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Method of Delivery

Explore the definitions and resources for the various methods of course delivery below.

Note: In 2018 a working group was charged by provost Mary Ann Rankin to define terms regarding technology-enhanced learning at UMD. The original categories determined by the group were later expanded to support classroom activities during 2020 and 2021.

Definition:

When instruction and assessments are conducted through in-person meetings. Instruction and assessments may be enhanced with technology or even periodically include “flipped” instruction, but they have no formal, consistent reduction in “seat time”. This definition is not applicable to independent studies, internships, externships, practica, study abroad, or dissertation/research courses.

Examples:

  • MWF course when a few Friday sessions are optional to allow time for teamwork or TA support sessions
  • A TTH course where a few short exceptions are made and the instructor needs to host a few classes as webinars

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Definition:

When web-based technologies, such as Zoom, are used to extend classroom lectures to students at remote sites, in real-time. 

Examples:

  • Small seminar class where 12 students equally participate in discussions. 10% of students may be "Zooming in" at any given time.
  • Large lecture class where the instructor or guest lecturer uses Zoom from the classroom to allow remote students to view a presentation.

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    Definition:

    When the required instruction and assessments are conducted through a combination of in-person and remote learning technology. This is differentiated from a technology-enhanced in-person course because in a blended course, “seat time” is formally and consistently reduced. This does not include ad hoc situations where a class session is replaced with distance learning due to special circumstances. 

    Examples:

    • T/TH course that replaces all or most of Thursday classes in lieu of asynchronous online work 
    • T/TH course that replaces all or most of Thursday classes with online, live sessions

    This also includes "Flipped Classes" when the in-class practice sessions are reduced in time or optional to off-set the required learning that is happening outside of class time.

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    Definition:

    The majority of the required instruction and assessments are conducted with distance learning technology, whether synchronously or asynchronously. Students are not required to be in the same location as the instructor, although exceptions can be made for exams that must be taken on campus or at regionally located testing centers. Any in-person, or live session dates and times should be clearly indicated in the course notes prior to registration. 

    Examples:

    • Delivery Mode: 100% Online: 
      • A fully online synchronous course with online sessions
      • A fully online asynchronous course with self-paced learning
    • Delivery Mode: 80-99% Online:
      • A fully online course that requires limited in-person participation (e.g. instruction, presentations, field trips, or assessments)

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    Definition:

    When multiple modes of delivery are offered. Students are allowed to choose not only their time of participation but also their mode of engagement for each class session and each activity. This modality incorporates an in-person, online synchronous, and online asynchronous plan for each learning opportunity. This option requires the most pre-planning for lessons, the most technical fluency, and the most adaptable content.

    Examples:

    • A large lecture course allows students to choose between being seated in class, watching a simulcast of the class remotely, or watching a recording of the class session at a later time. Students who are in-class can select between in-person activities, often involving peer collaboration or working online independently during class time.

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    Additional Reading

    Sources:

    University of Maryland's Distance Learning Committee, Draft Definitions, 2019-2020

    OLC Insights: OLC's Blog, July 7, 2015, Updated E-Learning Definitions, by John Sener, Founder/DKO, Sener Knowledge LLC

    See UMD's registrar pages for scheduling assistance regarding course modality

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