1. Community and Technology Requirements

Expectations: The Wilmette Institute’s program is based on interactive teaching, learning, and communication. Learners, faculty, and staff are responsible for maintaining high standards of scholarship and collegiality. Faculty and learners actively contribute to one another’s learning through critical dialogue, integrative learning, and collaborative learning. As learners interact with faculty and other learners they can expect to be challenged and to feel a sense of accomplishment, to be treated with respect, and to become part of the Wilmette Institute community. Diversity—of thought, values, and opinion—is valued at the Wilmette Institute. All members of the Wilmette Institute community are expected to be respectful of diverse perspectives.

Internet connection/required skills and equipment: It is strongly recommended that learners have a broadband (cable modem or DSL) Internet connection, and their own computer or laptop with up-to-date software, including the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. The Moodle course management platform works through the Internet, and can be easily accessed on either a Windows PC or a Mac. Each learner must have their own email address, and must be able to speak and write English. Basic computer and Internet browsing skills are required of all learners.

Mobile apps: Moodle also has mobile apps for both Apple and Android devices (see download.moodle.org/mobile/ or visit your App Store). These apps are helpful as supplementary tools, but should not be the only point of access to Wilmette Institute courses.


2. Technical Assistance