Distance Education Program and Course Definitions

Program-Level Definitions

Traditional Program
Traditional Program: A program consisting of classroom and distance education courses with less than 50% of the credits required for program completion offered via distance education.


Distance Education Program
Distance Education Program: A program consisting of classroom and distance education courses with more than 50% of the credits required for program completion offered via distance education.


Online Program
Online Program: All credits required to complete the program are offered as online courses.  Students can complete the program completely at a distance, with no required in-person meetings. However, students may be required to complete a practicum, residency, or internship depending on the requirements of the program.  Online programs are designed with the distant student in mind.  Online programs provide support services—registration, testing, advising, tutoring, and library support—at a distance.


Course-Level Descriptions / Codes

Classroom Course
Classroom Course: Course activity is organized around scheduled class meetings. Classroom courses are measured by the number of hours spent in required class meetings or other traditional activities, such as laboratories, field trips, or internships. Such courses may involve some sort of computer usage—for example, a software simulation or laboratory or design software for art or engineering applications—but the course is still anchored to the regular classroom schedule. 
Code used after section number to identify: Uses numbers only

Video Conferencing
Video Conferencing: Course meetings are held in a campus-based video conference room (e.g. Distance Learning Classrooms) at designated times. 
Code used after section number to identify: V = Video Conferencing


Web Conferencing
Web Conferencing: Web-based technologies are used to extend classroom lectures and discussions to students at remote sites in real time. These courses use web conferencing or other synchronous e-learning media to provide access to the classroom experience to students at off-campus locations (such as their homes, places of employment, other campuses, etc.) while otherwise maintaining a traditional classroom structure.
Code used after section number to identify: C = Web Conferencing

Hybrid Course
Hybrid Course: Online activity is mixed with classroom meetings, replacing up to 75% of in-person instruction.  In addition to classroom meetings, students may be required to participate in online synchronous meetings. Instructors must clearly articulate expectations for all online and in-person class meetings to students within the first five days of class. Additionally, hybrid courses require that students meet in-person for the first day of class and receive instruction during all subsequent in-person meetings. Students may be required to take exams during some scheduled class meetings. However, a course in which students receive all instruction online and come to campus only to take tests does not meet the instructional requirements of a hybrid course.
Code used after section number to identify: H = Hybrid Course
Online Course
Online Course: All course activity is done online; no required in-person sessions or on-campus activities are required within the course. Online courses consist entirely of online elements that facilitate the three critical student interactions: with content, the instructor, and other students. Students taking an online course may be required to take proctored tests at a testing center or through an online proctoring system. Additionally, students may be required to complete a practicum, residency, or internship depending on the requirements of the course/program. Students must be notified at the time of enrollment of any requirements for proctored tests (online or in a testing center).
Code used after section number to identify: W = Online Course

Note: Web-Enhanced is no longer an instructional schedule type.    


Course Campus Codes

The first number in any section is the campus offering the course.

 2 = Georgetown  4 = Wilmington  5 = Stanton  6 = Dover