The William & Mary Online Classroom
At the Raymond A. Mason School of Business, we strongly believe that online education doesn’t have to be impersonal. That’s why we’ve crafted the digital platform and online classroom for our online programs to emphasize collaboration and networking throughout your coursework.
But despite this, we know that an online master’s degree program can seem daunting. We strive to help each of our students achieve their highest potential during their W&M online program with comprehensive and committed student support services. Read on to learn how the online experience at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business has been designed to promote your success.
Our Standout Digital Learning Environment
The simple and user-friendly digital environment we’ve built for our online programs brings together all of the tools you’ll need to succeed in your online studies, and organizes them in one easily accessible place. Before diving into a course module or completing an assignment, you can quickly review weekly objectives and tasks from the homepage of our learning management system (LMS), or take advantage of dynamic communications tools to interact with your faculty and classmates.
Experience the LMS
Watch our video for a taste of the dynamic, collaborative coursework and networking potential you’ll encounter in our online courses.
For an online course, I was pleasantly surprised by the level of interaction with fellow classmates and professors. Each course has an element of collaborative work where students are assigned to groups and instructors are on hand to assist when required.
W&M Connect Mobile App
The W&M Connect mobile app is a multi-touch online learning platform that allows you to complete your coursework, interact with faculty and fellow students, and stay connected with the William & Mary community—all in a way that seamlessly integrates with your life and keeps you fully immersed in the online experience.
The W&M Connect app also allows instructors to see the content available to students and helps them keep track of assignments and additional information relating to the class.
Within the W&M Connect mobile app, you can:
- Access course content on the go
- Participate in discussions with your fellow students and instructors
- Track your grades
- Receive announcements from instructors for your courses
- Keep your calendar and schedule organized
- Stay up to date with W&M news and events
- Contact your Student Success Coordinator for support and assistance
Everyday Life in Our Online Programs
Any worthwhile master’s degree program is a serious commitment, one that will require you to prioritize and manage your time in ways you may not be used to. But this doesn’t have to be overwhelming, and at William & Mary, we strive to make our online programs truly manageable on any schedule.
We’ve put together this breakdown of a typical day-to-day experience in our online programs to help you envision yourself as a successful W&M online student
Weekly commitment: A typical weekly commitment for our online programs is 20 to 25 hours of work. This can fluctuate throughout a term depending on assignment due dates. There are no mandatory login times for our online programs, so this workload can be distributed however you like to fit your schedule.
Collaboration: Group work is a significant part of our online programs. Our students use several methods to work together, the most common of which are coordinating to schedule evening group chats that fit everyone’s schedule and working collaboratively in a shared Google doc.
Digital tools to stay connected: Our students regularly use Zoom and Skype for audio and video chats with each other and with faculty. The LMS also features public discussion boards that can be used to reach out to and communicate with multiple students and faculty at once.
I am constantly amazed at how insightful and intelligent my classmates are in the class discussions, group assignments and Twitter feeds. I learn as much or more from them as I do from the professors and materials.
Student Success Coordinators
As a student in one of William & Mary’s online graduate business programs, you'll receive support from a network of people who are dedicated to your success in the program. Prior to the first day of class, your Student Success Coordinator will contact you to help you develop your personalized success plan. Your Student Success Coordinator will continue to offer support throughout your program as part of an extended network that includes faculty, peers and cutting-edge technology.
In addition, you’ll have access to 24/7 technology support, academic advising, career services, and other student support services offered by William & Mary and the Raymond A. Mason School of Business.
Meet Your Student Success Coordinators
Paul has four years of experience in education, and he is motivated and driven by the success of his students. Paul has supported students at William & Mary for over a year. He is driven to help his students reach their maximum potential and achieve their goals. Paul holds a BA in Elementary and Special Education from Carthage College.
Katie has four years of experience working in multiple facets of higher education administration, including career advising, study abroad, student affairs, and student success. She is committed to a student-first mentality and strives to ensure all students have the tools necessary to succeed. Katie is excited to support students pursuing postgraduate education at William & Mary's Mason School of Business. She has earned a BA in Psychology from Northern Illinois University and an MEd in Counseling from DePaul University.
Natasha has five years of experience working in multiple facets of elementary and higher education administration, including teaching, advising and life skills coaching. She has a vision and passion for helping students reach their goals at all levels. She is excited to support students at the Mason School of Business at William & Mary. She has earned her BA in Applied Behavioral Sciences in History from National Louis University. She also holds an associate’s degree in Middle School Teaching Quality Education from Wilbur Wright College.
Teresa has seven years of experience working in the field of student services for several higher education providers in Europe and Australia. Teresa is excited to support students pursuing postgraduate education at William & Mary's Mason School of Business. She is a firm believer in online education as a tool for academic success and is motivated by her students’ achievements. Teresa holds a BA in Linguistics from the University of Granada, an online MA in Education from the University of Barcelona, and an online certificate in Leadership from Cornell University.
New Online Student Orientation
All online business program students are required to attend William & Mary’s New Online Student Orientation, an interactive virtual seminar that helps set students up for success in our rigorous programs. If you have any questions or concerns about your courses or about studying online, the program or matriculation, the orientation is the perfect time to get answers.
Your Student Success Coordinator will cover an array of topics in the New Online Student Orientation, including:
- An introduction to William & Mary and the Raymond A. Mason School of Business
- Tips for managing your work/life balance while in grad school
- Educational expectations for the program
- Academic policies and standards
- The virtual classroom and learning management system (LMS)
- Tips for networking while studying online
- Advice for making the most of your digital learning experience
By participating in orientation, you can start the program already acclimated to the virtual classroom, so you’ll be comfortable and able to hit the ground running on the first day of class!