About SWIHA Online
We have built our online classes around the concept of community and serve as an extension of the spirit found on our campus. We are creating an online learning community like no other; a community that emphasizes connection, spirit, service, and transformation.
Our mission is to help individuals discover their gifts and graces, and support them as they share their talents with the world in a loving and profitable way. SWIHA embraces individual, community and global healing, and teaches how to ‘Touch Lives, Heal Bodies & Free Souls.’
Unlike some other programs, in each online course you attend at SWIHA, you will have a dedicated instructor to guide you. Our online faculty helps to foster connected discussions that raise everyone’s level of understanding. You will also be able to receive support from dedicated student services and advising staff.
…an instructor with in-depth knowledge of the course material will guide you throughout your course.
As part of your experience with SWIHA Online, we want to ensure you are prepared to learn in our environment. Therefore, you will need to complete an online orientation course prior to beginning your first online course. This orientation will not take long, but it will ensure you are able to use the learning environment in every way necessary to participate fully in your new course. Even if you have taken online courses in the past, you will still be required to complete our orientation to the learning management system.
As mentioned above, experienced practitioners facilitate our courses. This means an instructor with in-depth knowledge of the course material will guide you throughout your course. During a typical week in our online courses students may explore Web resources, read from textbooks, listen to instructor lectures, watch presentations, view video lessons, participate in discussion forums, complete projects, and practice their new skills.
Read and Explore Resources
Throughout your courses, you will explore a variety of resources, such as documents, Web resources, videos, audio files, narrated presentations, textbooks, and more. The key is to read or view the resource with your objective in mind. This will help you to analyze critically the information, allowing you to create and express your own opinion to your classmates and instructor.
In all of our online courses, the discussion forum is where you will work with your peers and instructor to build a conversation about a key concept. Each week, students post responses to several questions, referred to as Discussion Questions or DQs. You will need to read and review the course materials to demonstrate analysis and comprehension of key concepts when answering DQs. You will also be required to participate further in each discussion by replying to at least one of your classmate’s posts in a meaningful way. There should be at least one response per discussion question. For example, if there are three discussion questions for that week, you will need to have at least three participation posts. Often, since each student has more time to think critically about their responses before submitting them, online discussions like this can be more fulfilling and substantive than traditional classroom conversations.
You need to be dedicated to the learning process. Online coursework takes self-discipline and motivation to be successful.
Independent and Team Projects
If discussion forums represent the in-class conversations you would have in a traditional classroom, you can think of independent projects like the homework you used to complete. Unlike the discussion forum, you complete these projects on your own and turn them in to the instructor for evaluation. In some classes, you may have a small learning community of 3 or 4 people to bounce ideas around as you work. Of course, even if there is not a formal learning community in your class, you can always reach out to your fellow classmates, your instructor, and your online team if you are having difficulty.
As a student, you need to be dedicated to the learning process. Online coursework takes self-discipline and motivation to be successful. In structured courses, you should expect to login at least every other day to participate in class discussions, chats, and access course materials.
How do you know if you are ready for Online education?
Online education is different from traditional learning, but many students find it to be more engaging and rewarding. We suggest you take our Online Assessment to determine if you are ready to take an online course. After you receive your results—whatever they are–please do not stop there. Give us a call or drop us an email, we are happy to talk to you about any anxiety you may have. So don’t fret; we want you to know we are committed to being with you throughout your entire journey … and help will always be a phone call, an email, or a chat away.
Your Online Team