Method of Study

Distance Learning at Technological University of the Americas

Our Internet-based courses provide a unique distance learning experience that, in many classes, incorporates the actual operations of an organization or agency as both "laboratory" and “classroom." Regular interaction with faculty members and other students is an important element of our instructional method.

The courses are asynchronous, which means that students can log into the online classroom at times that are most convenient to them. Much of the course work will involve directed observation, analysis, data gathering, and evaluation of its operations.

The independent study component of the courses includes:

  • Assigned readings
  • Audio and video recordings of lectures and workshops
  • Written research projects
  • Proctored examinations
  • Online discussion and collaboration with other students and faculty members
  • Other guided on-site learning experiences

All students must have a personal Internet email address and Web access. In many cases, access through public libraries and free email services are sufficient.

Students enroll in the university and register for courses and pay for them online.

For further information on computer requirements, click here.

Instructional Methods

Course Materials

TUA transmits all the lessons and other materials to the student if the student:

  • Has fully paid for the educational program; and
  • After receiving the first lesson and initial materials, requests in writing that all of the materials be sent.

If the university transmits the balance of the material as the student requests, the institution shall remain obligated to provide the other educational services it agreed to provide, such as responses to student inquiries, student and faculty interaction, and evaluation and comment on lessons submitted by the student, but shall not be obligated to pay any refund after all of the lessons and material are transmitted.

The university's learning study materials are designed for self-directed independent study by the student with a continual guidance provided by the instructor through frequent evaluation of the student's email answers. Each course consists of a textbook(s) accompanied by a comprehensive Study Guide written by experienced faculty. Each course is divided into appropriate number of segments. The Study Guide will provide clear directions of the learning assignments to be completed by the student. Demonstration of mastery of the subject is shown by the results of written essays after taking each of these segments, which enable the students to assess her or his academic progress.

Online Students - the instructor will grade, return and discuss the results with the students. The final examination will be proctored, the final exam and paper (if required) will then be sent to the instructor of record (a University faculty member). The instructor will grade and return the work to the student (this may be done through the postal system, by facsimile (fax) or by emailing the materials).

In general students study one course at a time, which will enable the student to focus on the subject being studied. On-going assistance is provided to each student whenever consultation is requested by the student.

Study Guide

Students of the university are being provided with a course study guide, giving a step-by-step instructional guidance to remain on the self-directed course from the beginning to the end.

Submission and Response Times

  • Self-study: The university provides all students with a comprehensive study package specially designed for independent study. This package consists of quality study guides, assignments and a study plan, which guides the student in planning their course of study. Upon completion of the enrollment agreement, enrollment documents, and completion of all financial requirements, the course package will be emailed to the student seven (7) days after the student is accepted for admission. (See Calendar in the Catalog)
  • Assignments: The study package for each course includes a set of assignments for evaluating the students' academic progress these may be forwarded to the university. Students who do not secure at least Grade B in these assignments for graduate degree programs will be required to answer the assignments again. The university will email evaluations of student assignments, within five (5) working days of their receipt at the university.
  • Essay: Students are expected to submit an essay paper based on the material topics covered by the assignments. The university will email evaluations of student papers, five (5) working days of its receipt at the university.
  • Written Analysis of Cases: Students enrolled in a course that requires a case study are expected to submit a written analysis of a case relevant for their course of study. All students will also be provided model written analysis of cases to guide them in this stage of the course/program. The university will email evaluations of student cases, five (5) working days of their receipt at the university.
  • Examinations: In the final segment, the students will have to complete a final examination. The examinations are a final assessment of the students' understanding of the subject. Students will have to secure at least Grade B in these examinations for graduate degree programs to be declared successful in this stage. These carry a weight of 50% in the overall assessment of performance. The university will mail evaluations of student’s examination within one (1) week of holding the examination. The final exam and paper (if required) will be sent to the instructor of record. The instructor will grade and return the work to the student (this may be done through the postal system, by facsimile (fax) or by emailing the materials). The university will email evaluations of the student’s final examination within one (1) week of holding the examination.
  • Final Evaluation:Candidates will have to secure a minimum of overall Grade B for graduate degree programs in each course to be declared successful.
  • Program Delivery:To all the students, the university provides a study package specially designed for independent study. Each study package includes a study plan, list of textbooks and other reference material, a set of assignments, essay papers and a few cases for written analysis for those courses that require it. The students are expected to have access to computers and email for submitting the work products (completed assignments, essay paper and written case analysis). The student work products have to be sent to the University by email for grading and evaluation. The university in turn will return the graded assignments/work products within five (5) working days by email.
  • TUA maintains a record of the dates on which lessons, projects, dissertations and all items mentioned above were received and responses were returned to each student.