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Synchronous Classes

Students can benefit from cohort engagement in Drury’s small, interactive classes online via synchronous classes. These courses are taught live via interactive video conferencing, which allows for real-time discourse with instructors and peers from the convenience of home or office.

Those students who prefer a traditional, seated classroom experience have the option to attend classes at our Springfield campus, where they will engage with both seated and synchronous members of their cohort and Drury’s outstanding faculty.

Q&A

What are synchronous classes?

Synchronous classes are similar to traditional seated classes in that students are all present (virtually) at the same time to participate in lectures, discussions, and presentations. The live online classes meet at a set time, twice a week, and are held via Zoom, a web-based video conferencing platform (check out an example meeting from Zoom).

When will classes meet?

Classes will meet in the evenings from 6 – 8:45 p.m. (CST). 

Check what time that is for you here: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

What equipment or software do students need?

Students must provide or have access to the following:

  1. Webcam – we recommend Logitech HD Pro WebCam with 1080p camera (or equivalent)
  2. Headset with noise cancelling microphone – we recommend Logitech USB Headset (or equivalent)
  3. Computer with access to adequate bandwidth. To ensure a good experience, Zoom recommends a bandwidth of 600kbps/1.2Mbps (up/down). Test bandwidth by going to www.speedtest.net.

Supported Operating Systems:

  • Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8 or 8.1
Minimum Recommended
Processor Single Core 1 Ghz or Higher Dual Core 2 Ghx or Higher
RAM N/A 4Gb

What training will students receive?

Before starting the degree, students will schedule and participate in an orientation with Drury staff to test equipment and answer any technical questions. The orientation must be completed two weeks before classes begin to allow for equipment adjustments, if needed. 

What technical support will students receive?

Each class will have dedicated technical support to assist students who might have difficulty joining a class session or using technology related to the course. 

What will be available in terms of advising and faculty access?

Dr. Robin Soster (MBA Program Director) will advise all MBA students – seated, synchronous, and online. Dr. Soster will assist remote students via email, phone, or video conference. Synchronous students will have access to the Breech School of Business faculty via real-time class discussions.

Students are encouraged to reach out to faculty outside of course sessions to discuss course material as well as professional goals. The Breech faculty value student interactions and are committed to student learning. 

The primary means of contact with your instructor is within Canvas. Your instructor’s email address and telephone number are included on your course syllabus. It is recommended that you print your syllabus in case you are unable to access Canvas for any reason throughout the semester.

Will there be textbooks?

Textbooks and class readings will be determined by the individual course instructor.

How will exams be administered?

Some classes will have “take home” exams and others will have proctored exams online. 

Online proctored exams will be administered using ProctorU. ProctorU is a live online proctoring service that allows you to take your exam from the comfort of your home.  

ProctorU provides free technical support to ensure students have the best testing situation possible, available online. On this page, students will also be able to test their equipment, learn about what to expect during proctoring session, and ask questions about the proctoring process with a ProctorU representative.

ProctorU charges a fee for every exam and students are responsible for that fee.

Will class size differ between synchronous and seated?

Drury MBA classes (seated, synchronous, and online) are limited to 30 students.

Will synchronous students participate in the program’s Global Business, New Ventures and Innovations course?

Yes! Just like their seated counterparts, synchronous students will participate in the class trip to Greece as part of the Global Business, New Ventures and Innovations course. The course is the culminating experience in the MBA program.

Airfare, lodging, and transportation costs for the trip are covered by a course fee that is assessed for the eight required MBA courses.