Online Classroom Experience

Lectures by World-Class Faculty

Experience a learner-centered approach, enhanced by the latest in multimedia technology. Asynchronous lectures by VT-MIT faculty are streamed right to your desktop at any time - 24/7. Watch them as often as you choose. Extensive notes and transcripts, posted on the course website, accompany and enhance each lecture. Course lectures usually contain the following components:

Narrated PowerPoint presentations use a mixture of speech and visuals to allow the instructor to explain, slide by slide, details that can't be clearly illustrated by text or pictures alone.

Online demos and tutorials showcase techniques and software usually taught in a classroom computer lab.

Regular Discussion Sessions with Faculty and Peers

Experience a learner-centered approach, enhanced by the latest in multimedia technology. Synchronous sessions are held in real-time using software that connects you with your instructor and classmates at a specific time/day - usually one evening per week (eastern standard time) for each course.

WebEx and Zoom are a powerful tools for online multiple-user interaction and course organization that includes real-time two-way audio, application sharing, web browsing, white boarding, and text chat. In other words, by sitting at your computer with a headset, you can talk to your professor and classmates just as if you were meeting around a seminar table.

Instructors can import PowerPoint files and walk through them just like in a traditional classroom setting - stopping to answer questions along the way. Groups can break off to brainstorm and then return to the larger group to present. WebEx and Zoom can be used for scheduled class times, as well as for impromptu meetings with study partners. With the growing popularity of internet-based video and teleconferencing, the interactive skills you learn while participating in your course are sure to prove beneficial to your future professional efforts.

Student Performance Evaluation

How students are evaluated is at the discretion of the faculty, and evaluation and assessment methods are defined at the beginning of each semester in each course syllabus. However, VT-MIT students can expect to be graded on:

  • Regular Homework Assignments and Practical Application
  • Projects
  • Quizzes
  • Assessment and Test Comprehension
  • Midterm and Final Exams

Assignments and projects can be submitted and presented in electronic form. Some exams may require students to find acceptable proctors to monitor the exam session.

A thesis or comprehensive exam/project is not required for the Information Technology Masters.

Student Support Resources

Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) leverages an array of activities, services, and leadership in online programs and technology-enhanced learning to significantly benefit student learning with a range of high caliber, technology-enabled programs and activities. TLOS will collaborate with colleges and departments on advancing technology-enhanced learning by incentivizing and supporting highly effective distance learning programs, online content for on-campus courses, and hybrid courses.  

University Libraries

Established in 1872 with 500 volumes, University Libraries now includes holdings of more than 2,000,000 volumes physically located in Newman Library, the four branches, and a high-density storage building. The university community also has access to a large and continuously expanding collection of electronic databases and full content journals provided by the library. The library is a selective depository for federal documents and is an invited member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). University Libraries.

The library hosts a dedicated library site for distance learners and employs a full-time distance learning librarian to assist with the research needs of online students. Numerous online materials are available to students anywhere in the world, such as searchable databases, eJournals, electronic theses/dissertations, and more. In addition, the library's ILLiad system permits the library to mail print materials to any student living outside of Montgomery County Virginia.

Program Advisement

Students in the program can meet - either by phone, email, chat, or in-person - with a full-time VT-MIT academic advisor to discuss the best methods for navigating the program. The program advisor can answer questions about the curriculum, module requirements/prerequisites, faculty, career and professional goals, or other program-related issues. vtmitinfo@vt.edu or 703-538-8464.

University Computing

Virginia Tech students have access to a wide variety of computing resources. Email accounts, calendaring, free software downloads, virus protection, multimedia services, online tutorials, document server space, professional online training opportunities, and more are all available at no cost to enrolled students. Learn more about Computing @ Virginia Tech.

Hokie SPA

Through Virginia Tech's online administrative gateway, the Hokie SPA, students have 24/7 access to their student records - payment history, course history, grades, and more. The Hokie SPA also allows students to register online, pay tuition with a credit card, update contact information, and more. Hokie SPA

University Bookstores

Career Services

Advice for conducting a job search or exploring career options; links to employers, job fairs and recruiters. Career Services

Cook Counseling Center

Online study skills workshops, counseling services, relaxation techniques, more. Cook Counseling Center

About Virginia Tech

Directions to campus, campus maps, snapshots, university overview and history, more. About Virginia Tech