About Online and Distance Learning

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, 28% of higher education students now take at least one course online and 25% of postbaccalaureate students take exclusively online courses. Learn more about the benefits of online learning.

Course Definitions

  • Distance Learning Course - 100% online (note that DL courses require additional curriculum paperwork. See https://helpcenter.uw.edu/uw-cm-distance-learning/)
  • Online Course: 74% to 99% online
  • Hybrid Course: 50% to 74% online
  • Campus Course: 0 to 49% online
     

Distance Course

  • 100% of the course is conducted fully online, typically in an asynchronous format with potentially some synchronous meetings
  • A Learning Management System (LMS), such as Canvas, is typically used for all communication and class work.
  • There are no required on-campus class meetings.

 

Online Course

  • 75-99% or more of face-to-face class time is replaced with online work.
  • Courses make use of an LMS and/or other online tools for coursework and communication.
  • Face-to-face meetings are combined rather than meeting weekly (e.g. meet one Friday from 9 to 1 and the rest is online for a 90% online course

 

Hybrid Course

 

  • 50-74% of face-to-face time is replaced with online work.
  • Courses make use of an LMS and/or other online tools for coursework and communication.
  • Typically, 5-credit hybrid courses meet once a week

Online Learning at UWB

If a course is offered as a Distance Learning course (100% online), it will be noted in the time schedule with a "D" in the "Other" field. There may also be a note in the course description. The time schedule comments section will list of what percentage of a course is online for a hybrid course. An online course will be designated with an "O" and a hybrid course will be designated with a "B"
 

Online learning symbol on time schedule