The time estimated for the conclusion of the module called “attendance classes ” along with the dates for tests and exams will be up to the professor to decide.
• The average grade for approval will depend on the standards dictated by the area in that the student is studying.


4) Certification them certificates and diplomas will be emitted by the American Christian University, entity and user of AmidLearning system.

Directed Studies
Directed Studies are all pre-recorded classes. The decision of which classes as well as the number of them that each student can take in the format of Directed Studies is determined by the direction in charge of each course.

 

 
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