Distance Education Course Definitions

Online Courses:

An Online course is offered 100% online. Students cannot be required to meet face-to-face for office hours, orientations, homework, exams, distribution of resource materials, or any other course component. An online course shall utilize features of the Learning Management System (LMS), Canvas, such as Course Documents, Discussion Boards, Virtual Classrooms, Groups, Assignments, External Links, Digital Drop Boxes and Grade Books, Asynchronous and/or Synchronous** learning, etc. All course instructions, materials, assignments, and discussions are posted and completed online. Online courses require for both the student and instructor the same amount of coursework and hours outside of the classroom as traditional courses. Online courses are noted as such in the schedule of classes.

Hybrid Courses:

A Hybrid course is offered 1%-99% online with online content and/or activities. Teaching is a combination of face-to-face meetings and online activities. A Hybrid course can utilize features of the Learning Management System (LMS), Canvas, such as Course Documents, Discussion Boards, Virtual Classrooms, Groups, Assignments, External Links, Digital Drop Boxes and Grade Books, Asynchronous and/or Synchronous** learning, etc. The course can be offered during regularly scheduled class times or with online components that replace some of the regularly scheduled class meetings. The instructor will give face-to-face orientation and in-class exams as stated in his or her syllabus. Hybrid courses are noted as such in the schedule of classes.

**Synchronous refers to a learning environment in which everyone takes part at the same time. Asynchronous refers to a learning environment in which everyone does not take part at the same time.

Proctored Online Courses (POC):

Assignments and examinations in a Proctored Online Course will be submitted in an asynchronous manner, but you will be required to take tests at a proctoring facility. Your instructor will provide proctoring accommodations at GCC. Off-site proctoring services could be available at the discretion of the instructor.