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Research Academy for Integrated Learning (RAIL)

Location: Building 41, Level 1

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Office Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

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UDC Online Learning  

The University of the District of Columbia aims to meet the economic and global needs of it students by offering convenient and flexible online learning programs. RAIL supports UDC ‘s initiative by providing UDC faculty with innovative, effective teaching and learning methods to prepare UDC graduates for the 21st century . To meet this endeavor RAIL provides an array of professional development opportunities to UDC faculty to support their exploration and use of both current and emerging teaching and learning technologies.

RAIL seeks to enhance UDC students educational experience by delivering an experiential approach to the development of online, blended and hybrid designed courses.

UDC Student Online Experience

The virtual classroom experience is not self-paced or correspondence-based.  Rather, online courses demand weekly or daily interaction. Students should expect to be actively engaged in deliberation, discussion and collaboration. Online learners are expected to log into their course on the first day of the semester. All course work should be submitted electronically by the deadlines established within each course and with each respective professor.

Rigorous and rewarding, online courses are equivalent to traditional courses in their shared standards of learning expectations. Students must set aside time each day to read, participate and submit postings or assignments. The amount of time needed for student participation will depend upon the requirements of the course as well as technological capacity. Online learning requires motivation, self-discipline and a strong ability for time management.