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Coding and Definitions

These definitions have been grouped into three categories, Synchronous, Asynchronous, and Combination.

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:
  • iTeach Certificate (BPOP + Technical Badges)
  • 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:
  • iTeach Certificate (BPOP + Technical Badges)
  • 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:
  • iTeach Certificate (BPOP + Technical Badges)
  • 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:  

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.  

Faculty Technical Competencies: 

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.  

Faculty Technical Competencies:  

 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.

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.