Online Learning

About Online Learning

According to a January 2013 report put out by The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C), a leading professional online learning society, 32% of higher education students now take at least one course online. And, as indicated in the report, this number continues to increase. Learn more about the benefits of Online Learning.

At UW Bothell, we define online courses as those where at least 50% of traditional face-to-face class time is replaced with online work. Check out the graphics below to learn about the differences between a web-enhanced, hybrid, and online course.

Online courses vs. Web-enhanced and Hybrid courses:

Web-Enhanced Courses:

Web-Enhanced Courses

  • Courses are setup in a traditional, face-to-face format.
  • An LMS and/or other online tools are used together with the classroom to supplement face-to-face coursework.
  • Classtime and meetings occur normally.


Hybrid Courses:

Hybrid Courses

  • 25% - 50% of traditional face-to-face class time is replaced with online or out-of-class work.
  • Courses make use of an LMS or other online tools for coursework and communication.
  • Classtime is schedule to work in conjunction with online coursework and activities.


Online Courses:

Online Courses

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