SMA students enjoy access to distance education facilities that remove constraints placed by geographical boundaries. Students can now interact with their lecturers located halfway around the globe. This connectivity afforded by technology has also enabled the three Alliance universities to conduct quality intellectual exchanges with one another at the simple touch of a button.
A live lecture being beamed from MIT to NUS
Video conferencing solutions and applications have created a synchronous learning environment in SMA which supports live interaction between students and faculty members. Such video conference facilities allow dual screen projections, each consisting of a video screen and a computer screen. Such a setup allows students to see the instructor on the video screen, while simultaneously viewing instructional materials such as PowerPoint slides, animations and simulations on the computer screen.
Access to distance learning facilities enable studentsfellows interaction with just a click of a button
SMA also taps on MIT’s course management system Stellar for asynchronous delivery. This enables faculty members to build and organise course content easily on the web, and also allows students to retrieve materials wherever they are, at their own time. The system provides students with a rich set of features that includes the reviewing of class materials, videos and discussion forums.