Program-Level Definitions

Traditional Classroom Program: The majority of courses in the program are in-person courses. However, the program may also include some online or blended courses.

Blended Program: The program has a mix of in-person, online, and blended courses with online courses comprising 50% or more of the total required courses/credits. Examples of blended programs are those with a low-residency requirement.

Online Program: All courses in the program are online courses. Students can complete the program remotely using a laptop or desktop computer with no required in-person meetings. Online courses in the program can be either synchronous or asynchronous.

Course-Level Definitions

Time Options

Synchronous: Course activity is organized around scheduled class meetings and students and faculty interact with one another simultaneously in real-time. Synchronous courses can be in-person, video or web conference, or online. For in-person courses, synchronous meetings are listed under Days & Times. For online courses, synchronous meetings are most generally listed under Class Notes.

Asynchronous: Course activity is not organized around scheduled class times and students and faculty do not interact with one another simultaneously in real-time. Asynchronous courses can be partially or entirely self-paced and are typically held online.

Hybrid: A mix of asynchronous and synchronous interactions.

Mode of Instruction

In-Person Course (coded as On-Site Classroom): Course activity is organized around scheduled class meetings and is delivered in a classroom or other in-person environment. Courses are synchronous and students are required to physically be at a certain place at a certain time.

Video Conference Course (coded as On-Site Classroom if originating from UMaine; coded as VC for all receive sites): Course activity is organized around scheduled class meetings and is delivered via video conference to remote classrooms. Courses are synchronous and students are required to go to a remote classroom at a physical location to access the course at a certain time. A list of the University of Maine System’s video conference classrooms can be found at https://umaine.edu/citl/video-conferencing-classrooms/.

Blended Course (coded as Blended[Online & On Site]): Course activity is a mix of online activity and in-person meetings with the online components comprising 20-99% of the total course activity. Online activity can be either synchronous or asynchronous while in-person meetings are synchronous. Students will be told when they’re expected to physically be at a certain place at a certain time.

Online Course (coded as Online): All course activity is delivered online to remote participants with no required in-person meetings or on-campus activity. Courses can be either synchronous or asynchronous and students can access the course remotely from a laptop or desktop computer.