Key Basic Definitions to help understand the modalities: 

  • Synchronous learning: means that you will have specific times set for interaction, through a specific medium, at a specific time.  
  • Asynchronous learning: means that you will have key deadlines assigned by the instructor to which students must adhere but will not provide specific meeting times for online interaction with the class. 

The following categories describe the different instructional methods and will provide guidance as to how courses have been designated to be taught. Note that certain options contain slight differences (variations in synchronous/asynchronous delivery) to account for a flexible mix of modalities best suited to the course content: 

  • On Campus Modalities: There will be at least some in-person instruction (prior to Thanksgiving Break)
    • In-person - Courses in which instructors interact with students in the same physical space for the majority of the instructional time. 
    • Hybrid - Some in-person, some remote courses in which instructors interact with students in the same physical space, in-person, some of the time, in combination with the remainder of the instructional time taking place remotely.
  • Remote Modalities: There will be no in-person instruction. The different modalities are to help provide a level of variation in synchronous/asynchronous delivery.
    • Online - Fully remote courses in which all activity takes place online (tests, assignments, and all student-faculty interaction). Although delivered in an asynchronous format, courses are not fully self-paced, as there are assignment and assessment deadlines given by the instructor. Course activity, however, will not follow a specific weekly schedule.
    • Mostly “Asynchronously” Online - Fully remote courses in which the majority of course activity takes place asynchronously online (again, meaning not at a set day or time). However, certain meetings, for example, for class discussions or other specific forms of course work, may have specifically scheduled times, but still in a remote format. 
    • Online-Regular Meeting - Fully remote courses in which all activity takes place online synchronously (tests, assignments, and all student-faculty interaction). Course activity takes place during specific times as listed on the schedule.
    • Web Based - Fully remote courses in which the majority of course activity takes place synchronously via remote delivery and primarily involves synchronous video or audio conferencing, typically replicating a traditional lecture. Days/times will be listed for these courses. 
  • Field Modality: Activity that takes place out in the field. 
    • Field - Courses in which instructional activity takes place “out in the field,” mainly practicums and internships/co-ops. Specific course information will be in the schedule comments or communicated by the instructor.
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