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Course Delivery Methods

TRADITIONAL COURSES (aka Face-to-Face)
Traditional courses meet in a traditional classroom setting, with the students and the instructor meeting together at a specific day/time and in a specific room. Some content is available online (ie. Canvas) but most teaching and learning activities are synchronous and represent 80% or more of the course delivery.(Traditional courses have section codes of ### or *T*).
 
BROADCAST COURSES (a.k.a. IVC)
Broadcast courses connect to multiple classrooms across the state using interactive video conferencing technology (IVC). An instructor in one location can interact with students at Regional Campus locations throughout Utah. Meetings take place at a specific day/time. Classrooms located at Utah State University Regional Campuses and other cooperating sites, let students in many parts of the state attend classes close to home. Some content is available online (ie. Canvas) but most teaching and learning activities are synchronous and represent 80% or more of the course delivery. (Broadcast courses have section codes of *B*).
 
WEB BROADCAST COURSES
Web broadcast courses have specific meeting days/times, but no specific location Students participate using online communications software such as Adobe Connect from personal locations instead of from Regional Campus classrooms. This allows for streaming video and live chat with students and the instructor in real-time. (Web Broadcast courses have section codes of *B*).
 
ONLINE COURSES
In online courses students submit assignments electronically over the Internet and interact with their instructors and other students via email and online discussions. There are no specific meeting times, however, students must have access to a computer and login regularly. On the first day of the semester, students should log in to their classes to become familiar with course structures and requirements. Regular interaction between the students and instructor are a part of the teaching and learning experience, however, participation is at least 80% asynchronous. Some courses require online exams to be taken under the supervision of an approved proctor, an educational official who supervises a student during an exam. While most local proctoring services are free, some may charge small fees. (Online courses have section codes of *O*).
 
FLEX CONDENSED ONLINE COURSES
Condensed online courses are similar to online semester based courses but with a 7-week timeline. Students are expected to login daily, participate in online discussions, group work, and complete all assignments within specified dates. (FLEX courses have section codes of *O* and include extra notes in the comments).
 
FLEX OPEN ENTRY ONLINE COURSES
Open entry online courses do not follow standard semester start dates. Students can begin a course any week they choose. Students do assignments at their own pace but must complete the course before the end of the term. Students must start at least 4-weeks prior to the end of the term. (FLEX courses have section codes of *O* and include extra notes in the comments).
 
BLENDED COURSES
Blended courses are a combination of delivery types with specific meeting days/times, and unscheduled online participation. Blended courses meet less often than traditional or broadcast courses. On the first day of the semester, students should log in to their classes to become familiar with course structures and requirements. Participation is between 21% and 79% online (asynchronous) with the remainder being In-person or IVC (synchronous). (Blended courses have section codes of ###, *T*, or *B* with additional notes on meeting times).
 
SUPERVISED
Supervised courses do not have specific meeting days/times or locations. Students work directly with an instructor or an advisor to complete specific requirements. They include directed readings, independent study, internships, practicums, and other classes that do not have lectures. (Supervised courses have section codes of *S*). 

 

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