About Online Courses
There are two kinds of online courses:
Courses taught completely online are called asynchronous. In a totally online course, the students meet face to face once at the beginning of the semester to become familiar with the course requirements and to meet with the instructor. Usually there is only a one class meeting, but no more than 4 of the 14 weeks in a semester are taught in class. The rest of the course happens online. All discussions, project presentations, delivery of assignments, group work and even tests can occur on the course site.
Courses that combine classroom and online learning are called hybrid. Hybrid online courses are taught both online and in the classroom. Hybrid courses are regular courses with a class meeting schedule and begin as a regular classroom course would. Usually the teaching and learning are evenly split between class and online time, but a course can use nearly all its 14 weeks in the classroom.
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Last modified: Oct 13, 2011