Mount Vernon Nazarene University
The foundation of a quality, online educational experience is ongoing, active engagement with both fellow students and the facilitating instructor. Ideally, students are actively engaged in completing the stated learning objectives for a course for six of the seven days of an instructional week (while participation in an online course on Sunday is never required, access to the course content is still allowed).
For a student to be counted as "present" for a specific instructional week of an online course, s/he must make substantial contributions to class discussions via discussion forum postings on at least three separate days. If a student fails to meet this minimum requirement for weekly discussion forum postings, then s/he is counted as "absent" for that week.
A failing grade will automatically be awarded in an online course whenever a student is absent:
For most GPS programs, the official instructional week for the university begins on Monday at 12:00 a.m. (EST) and ends on Sunday at 11:59 p.m. (EST). While students may choose to submit discussion forum posts on Sunday in order to satisfy the online attendance requirements stated above, MVNU instructors are not required to participate in an online course on Sundays. Please note that, while it is acceptable to work ahead on most assignments, posting in discussion forums in advance of a specific instructional week will not count towards student attendance for that week.
Example: During Week 2 of a course, a student posts in each of the assigned discussion forums on three separate days as required, and is therefore counted as "present" for that week. She decides to work ahead and also submits postings for the Week 3 discussion forums on Saturday of that same week. She is reminded by her instructor on Monday that the postings she submitted over the weekend (still Week 2 of the course) will not count towards her attendance for either Week 2 or Week 3.
For programs in the Jetter School of Business (AAS-B, BBA, GBD), the instructional week begins on Monday at 12:00 a.m. (EST) and ends on Saturday 11:59 p.m. (EST). Discussion forum postings that are submitted beginning Sunday, 12:00 a.m. (EST) will be counted towards fulfilling attendance requirements for the next instructional week. Again, while it is acceptable to work ahead on most assignments, posting in discussion forums in advance of a specific instructional week will not count towards student attendance for that week (see example above).