Course Formats

Online, hybrid, flipped, and web-enhanced course formats

You’ve likely been in discussions, or read the headlines, about the wave of online courses and education.  What does it all mean?  We offer some basic definitions to help provide context for the KU environment.
Online courses
Online courses are delivered 100% online, providing opportunities for students both at KU and at a distance to take courses from wherever they are.  Online courses today are far beyond simply capturing lectures for delivery later.  Online courses provide unique opportunities for student to instructor and student-to-student interaction as well as supervised exams and other assessment measures.

Hybrid courses
A hybrid course integrates the benefits of face-to-face instructions with the flexibility of online learning to create a high-quality educational experience.  Students meet less often but prepare and interact online prior to face-to-face sessions that are highly interactive and applied. This new format provides active learning for all types of students and typically 50% or more of the content, materials or assessments are online. Hybrid courses are listed as HB in Enroll & Pay.

Flipped courses
Flipped courses reorganize activities where lecture components, online learning modules, and other preparation and mastery materials are completed outside of the classroom. During class students participate in more active learning and small group activities under the guidance of faculty. Flipping the classroom is a blend of face-to-face and online components that help students prepare and engage in new and innovative ways.

Web-enhanced courses
Many face-to-face courses have a presence in KU’s learning management system, Blackboard.  Any web accessible materials (syllabus, readings, discussion questions, quizzes, etc.) that add to the face-to-face class experience are wonderful ways to web-enhance your course for students.

The KU Center for Online and Distance Learning supports faculty in developing any level of online or hybrid course.  Please contact us if you have needs or ideas about improving teaching and learning with innovative ideas online.

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