LoA Institute

Modes of Instruction

Different Ways to Learn

We offer different ways to learn ranging from virtual Cloud Classroom programs and courses to masterclass hybrid courses to self-paced opportunities to learn. Some programs and courses require an extensive application while others are for anyone to sign up. Learn about our four ways to learn and how you can participate in Institute opportunities.

Virtual Cloud Classroom Programs

  • Application Required and Highly Selective
  • Live Weekly Course Meetings (6-8 per Course)
  • Usually Two or Three Courses
  • Weekly Assignments with Feedback
  • Personal Meetings and Support from Instructors
  • Focused on Your Research and Interests
  • Certificate for Completing All Requirements

Master Class Hybrid
Programs and Short Courses

  • Brief Application Required
  • Two or Three Live Course Meetings
  • Assignments with Feedback
  • Support from Instructors
  • Focused on Your Research and Interests
  • Certificate for Completing All Requirements

Self-Paced Courses
(Assisted and Unassisted)

  • Learn at Your Own Pace
  • Assignments with and without Feedback (Assisted Self-Paced)
  • Text Q&A with Instructors
  • Certificate for Completing All Requirements

Premiere Live Learning

Virtual Cloud Classroom Programs

Cloud Classroom use different platforms, including Zoom Meeting (https://zoom.us/) and BigBlueButton. In advance of virtual course meetings and virtual symposium, make sure to have the proper application configured. In addition, it is necessary to ensure requisite data bundles to ensure the Cloud Classroom connection works during course and symposium meetings. Instructions about the date, time, and meeting information will be sent through the online course platform and/or e-mail.

Weekly Course Meetings

Each course meets weekly for at least two hours for six to eight weeks in the virtual cloud

Weekly Assignments

Every week you will receive assignments to complete and upload to the course Moodle and feedback will be shared

Personal Meetings

Every so often, you will virtual meet one-on-one with your professors

Conducting Research

After the courses finish, you will begin your research with mentorship sessions held on a monthly basis

Learn Collaboratively

Master Class Hybrid Programs and Short Courses

Combination of synchronous Cloud Classroom meetings and self-paced work. Always includes assignments with instructor interaction and feedback.

Course Meetings

Each course meets approximately three times in virtual cloud

Assignments

There are assignments associated with the course, including a final assessment

Feedback

You receive feedback on all assignments from the course

Learn at Your Own Pace

Self-Paced With and Without Assistance

Mainly self-paced exploration, but may include assignments with instructor interaction and feedback and wholly self-paced exploration with completion-based assessments.

Self-Paced

You learn at your own pace. There are no virtual course meetings

Assignments and Assessments

Courses require short assignments and assessments as you move through the material

Feedback

Some self-paced courses provide feedback on assignments ("assisted") while others are completely self-paced​ and assignments marked for completion only

Open Opportunities

Cloud Symposiums

At times during the year, the Leaders of Africa Institute sponsors virtual symposiums that are open to the public. Sign up to our newsletter to find out when the next symposium is held.

Leaders of Africa
Institute

Inquiry + Creative Expression