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Instructional Mode Definitions

UMKC has a variety of online courses. They are: (1) Instructor-Led Online Asynchronous, (2) Online Synchronous, (3) Blended, (4) Online-Campus, and (5) Video. Here are the definitions that the University Registrar has established for the different types of instruction.

Online Asynchronous (OA)

Teaching and learning activities occur online through the use of a variety of eLearning technologies and resources. The course has no required real-time (synchronous) interactions between instructor and students. The course is characterized by regular and substantive asynchronous online interactions between course instructor and course participants. There are defined deadlines for completion of assignments and other course related activities.

Online Synchronous (OS)

Teaching and learning activities occur online through the use of a variety of eLearning technologies and resources. The course has required real-time (synchronous) interactions between instructor and students, usually through the use of online conferencing tools. The course is characterized by regular and substantive online interactions between course instructor and course participants which occur both synchronously and asynchronously. There are defined deadlines for completion of assignments and other course related activities.

Online-Campus (OC)

Participants of an OC course meet between one and four times on-campus. The remainder of the course occurs online through activities and interactions using a variety of eLearning technologies and resources. These activities can occur in real-time (synchronously) or asynchronously. There are defined deadlines for completion of assignments and other course related activities.

Blended (B)

Participants of a B course meet five or more times on-campus. The remainder of the course occurs online learning through activities and interactions using a variety of eLearning technologies and resources. These activities can occur in real-time (synchronously) or asynchronously. There are defined deadlines for completion of assignments and other course related activities.

Video (VI)

The class meets via interactive video conference on a regular schedule for the required 750 minutes per credit hour time period. The class generally meets at on off sight location or students may have the option of attending the class by logging in through a LMS system.