Online & Distance Learning Definitions

COURSE Definitions:

  • Internet:  Credit bearing course that replaces 80% or more of face-to-face seat time with technology enhanced instruction.  The 80% refers to required attendance/participation. For a three-credit class, this would be no more than NINE (9) REQUIRED hours face-to-face, with the remainder (36 hours) online.  These courses conducted via web-based instruction and collaboration.  The course MAY require minimal campus attendance, face-to-face orientation or in-person/proctored examinations. 
  • Blended/Hybrid:  Credit bearing course that replaces 30% - 79% of face-to-face seat time with technology enhanced instruction.  For a three-credit class, this would be between 9 and 31.5 REQUIRED hours face-to-face with the rest of the required class time online (13.5 - 35 hours online).

PROGRAM Definitions

  • Internet/Distance Program:  Programs where at least 80% of all courses are delivered via web-based instruction, videoconferencing, or at an off campus location.  The programs MAY require minimal campus attendance, a face-to-face orientation or in-person/proctored examinations.  (80% of a 120-hour program would be 96 credit hours offered online/distance; 80% of a 36-hour program would be that 28.8 credit hours are online.)  Students in these programs can live anywhere, but may still be required to come to campus periodically.
  • On Campus Program:  Traditional classroom environment where the instructor and the students are not separated by geographic space or time.  Courses may be offered online, web-enhanced, or F2F as long as the MAJORITY of the course work (not more than 80%) would be on ground/in person.  Students in these programs would be required to live in or close to the area.