One of the ways you'll be connected to your classmates and to your instructor
is via discussion conferences. Discussion conferences
let you post  and read  messages,
without having to be online at the same time as anyone else.
are arranged according to topics or purposes. You might have a conference
devoted to discussing a particular question for the week. Or you might
have a conference for a small group working together on a project. There's
also a Coffee Shop conference, where you can "meet"
everyone enrolled in a Master's course during the semester, and a Prayer
and Praise conference, where you can share and encourage each other.
your instructor may ask you to submit an assignment to a discussion conference,
so that everyone in the class can benefit from each other's work.