University Modes of Instruction Definitions

Last modified on 12/16/2015 by DTM

Overview:

In 2015, the University Registrar led efforts to develop standard definitions for the terms “online”, “hybrid/blended”, and “in person” as related to modes of delivery at UConn (listed as Instruction Mode in Student Administration).  These terms are now used in Student Administration to distinguish whether student contact hours occur in person, online, or in a combination of the two.

When discussing modes of delivery, it is helpful to understand UConn’s policy on Credit Hours. The examples referenced below assume a 3 credit course. For an in person course, this would equate to 3 hours a week or 42 hours total of in-class, direct instruction contact hours over the semester.

 

Online (NOTE: Currently listed as the Instruction Mode “World Wide Web” in Student Administration)
In an online course, all required contact hours are internet-based. Contact includes instruction, learning activities, and interactions (both student-student and/or student-instructor). Completion of assessments and exams in-person at authorized proctoring locations may be required at the instructor’s discretion (this includes semester and final assessments and exams).

EXAMPLE: STATS 10XX is a 3 credit online course. Students are never required to meet in-person, but may take a final exam in-person at an authorized proctoring site. In this example, all 42 contact hours would occur online.

 

Hybrid/Blended
In a hybrid/blended course, online contact displaces some portion of the required contact hours that would normally take place in a scheduled face-to-face course. Contact includes instruction, learning activities, and interactions (both student-student and/or student-instructor).

EXAMPLE 1: ILCS 13XX is a 3 credit blended course. There are 2 scheduled 1 hour face-to-face class meetings on Monday Sept 9 and Monday December 2. All other class activities occur in HuskyCT as a combination of short videos, discussion posts, self-tests assessments, and group activities. In this example, 40 contact hours would occur online and 2 contact hours would occur in person.

EXAMPLE 2: ECON 12XX is a 3 credit blended course. The class meets once weekly for 1 hour face-to-face discussions and quizzes.  The lectures, online discussion, and other activities occur in HuskyCT. In this example, 28 contact hours would occur online and 14 contact hours would occur in person.

 

In Person

In an in-person course, all required contact hours occur during regularly scheduled face-to-face class meeting times. Contact includes instruction, learning activities, and interactions (both student-student and/or student-instructor). An in-person course is considered web-enhanced when online course elements are provided to students but do not displace any of the required contact hours that would normally occur in a scheduled in-person class.

EXAMPLE 1: MATH 10XX is a 3 credit in-person course that meets 3 days a week for the entire semester. The students meet in a classroom with either the discussion TA or the faculty lecturer for all of the scheduled classes. Since the faculty member puts quizzes, review videos and supplemental materials in HuskyCT, the course is considered web enhanced. However, since all 42 required contact hours occur in the classroom, the course is not considered hybrid/blended.

 

Need More Information or Help:

  • Attend a lunchtime seminar about strategies used in online and hybrid/blended courses.
  • Request a Quality Matters Higher Education Workbook (a set of research based standards for online and hybrid/blended courses) from eCampus.
  • Register for a QM workshop on hybrid/blended course design. eCampus will cover the registration fee for UConn Faculty.
  • Review eCampus Faculty Resources for online education.
  • Contact eCampus

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