In 2016, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary launched the synchronous interactive video delivery system in the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) program. At first, only certain Ph.D. majors were offered in the new format. Now the offerings are expanding and will eventually encompass all Ph.D. majors.
This fall, the new delivery system has expanded to encompass all Ph.D. majors at NOBTS, except counseling. Counseling students still meet on campus three weekends per semester. However, the counseling Ph.D. major will implement the synchronous option during the fall 2018 semester.
The synchronous interactive video delivery system allows Ph.D. students to participate in seminars and colloquia regardless of where they live. Unlike other online study models in which the student interacts with course material on his or her own schedule, the synchronous model requires a set meeting time each week — just like the main campus Ph.D. students.
Non-residential students will access live streaming video from the New Orleans-based classroom via Blue Jeans video conferencing software. Distance students and residential students alike will be able to participate in real-time interaction with each other and the professor.
January and summer mini-term workshop courses and testing components are available only on the main campus.
Students are able to complete up to two-thirds of the program at a distance.
For more information about the synchronous interactive video Ph.D. courses, contact the research doctoral program at (504) 816-8010 or visit www.nobts.edu/research.