UWB Definitions of Online Learning: Final Iteration
Tri-Campus Approval November 2020
These definitions are meant to support students so that they understand course formats and meetings, and not restrict faculty. These definitions provide essential information for students so that they can plan their course schedule to meet their academic and personal needs. Specifically, we want to ensure that students who have commitments, such as working, care-giving, and parenting, have certainty regarding course formats and meetings.
Global definitions for online/remote courses for the Time Schedule key or legend
Learners should note that the amount of work expected in any given course is determined by the number of credits that course carries, not by the amount of scheduled meeting time.
Synchronous online/remote course
Learners attend some or all course sessions in real time, at the times specified in the Time Schedule. Instructors may also require learners to engage with others and complete activities outside of scheduled class time through the course learning management system.
Asynchronous online/remote course
Learners do not attend course sessions in real time. Instead, learners meet all assignments, participation expectations, and deadlines, as articulated in the syllabus and other course materials in the course learning management system. The course may offer learners optional, ungraded opportunities to meet in real time, such as through virtual office hours.
This course combines learning in physical classrooms with learning online/remotely. Learners attend course sessions on campus at the classroom location and time specified in the Time Schedule. In addition, learners are required to engage with others and complete activities through the course learning management system.