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Coding and Definitions

These definitions have been grouped into three categories, Synchronous, Asynchronous, and Combination. The delivery method impacts both faculty professional development needs as well as the current AFT.

Quick Comparison Chart

SYNCHRONOUS CLASSES:

Classes where instruction is delivered in real time, scheduled class meetings.

TRAD = Traditional

Definition: Includes synchronous on-ground classroom-based instruction, as well as sections coded with other instructional codes for classroom-based instruction like Lab, Clinical, Co-op. Classes may make use of Blackboard, but instruction is delivered in real-time as noted in the schedule.  

Faculty Technical Competencies:
  • Use of Blackboard, competency in the following: 
  • Design & Manage Your Course 
  • Communication:  Announcements 
  • Developing Your Grading Strategies & Managing Grade Center 

Student Technical Requirements - Minimum: Student Technical Requirements – Optimum (in addition to the minimum requirements):
  • Webcam 
  • Microphone 
  • Speakers 
  • Headphones 

LRON = Live Remote Online

Definition: Live synchronous online sessions are held at specified times using Teams/WebEx/Collaborate. Classes may make use of Blackboard, but instruction is delivered in real-time as noted in the schedule. 

Faculty Technical Competencies:
  • Use of Blackboard, competency in the following: 
  • Design & Manage Your Course 
  • Communication:  Announcements 
  • Developing Your Grading Strategies & Managing Grade Center 
  • Managing Live Class Meetings: Collaborate, WebEx, MS Teams 

 

Student Technical Requirements - Minimum:

 

Student Technical or Other Requirements – Optimum (in addition to the minimum requirements):
  • Scanner or scanning software or the ability to take a photo or digitize documentation and share it electronically 
  • Private study/learning space with no distractions 

LRCR = Live Remote or On-Ground

(Note:  This is new code takes the place of Hyflex A and B, which were simply synchronous classes that combined classroom based and LRON attendance in slightly different ways.) 

Definition: This course delivery method requires students to attend a synchronous class at a specified time and day as noted in the schedule but allows students to take a course partially onsite and partially live remote online (via video conference). This may be according to a set rotating schedule to ensure social distancing (for example, 1/2 of the students are synchronous online on Tuesdays while 1/2 are on-ground in the classroom, and then the schedule is flipped), OR if social distancing is no longer a concern, students will have the option of attending class on-ground or continuing to participate via live online remote. Classes may make use of Blackboard, but instruction is delivered in real-time.  

Faculty Technical Competencies:
  • Use of Blackboard, competency in the following: 
  • Design & Manage Your Course 
  • Communication:  Announcements 
  • Developing Your Grading Strategies & Managing Grade Center 
  • Managing Live Class Meetings: Collaborate, WebEx, MS Teams 

Student Technical Requirements - Minimum: Student Technical or Other Requirements – Optimum (in addition to the minimum requirements):
  • Scanner or scanning software or the ability to take a photo or digitize documentation and share it electronically 
  • Private study/learning space with no distractions 

ASYNCHRONOUS CLASSES:

Classes where instruction is NOT delivered at scheduled times.

ONLN = Fully Online

Definition: Courses in which all instruction and assessment is delivered asynchronously through Blackboard—often in conjunction with publisher-based content. These courses include discussion boards, assignments, projects, assessments, etc. Courses designated as ONLN have completely asynchronous instruction, as well as asynchronous assessment.  

Faculty Technical Competencies:  

  • Use of Blackboard 
  • iTeach Certificate (BPOP + Technical Badges) 
     

Student Technical Requirements - Minimum: 

Student Technical or Other Requirements – Optimum (in addition to the minimum requirements): 

  • Webcam 
  • Scanner or scanning software or the ability to take a photo or digitize documentation and share it electronically 
  • Private study/learning space with no distractions 
  • Microphone 
  • Headphones 

OLCR = Online with Classroom Component

Definition: All instruction is asynchronous like ONLN but requires a synchronous on-ground orientation and/or real-time proctored assessments.  

Note:   

  • The iTeach Certificate (or equivalent) is required by several colleges for any faculty member delivering one of these types of sections.  
  • AFT faculty teaching either of these asynchronous section types receive the AFT premium.  

Faculty Technical Competencies: 

  • Use of Blackboard 
  • iTeach Certificate (BPOP + Technical Badges) 

Student Technical Requirements - Minimum: 

Student Technical or Other Requirements – Optimum (in addition to the minimum requirements): 

  • Webcam 
  • Scanner or scanning software or the ability to take a photo or digitize documentation and share it electronically 
  • Private study/learning space with no distractions 
  • Microphone 
  • Headphones 

COMBINATION OF SYNCHRONOUS AND ASYNCHRONOUS:

Classes which incorporate, or require, a combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction.

HYBR = Hybrid

Definition: Combines synchronous on-ground or remote instruction and asynchronous online instruction. This course method is for courses that have required hands-on components that cannot be accomplished online or asynchronously, for example: labs, manufacturing, clinical, technology, or digital arts courses. Students will be required to attend scheduled class sessions on-ground or remotely as noted in the schedule. Due to social distancing requirements, delivery of this instructional method may be limited, or alternatives to on-ground meetings may be implemented.  

Note:  

  • Currently HYBRID does NOT require that faculty have earned the iTeach Certificate. 
  • AFT faculty teaching Hybrid sections do NOT get the "online premium." Since faculty members who are teaching this type of course are, in fact, expected to develop a substantial portion of fully online instruction in this course delivery type, so it may be that AFT faculty will need to be paid the premium 

Faculty Technical Competencies:  

  • Use of Blackboard 
  • iTeach Certificate (BPOP + Technical Badges) 

 Student Technical Requirements - Minimum: 

Student Technical or Other Requirements – Optimum (in addition to the minimum requirements): 

  • Webcam 
  • Scanner or scanning software or the ability to take a photo or digitize documentation and share it electronically 
  • Private study/learning space with no distractions 
  • Microphone 
  • Headphones 

FLEX = Hyflex/Blendflex

Definition: This course delivery method provides students with the most flexibility. In the Hyflex course design, students can: 

  • Choose to attend face-to-face, classroom-based synchronous class sessions (TRAD), or  
  • Choose to participate in synchronous live remote online sessions presented via WebEx, Teams, or Collaborate, without physically attending class (LRON), or 
  • Complete part, or all, of the course instruction asynchronously, without attending scheduled live sessions (either on-ground or remotely) (ONLN).   

Note:   

  • To develop and teach Hyflex courses, the faculty member must be capable of designing the equivalent of a fully online (ONLN/OLCR) course, since some students may only interact with the asynchronous instruction. Therefore, we believe that Hyflex MUST require the iTeach Certificate. 
  • AFT faculty teaching Hyflex sections do NOT get the "online premium." Since faculty members who are teaching this type of course are, in fact, expected to develop parallel asynchronous instruction in this course delivery type, so it may be that AFT faculty will need to be paid the premium 

Faculty Technical Competencies:  

  • Use of Blackboard  
  • iTeach Certificate (BPOP + Technical Badges) 
  • Hyflex equipment   

Student Technical Requirements - Minimum: 

  • Dependent upon participation method - please refer to the TRAD, LRON or ONLN student technical requirements. 

*BPOP equivalency can be handled through a course review using the CCC-OSCQR Course Design Self-Assessment in collaboration with your local Ed. Tech. support staff or their designee.

**BPOP and iTeach Certification or their equivalencies will remain valid for three years.