Courses at LTS are offered in different formats. Some are on campus; some can be taken online.
Not all learning formats are available to all programs.
Students should be aware that online learning has certain technical requirements (please see below*).
A. Intensive Courses
- Classes are 1 or 2 weeks long, often all day.
- Classes may be onsite or online or a blend of the two. Courses are ‘blended’ when some of the students in a class participate onsite at the same time that others participate from a distance (online).
- Onsite classes are usually held in LTS classrooms but may be held at St. Andrews College (Saskatoon), or at sites that students visit as a group.
- Online classes take place via live-streaming. They are typically synchronous** and have a DL designation in the suffix of the course number (e.g. SL210DL).
Sequence for Intensive Courses:
Not all intensive courses are offered every year. The typical sequence for intensive Course Offerings at the seminary is as follows:
- Year A offers biblical and pastoral courses. The year starts in academic years that begin with 'even' numbers (e.g. 2018-19).
- Year B offers theological and church history courses. The year starts in academic years that begin with 'odd' numbers (e.g. 2019-20).
MDiv, MTS, ThM, DMin, Certificate, Occasional, Continuing Education
B. Extended Courses (Semester-Long)
- Classes are taken over a 4-month semester.
- Classes may be held onsite or online.
- Onsite courses are held in LTS or St. Andrew’s College classrooms. Class times are typically three hours per week.
- Online synchronous** courses take place via live-streaming and these courses have a ‘DL’ designation in the suffix of the course number (e.g. SL201DL).
- Online asynchronous*** courses are accessed through an online learning platform and these courses have a ‘DLA’ designation in the suffix of the course number (e.g. SL210DLA). These DLA courses allow students to complete the weekly readings, assignments and reflections throughout the week when they are fee to work on the material, thereby allowing them to adapt schoolwork to their work schedules. Course assignments have scheduled deadlines throughout the term. Not all classes are available in this format.
- Onsite courses: MDiv, MTS, ThM, DMin, Certificate, Occasional, Continuing Education
- Online synchronous courses: MDiv, MTS, ThM, DMin, Certificate, Occasional, Continuing Education
- Online asynchronous courses: MTS, Certificate, Occasional, Continuing Education (note: MDiv students may take only the HAHL 111 and HAHL112 church history courses in asynchronous format).
Online Learning – Technical Requirements:
Students participating in online learning will require access to reliable high-speed internet service.
Synchronous online live-streaming requirements include:
- Internet connection (stable and fast) that will support live-streaming video
Asynchronous Distributive Learning requirements include:
- Access to Populi
- Internet connection (stable and fast)
Students attend the class with the professor and other students, at a certain time and/or place.
Students log in to the course (online) when it suits them best, to complete the course requirements. Course assignments have scheduled deadlines throughout the term.