Learning Environments

In Person

You will see the terminology In Person to define the mode of instruction in the Student Information System (SIS). You may also see this type of class referred to as classroom-based. These classes provide only face-to-face (F2F) instruction, and may include lectures, discussion, and seminar-style formats. 

Less than 50% Internet-Based

You will see the terminology Less than 50% Internet to define the mode of instruction in the Student Information System (SIS). You may also see this type of class referred to as hybrid or blended. These classes combine both face-to-face (F2F) and online instruction. There will be required F2F classes, as well as online class meetings.  Less than 50% of class materials, course activities, assignments, and discussions will be online. Learn more about learning online.

More than 50% Internet-Based

You will see the terminology More than 50% Internet to define the mode of instruction in the Student Information System (SIS). You may also see this type of class referred to as hybrid or blended. These classes combine both face-to-face (F2F) and online instruction. There will be required F2F classes, as well as online class meetings.  More than 50% of class materials, course activities, assignments, and discussions will be online. Learn more about learning online.

Televised

You will see the terminology Televised to define the mode of instruction in the Student Information System (SIS). You may also see this type of class referred to as DVC (digital video conferencing). These classes originate on Grounds or at sites across Virginia, and are transmitted to one or more receiving sites using digital video. Classes are transmitted in real time to allow for student and faculty interaction and engagement. 

Web-Based

You will see the terminology Web-Based to define the mode of instruction in the Student Information System (SIS). You may also see this type of class referred to as online. All instruction in these classes occurs in an online environment, synchronously or asynchronously, or both. The instructor provides all materials, course activities, assignments, and discussions in an online environment.  Learn more about learning online.

Is My Web-Based Class Synchronous or Asynchronous?

Same Time/ Different Place:   Synchronous Web-Based
Different Time/ Different Place:   Asynchronous Web-Based

Asynchronous with Synchronous Sessions
Some online asynchronous courses include synchronous sessions. Attendance at these live synchronous sessions is strongly encouraged, but each session will be recorded for students' future listening/viewing (at no penalty) if they are not able to attend the live session.