Modes of Instruction Definitions

Independent Study (CR): Instruction is provided in a self-study, self-paced format where the instructor and student mutually establish method(s) of communication.

Off Campus Face to Face (FF): Describes the traditional classroom setting where the instructor and students are physically located in the same place in an off campus location and may incorporate the use of multiple supportive technologies as appropriate.

Online Asynchronous (IA): Online instruction occurring independent of time or location. All Online Asynchronous courses must complete the online course development process through the Center for Extended Learning before they can be offered. Courses cannot deliver more than one-third of the course content in a synchronous format and any synchronous meetings must be arranged to accommodate all students’ schedules or alternative options offered.

Online Synchronous (IS): Online instruction occurring independent of location, but at the same time (real time). Days and times must be listed on the schedule and links to the synchronous meetings must be included in the Blackboard course shell.

On Campus Face to Face (TC): Describes the traditional classroom setting where the instructor and students are physically located in the same place and may incorporate the use of multiple supportive technologies as appropriate.

Interactive Video (V2): A video and audio communications session between two or more remote sites with live, animated image transmission and display. This connection allows for both the faculty and students to be seen and heard by each other. Course must be scheduled using the North Dakota Interactive Video Network.

Hybrid/blended (CO): A course that is defined as one in which at least two-thirds of course content is delivered in a traditional, face-to-face format, and no more than one-third delivered in an online or other distance format. 

HyFlex: A course that combines face-to-face with online learning in a flexible course structure that gives students the option of attending sessions in the classroom, participating online, or doing both. These classes are delivered face-to-face and online at the same time by the same faculty member. Online delivery is typically synchronous and in some cases asynchronous. More detailed information is available from Educause.