- Online Lecture Logistics
- Classes consist of both online lectures by professors and discussions among the participants.
- Students are required to listen to online lectures, complete and present their work, take exams, and actively participate in class discussions. Classes will be held in two-way communication systems.
- MTSA provides online classes that match the quality of in-person lectures.
- MTSA provides the materials and online classes necessary to accommodate the broad ministry settings and age ranges of students.
- Online lectures improve the quality of education through communication between professors and their students.
- Online lectures will be based on Populi, an online learning platform. Students are asked to familiarize themselves with the program.
- Spring/Fall semesters consist of a 16-week schedule. Summer/Winter Terms will hold intensive courses throughout 4 weeks. Due to the intensiveness of these courses, students are expected to keep up with their course schedules and meet all the assigned deadlines.
- Online Lecture Format
Class notes and lectures are based on 16-week timeline. (Each lecture lasts 15-20 min). Classes are taught exclusively through online lectures and should be available on both computers and mobile devices.
*Summer and Winter Terms will have highly intensive lectures and assignments due to the short class timeline. (Two lectures are held each week and each lecture is 50-60-minutes in length. An additional final project or paper is required in addition to the mid-term and final exam.)
2) Synchronous Forum
Since the course is based entirely on online systems, it is recommended that professors hold discussions or conferences with students at least once a semester through Zoom. (Please direct any questions or concerns to Guiok Jeon). When setting up a time for your conferences, please take the locations and any time differences of your students into consideration. Students should be notified about each conference and discussion ahead of time. Group discussions or personal counselling take 30 minutes to 1 hour.
3) Weekly Assignment
Students are required to review previous classes and prepare for their next class discussion so that they can actively participate in lectures. Various types of weekly assignments will be assigned.
1) Self-Introduction: Students will introduce themselves to other students 2 weeks before the first class to encourage more active interactions in class.
2) Q & A: Students are encouraged to ask questions freely regarding the lectures and assignments.
3) Quiz: Students are to take an exam after each class.
4) Review: Students should read all the assigned reading materials, class notes and summarize them.
5) Discussion: Students are encouraged to present their own opinions in class and provide feedback on the ideas of other students.
6) Midterm/Final Projects: Midterm or final projects can be either paper exams or research papers.
7) Real Time Group Discussion: Professor and students have weekly real time discussion on the topics that professors suggest via Kakao-Talk, Skype, or Google Hangout.
8) Presentation: Students are required to make presentations on the topics suggested by their professors. Students will receive guidance on the order, length, and format of the presentation. When they are ready to present, students should upload their presentation to Populi. Once a presentation is uploaded, other students can give feedback. The presenter can then finalize their work based on the feedback before submitting.
9) Reading Report: Students are required to summarize and make comments on the textbooks, related thesis, and articles. Students can exchange feedback with one another before submitting their work to the professor.
10) Self-reflection Paper: After completing their assignments, students will submit a self-reflection paper to the professor. If the paper contains private information, students can submit to the professor directly. Otherwise, they are encouraged to share their reflection paper with other students for each other’s benefits.
11) Case Presentation: When necessary, students can perform interviews or case studies and make a presentation based on them. The presenters may also organize discussions or request feedback.
*All assignments and class discussions should be submitted on time.
*Professors and students usually use Populi for communication and activities. If a student is unable to access to Populi, they may be permitted to access course materials and submit their work through email.
- Populi Program Instruction (Online)
Students must familiarize themselves with the Populi program. If you need help or have questions, please call Rev. Michael at IT Department or call Guiok Jeon, CFO.
- Grade will be assigned in letters (A, B, etc.) and numbers (4.0, 3.7 etc.) (A: 93+,A-: 90-92 B+: 88-89, B: 83-87, B-: 80-82, C+: 78-79, C: 73-77, C-: 70-72, D+: 68-69, D: 63-67)
- Correction of Grade: If a student receives an “F” or “I,” the corrected or re-grade for the same course or assignment will be at most a B+.
- Regulations on “I” and “F” grade
“I” grade: When a student cannot complete studies during the semester due to extreme circumstances, he or she may ask consult with the Registrar for an “I” grade. Once a student receives an “I,” he or she must complete their studies later in the semester. If the student does not complete the class during the semester, he or she will receive an “F.”
Grace Period: Students may be given a 2 week extension after the semester ends with the permission of the professor.
“F”: If a student retakes a class after receiving an “F,” their re-grade for the course will be at most a “B+.”
Academic Integrity Commitment
As members of a Christian community, students are expected to reflect their Christian identity in their studies. Students must adhere to their pledge of honesty and academic integrity. Gaining a deeper understanding of the course material and building a strong intellectual foundation is far more important than attaining certain grades, degrees, or publications.
All students at MTSA are responsible for adhering to the standards of academic integrity set by the school and for maintaining a high-quality education. Any form of cheating or plagiarism may result in suspension or expulsion. The school takes these matters seriously since cheating not only takes away from the education of the cheater, but also hurts the efforts of honest students.
As indicated in the school catalog, students must keep in mind the importance of academic integrity throughout all their intellectual pursuits. The following are all violations of academic integrity.
- Cheating refers to the intentional use of any inappropriate materials or information.
- The use of books, notes, calculators, or any other form of outside help without the permission of the professor is strictly prohibited.
- The preparation of study materials for other students, or performing research for them, without the permission of the professor is prohibited.
- Academic work for one course cannot be reused for any other course.
- Fabrication refers to the invention of false or dishonest information.
- The facilitation of academic dishonesty refers to intentionally helping another student in any violation of their academic integrity.
- Plagiarism refers to using the works or ideas of another author as one’s own without proper citation. (Violating this rule will result in receiving an “F” for the course. The school will report the case to the education committee. Repeated offenses of this rule will result in more severe consequences.)