Online Course Terminology

4160.1 Introduction

The consistent use of terminology concerning online courses and programs is critical for meeting compliance requirements, reporting to accreditors, and providing clear and effective information to students.

4160.2 Course Types

Fully Online/No Set Meet Time - an online course where 100%* of the direct faculty-led instruction is delivered in an asynchronous instruction mode. Students do not need to be on campus for any portion of the course work, homework/independent student preparatory work for evaluation. Instruction and interaction occur through the internet, such as via the University-managed Learning Management System (LMS). Day and time are not listed in the course schedule.

Fully Online/Set Meet Time - an online course where 100%* of the direct faculty-led instruction is delivered online with synchronous instructional meetings required. Students do not need to be on campus for any portion of the course work, homework/independent student preparatory work or evaluation. Instruction and interaction occur through the internet. Set meetings days and times, such as via the University-managed LMS and online course meeting tools are listed in the course schedule.

Mostly Online - an online course where 80%-99%* of direct faculty instruction and/or evaluation is delivered online, in either synchronous or asynchronous mode.  Students are required to be physically present on campus for no more than 20%* of the course contact hours. Most instruction and interaction, as well as most homework or independent student preparatory work, occurs online, such as via the University-managed LMS, utilizing either synchronous or asynchronous instruction modes. Day and time are listed in the course schedule for all synchronous online and/or on-campus meeting times.

Partially Online - a course where direct, instructor-led component and/or assessment is 20% - 79%* online. This classification exists to allow the Faculty to seek approval of course content for potential substantial online instruction and to inform students that a particular course offering will include a substantial online direct instructional component and/or evaluation.

Face-to-Face - a course that is offered with direct faculty-student interaction occurring primarily in-person. May include some online instruction and/or evaluation (not to exceed 20%*).

*The percentage of online and face-to-face instruction is determined by the number of contact hours each method utilizes relative to the number of contact hours for the entire course