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Information about Distance Learning

The M.A. Visual and Media Anthropology is one of the leading Distance Learning Master programs in Visual Anthropology worldwide. Founded in 2008 the MA program employs a distinguished teaching staff and engages the latest in e-learning technologies to prepare students from around the world with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills for a successful career in visual and media anthropology and its related fields. While the majority of the program is facilitated via e-learning there are two optional in-house workshops held in Berlin available to those students who wish to attend.

 

The VMA program is using a world clock meeting planer to find the best meeting times for students and lecturers from different continents. All e-learning classes are recorded, making it possible for students who may have difficulties attending classes, to stay up to date.

The program licensed Canvas LMS, one of the premier Learning Management Systems. On our Canvas platform students can find course content, readings, assignments, announcements and grades and they can upload files and communicate with each other as well as with their lecturers.

Furthermore, HMKW owns a whole island in Open Sim and a plot in Second Life with its own virtual seminar rooms and office spaces for virtual classes with avatars and for ethnographic research practice in virtual environments.

The program uses a combination of four different e-learning methods:

1. CANVAS LMS 

Course content, readings, audiovisual media and assignments are presented online via one of the world-bests learning management systems LMS Canvas. 

2. Zoom and Adobe Connect Webinars

The main part of the program are daily 90 minutes real-time webinars for students with webcam, voice-chat and text-chat function. We offer virtual classes across devices including mobile learning iOS (iPhone, iPad), Android, and BlackBerry, as well as the desktop with no client downloads for learners. Our lecturers are trained by a professional Webinar and LMS trainer.

Our lecturer login daily to go live for our students! Students can actively join the discussion and give presentations online. Students are also able to watch the recordings of the daily classes. The screensharing function is used for editing classes. Students are able to discuss their video editing steps with their lecturer.

3. Virtual classrooms 

Students and lecturer meet online with avatars in a virtual classroom environment. The HMKW owns an island with a 3D building of the Campus in Open Sim.

4. Skype

Free communication through voice, video calls and instant messages with your lecturers and fellow students. Especially used for individual supervision of final MA projects.