2. The learning is free of charge.
Participants pay nothing for taking part in the classes.
(However, if an instructor wishes to charge for a class,
he or she will pay the MFU the amount charged of one participant
to have that course description posted for one year.)
3. When study materials are needed,
(a) electronic copies may be available on the internet,
(b) books may be borrowed from a library,
(c) study materials may be purchased in person
at the meetings of the class,
(d) study materials may be purchased by mail, or
(e) books may be purchased thru a bookstore,
including on-line booksellers.
4. The course description for each class
indicates the time and place for the meetings.
When meetings have not yet been established,
an e-mail address is included to register your interest,
so that you can be informed when time and place are set.
When a class has a distant
the instructor may establish means
for the distant learners to participate in the class.
Or each distant learner may proceeds at his or her own pace
and communicate with the instructor by e-mail as appropriate.
Under this open-ended distant-learning option,
the class has no definite beginning or end
but instruction is continuously available
for anyone who wants to take part.
5. If the course facilitator chooses,
distant learners may send comments and questions
to the leader of the discussion by e-mail.
Selections from these comments and questions
—along with responses from the discussion leader when appropriate—
will be posted on the MFU home page,
linked to the course description.
And other participants may respond
to this electronic discussion as they please.
6. Distant learners will be invited to join
the face-to-face discussion
whenever they are close enough to the location of the meetings to join in.
This option will also be helpful for participants
who normally attend the classes but who miss one or two sessions.
The electronic discussion may help to keep them up to speed
with the face-to-face discussion.
7. The privacy of distant learners will be
—unless they freely choose to disclose who they are.
They might decide to include their e-mail addresses with their comments,
thereby inviting e-mail from class participants and other distant learners.
8. How will this electronic component differ
from a chat-group,
other such discussions, e-mailing lists, or bulletin boards on the internet?
All participants will have read the same resources.
So there will be no irrelevant or poorly-informed comments.
The discussion mediator is solely responsible
for deciding which comments and questions—or selections therefrom—
are posted on the page for that particular class.
9. These operating principles can easily be
if someone suggests useful changes.
Each class is free to create a different format
if that seems appropriate to the facilitator and the participants.
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