Tufts summer online courses are faculty-directed, and are designed to use the power of Canvas (the university's learning management platform) to provide high-quality courses to Tufts and visiting students. Summer online courses are carefully designed to have the same academic rigor and expectations for teaching, studying, and achievement as their face-to-face counterparts offered by Tufts during the academic year.
Tufts summer online courses are student-centered. They are offered asynchronously, that is, outside traditional classroom restraints of place and time. Students have greater freedom to interact with course content (lectures, presentations, discussions, forums, etc.) on a schedule that works for them, using a wider network of resources to achieve educational goals. While online courses provide greater flexibility, Tufts summer online courses are not self-paced. They are highly facilitated courses, and students are expected to interact with faculty and their peers nearly every day of the summer term.
Online learning is not for everyone. Online courses require students to log on to Canvas frequently to view course content, interact with their instructors and peers using online messaging tools, and to submit written work. Prospective students who feel that they need the structure of the in-person classroom in order to excel should consider whether online courses are the best choice for them.
Some online courses require proctored exams. Students within fifty miles of the Medford campus must come to campus to take these exams at a specific date and time. Students taking an online course from more than fifty miles away will need to identify an acceptable proctor and go through Summer Session's strict proctor verification process.
Please contact the proctor coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Local Students (residing within 50 miles of Tufts)
Tufts will schedule a time and place on the Medford campus to take each Summer Session Online proctored exam. The Tufts campus is accessible by car or public transportation. These exams are scheduled on a weekday evening. Please contact your course instructor or course site to find out the dates for your courses' on-campus exams.
Non-local Students (residing more than 50 miles from Tufts)
Students who are taking a course that requires a paper exam must make their own proctoring arrangements. It is the student’s responsibility to find an acceptable proctor, submit the proctor's information to the Summer Session office for verification, and schedule a time to take the exam directly with your proctor. Please contact your instructor or your course website to view the scheduling windows for your exams and for more detailed information. We recommend submitting this proctor information as soon as a student has access to the course website.
Some courses that require an online exam may have the opportunity to use an online proctoring service. This service requires a webcam and a microphone. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain access to these items.
Acceptable proctors include:
People in the following categories are unacceptable proctors:
If your course requires a paper exam, your proctor will be responsible for submitting the exam to us digitally within 24 hours of the exam’s completion and mail in the paper exam. US-based students are asked to provide their proctor with a stamped envelope addressed to the Summer Session Office.
A recent Bundesgymnasium graduate, Matthias decided to leave his home in Austria for six weeks and spend part of his summer studying international relations and economics at Tufts. He thought the summer before completing his zivildienst (year of public service) was the perfect time to try something new. Matthias saw the advantages of international study at a great American university before entering his "gap" year, and he knew that Tufts University had the summer courses he needed and could transfer to his home university, when the time comes.