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Hybrid & Online Learning at SIUE

What's the difference between a face-to-face, hybrid, and online class? SIUE uses the definitions below to differentiate course formats.


Course Type

 %Online 

Typical Description

Examples

Technology

Face-to-face

0% Course with no online content - taught traditionally. Meets in person, usually on campus.

Three credit hour class meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for one hour each day.


Four credit hour class that meets Monday night from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Traditional classroom technology, such as white boards and projectors

Web Facilitated

1-29% Course that uses web-based technology to enhance the traditional classroom experience. Meets in person, usually on campus.

Three credit hour class meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for one hour each day.


Four credit hour class that meets Monday night from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

May use Blackboard to post syllabus, lecture notes, grades, and assignments. May utilize "Clickers" for live polling, or other interactive classroom software.

Blended/Hybrid

30-74% Course that blends online and face-to-face teaching. Substantial portion of content is provided online with some course meetings replaced by online sessions (usually in Blackboard).

Three credit hour class meets Monday and Wednesday in the classroom for one hour each day and one hour of online instruction each week.


Four credit hour class that meets Monday night from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. with two hours of instruction time online.

May use Blackboard for online lecture and classroom time for interactive discussions or group activities. May use a mix of interactive classroom tools and online activities.

Online

75+% Course where most or all content is provided online. Typically these courses have no face-to-face meetings, but may require in-person testing and/or orientation.

Meets the first day of class for orientation and the remainder of learning and assessment is online.


Meets the first day of class for orientation, then meets again for mid-term exam and the last day of class for class presentations.

Class does not meet face to face.

All lectures, learning materials, and assessments are accessed through an online learning environment like Blackboard. Participation happens through discussion boards, video conferencing, and email, for example.


NOTE: In a hybrid or online class, consult your professor or syllabus for dates and time of face-to-face meetings. Classes and use of technology may vary.