Distance Learning is defined as when a portion or all of the instruction is delivered using technologies that permit the instructor and students to be separated by time and/or place. Unlike self-paced learning or correspondence courses, distance learning includes regular and substantive interaction between the student and instructor. Types of distance learning include: Online, Hybrid (a combination of Online and Face-to-Face), and Interactive Video for Distance Learning (IVDL).
In the fully online course all course instruction is delivered online. Students are not required to come to campus to participate in any portion of the coursework. There are no required synchronous (real-time) scheduled interactions (e.g. web-conferencing, chat). Proctored testing may be required on-campus or elsewhere. Please refer to the course syllabus or contact the course instructor for specific course requirements. It is important to note, the online course is not self-paced; students are expected to complete assignments and assessments on a schedule that is similar to the traditional course and aligns with the regular academic calendar.
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The Online-WSR course is delivered primarily online using Blackboard. The difference between the Fully Online and Online-WSR is there are some required face-to-face or synchronous (real-time) interactions, such as: class orientation, regularly scheduled chat or web-conferencing sessions, and / or proctored exams. Please refer to the course syllabus for specific course requirements.
The blended (hybrid) course provides the advantages of weekly face-to-face interaction between faculty and students with the flexibility and convenience of less time in the classroom. Significant coursework and interactions between instructor, students, and classmates take place both in the classroom and online. The total amount of time required for the blended course is typically the same as with a traditional face-to-face course. The percentage of face-to-face classroom time is reduced as time devoted to online activities is increased.
Self-paced courses allow students to work at their own pace, so they may get ahead and finish in fewer weeks. Students attend class two days a week, work on a computer at their own pace during class time (no lecture), and get instant help when they need it.
The web-assisted course is not considered a "distance learning" course - the web-assisted course is delivered primarily in the classroom with no reduction in classroom seat-time. The course syllabus and grades may be posted online along with some course material and/or activities requiring student access to a learning management system (LMS) such as Blackboard.
IVDL classrooms combine the traditional face-to-face instruction with distance learning by using special video and audio conferencing technology to connect two or more classrooms. Students located in one classroom are able to interact in real-time with an instructor and students located at a distance.
Note: Synchronous instruction is defined as instruction offered at a specific location or time and may include scheduled orientation, proctored exams, and/or web-conferencing or live broadcast.