Learning Modalities at UDC

A learning modality is the method through which the elements of the course (learning outcomes, curriculum, and other content) are packaged and delivered to learners. Though there are distinct learning modalities (see below), learning modalities are best understood across a continuum. For example, a traditional face-to-face course might only leverage video conference during a snow day, whereas a strictly online course would use video conference during every synchronous session. Digital tools used to encourage engagement with other learners, course content, and or the instructor vary according to the mode. At UDC, all courses independent of mode utilize a learning management system (LMS) as a central hub for learning engagement. Blackboard is UDC’s LMS. It is best practice for faculty to leverage the Blackboard to best promote asynchronous and synchronous learning across modes of delivery.

Registrar codes

Note: The Registrar’s codes for the learning modalities official course code reported by the Registrar’s Office

Traditional Course (Registrar code = FTF)

  • Course that meets entirely in person (also known as face-to-face)
  • May use Blackboard as an enhancement
  • Remains a traditional course, but may use technology to enhance effectiveness ​
  • No more than 19% of the course may be delivered online

Hybrid/Blended Course (Registrar code = BHY)

  • A course that combines on-ground instruction using Blackboard
  • Physical meeting times must be listed in the Schedule of Courses
  • 20-79% online activities

Online Course (Registrar code = OL)

  • Includes courses typically labeled distance education and blended instruction
  • Provides most or all instruction over the internet
  • Has no required on-campus components, except for proctored assignments or exams when applicable
  • 80-100% online activities

Hyflex Course (Registrar code = FLX)

  • Offers live in-person delivery of course meetings by the instructor and a group of students in specially equipped Digital Learning Rooms
  • Live course delivery is coupled with synchronous (at the same time) remote online attendance by other students who may nevertheless interact real-time with other students and the instructor
  • May allow students to self-select into their preferred learning method (e.g., online, or in person) that most appeals to them, thus adapting to learner characteristics, which may result in greater levels of engagement and improved academic outcomes
  • Requires use of Blackboard (other technologies optional) for academic courses

Emergency Remote Instruction (Registrar code = ERI)

  • Allows institution to “pivot” based on a national pandemic or natural disaster (e.g., Covid-19, blizzard) ​
  • Design draws from whatever is pragmatic or expedient from the other four modalities, but typically primarily from the “online course” modality

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