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Faculty Guide to Course Delivery Methods

Course Delivery Method codes are designed to clearly communicate the time and place-based elements of course instruction. Students rely on these categories to select courses that fit their schedule, location, need for flexibility, and preferred learning style.

Course Delivery Methods

  • In Person:Direct instruction delivered in person, with scheduled class meetings.
  • :Direct instruction delivered through a reduced number of in person class sessions, supplemented with either digital or self-guided instruction.
  • Online - Scheduled Meetings*: Online courses that include required meeting times.
  • Online - No Scheduled Meetings*:Online courses that do not have required meeting times.

*An additional online course fee of $22 per credit is assessed for online courses.

Administrative Course Delivery Methods

  • -Բ𳾱Գ:Credit set up individually between one student and one instructor (never published in the Schedule of Classes).
  • Department Arranged: Courses created to be published in the Schedule of Classes that are typically By-Arrangement credit, but have a published CRN to allow for multiple students to register in the same section. This is used primarily for Dissertation, Thesis, Internship, or, sometimes, Project credits.

Course Delivery Method Guidelines & Examples

In Person

Guideline:Typically, these courses will have regular, scheduled, in-person meetings congruent with 10 hours of seat time per credit for lecture/recitation direct instruction or 20 hours per credit of laboratory, studio, or activity work.

  • Example: Weekly meetings, M/W/F, 75-min block
  • Example: Weekly meetings, T/R 2-hour block
  • Example: Bi-weekly meetings, T/R 4-hour block
  • Example: Meet 3 weekends per term, S/U 6-hour block

Guideline:The scheduled, in-person meetings can be on campus, or in another physical location, such as a field trip. It’s still considered an In Person class.

  • Example: Weekend meeting, S/U, meets in the Columbia Gorge

Hybrid

Guideline:These courses will have some in-person direct instruction and/or testing component, but less than the typical in-person seat time required to meet the academic credit model for the In Person course delivery method.

  • Example:Weekly meetings, Tues - in person, Thur - remote meeting or alternative direct instruction
  • Example:Meets once for Orientation, once for mid-term, once for the final exam, all other direct instruction and academic activities work done remotely

Guideline:The alternative direct instruction should be equivalent in time to the amount of in-person seat time being replaced (e.g. one hour of in-person seat time replaced by one hour of direct instruction or two hours of laboratory, studio, or activity work).

Guideline: Certain types of experiential learning classes that include a mix of online meetings with faculty, but in-person learning with community partners may be labeled hybrid.

  • Example: Student-teaching, field placement, or internships where the experiential learning takes place in person with a community partner, and check-ins with faculty are done through digital communication (via Canvas or online meetings).
  • Example: Capstone courses or other community-based learning where individuals or the entire class meets with a community partner in person, and check-ins with faculty are done through digital communication (via Canvas or online meetings).

Online - No Scheduled Meetings

Guideline:A class that is intentionally designed for complete asynchronous learning and digital interaction. Although small groups could meet virtually as a part of an assignment or activity, no synchronous full-class sessions are required.

  • Example:A course where all content, activities, interactions, and assessments are accessed digitally. Any scheduled/synchronous meetings are optional (e.g. exam review sessions, instructor office hours, etc.)

Online - Scheduled Meetings

This course delivery method is only available for graduate classes and undergraduate classes with programmatic approval of the Dean and Provost.

Guideline:These courses will be offered through virtual or digital platforms and include one or more specific course meeting times, which all registered students are expected to attend virtually.

  • Example: A course where instruction is delivered on T/R at a set time via Zoom
  • Example: A course that has a synchronous orientation, exam, or presentation session

By-Arrangement

Guideline:Students and instructors may arrange for academic credit to explore individualized topics or learning experiences. The resulting By-Arrangement courses are omnibus-numbered (e.g., 401-410, 501-510, or 601-610) and students work with their instructor to select the appropriate course number and credit amount. By-Arrangement courses require student, instructor, and departmental approval.

  • Example: A student and instructor discuss setting up a Reading and Conference course where the student will earn 2 credits. All expectations are coordinated directly between student and instructor or academic department.

Department Arranged

Guideline:Courses created to be published in the Schedule of Classes that are typically By-Arrangement credit, but have a published CRN allow for multiple students to register in the same section. This is used primarily for Dissertation, Thesis, Internship, or, sometimes, Project credits, but can also be used for discrete numbered courses such as field placement or student teaching.

  • Example:Every student in a program is required to sign up for a 4 credit Thesis in their senior year. There really is no course meeting, every thesis is arranged between thesis advisor and student.
  • Example:Every student in a graduate program must register for an internship their 3rd quarter, you publish a 2-credit 504, a 3-credit 504 and a 4-credit 504 so you do not have to create fifty individual By-Arrangement credits.