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.

Remote Course: Emergency remote courses are developed quickly in response to a crisis. Faculty re-imagine assignments and activities now that students do not have physical access to resources, such as physical assets in libraries and laboratories. Students and faculty, en masse, turn to locations and services they have in their homes to engage with one another as they had done in classrooms.