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Research Academy for Integrated Learning (RAIL)

Location: Building 41, Level 1

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Office Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Online and Hybrid Course Overview

UDC offers over 28 online and hybrid/blended courses. Fully integrated online courses and hybrid courses are currently offered in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Public Administration, College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences as well as at our Community College.  In addition, our hybrid/blended course offerings are more widely available across various disciplines. Regardless of a course format (online or hybrid), the online learning experiences will be innovative and collaborative. There are projections for major increases in availability of these courses.

Online & Hybrid Educators

Faculty must be certified in online education to teach online at UDC. Faculty and all areas at the University are engaged in building new online and hybrid/blended courses.  Research Academy for Integrated Learning (RAIL) provides faculty with various options to be involved in online certification programs.  RAIL insures that faculty is gaining the knowledge of course design and best practices of online distance learning. RAIL's mission is to provide faculty with the necessary tools and technology for designing and developing their online/hybrid courses. More about Online Learning Certification.

How HOT is your course?


Hybrid/Blended Course: A course that combines online and face-to-face (F2F) instruction utilizing Blackboard. Physical meeting times must be listed in the Schedule of Courses. 20-79% online activities= Hybrid/blended course. Designated as: H

Online Course: A broad term that includes Distance Education courses and Blended Instruction. A course that provides most all instruction over the internet and has no required on-campus components, with the exception of proctored assignments or exams when applicable. 80-100% online activities = Online course. Designated as: O

Traditional Course: A course that meets entirely face-to-face; may utilize Blackboard as an enhancement. 0-19% online= Traditional course or technology enhanced traditional course. Designated as: T


H- Hybrid/Blended Course; 0- Online Course; T- Traditional Course