Instruction Modes

NAU categorizes classes using one of three Instruction Modes.  All class Sections should be appropriately identified using the definitions below.  Instruction modes provide critical information to students by setting expectations for their learning experiences.  Accurate use of Instruction Modes also ensures NAU's ability to reliably report on methods of class delivery.  These definitions are to be used in conjunction with the companion document entitled "Instructions for Using Instruction Modes in the Schedule of Classes".

In Person classes provide a face-to-face learning experience.  In Person classes meet at a regularly scheduled time.

Blended classes meet at a regularly scheduled time but twenty-five percent or more of the conventional class time is replaced with out-of-class activities, which may include use of technology.  Meeting patterns for in-class time will be specified on the meetings page in the schedule of classes.

Online classes are delivered via the Internet.  Online classes that have synchronous (real time) components will have those specified on the meetings page in the schedule of classes.

 

Instructions for Using Instruction Modes in the Schedule of Classes

The department chair, in consultation with the faculty member, determines class modes of delivery in the schedule of classes.  This information is then entered into the schedule of classes for each class that is created.

In Person includes all face-to-face classes as well as independent studies, internships, practicums, fieldwork experience and emporiums (unless the class is delivered as a part of an exclusively online degree program, in which case the class instruction mode will be Online).

Class Notes Requirements:

  • Emporium classes must use the Emporium standard note on the notes page in the schedule of classes.  See Standard Notes*.

Blended classes meet at a regularly scheduled time but twenty-five percent or more of the conventional class time is replaced with out-of-class activities, which may include use of technology.

Meeting Pattern Requirements:

  • Meeting patterns for in-class times - or times the class convenes as a group - must be included in the schedule of classes.
  • Meeting patterns (facilities/times/days) should not be set up for online or other out-of-class activities completed by students on their own time. Student expectations should be communicated in the class or syllabus and/or in free format class notes, as necessary.  Please contact the Scheduled of Classes Coordinator with any questions.

Class Notes Requirements:

  • A Blended standard note is required for every Blended class.  See Standard Notes*.
  • An Online/Blended - International Student note must be added to each Blended class.  See Standard Notes*.

Online classes are delivered via the Internet.  They may include synchronous (real time) content, which may be completed at a specific time, for example, in person meetings, proctored exams and/or simultaneous online discussions, etc.

Meeting Pattern Requirements:

  • Online classes requiring real time or in person meetings must include these meeting times in the schedule of classes.  An appropriate facility ID (Online Synchronous Meeting or other physical location), time and day should be selected.

Class Notes Requirements:

  • An Online/Blended - International Student note must be added to each Online class.  See Standard Notes*.
  • Online classes requiring real time or in person meetings must be marked with the Online Synchronous standard note.  See Standard Notes*.

*Standard Notes for Instruction Mode in the Schedule of Classes

Emporium: Emporium classes require students to spend time on-task in a lab setting with in-person, instructor assistance available.  The number of hours to be spent in the lab is provided in the class syllabus but there is no fixed time for attendance.

Blended: Blended classes meet at a regularly scheduled time but a portion of the conventional class time is replaced with out-of-class activities, which may include use of technology.  The class syllabus will provide details.

Online Synchronous: This online class includes real-time interactions or synchronous content, which must be completed at a specific time.  Students will be required to attend a presentation, participate in a proctored exam, log into a class and participate in a discussion or an assignment at the same time, or simultaneously watch a video or listen to a lecture.  The class syllabus will provide details.

Online/Blended - International Student: This is an online or blended class.  International students are limited by U.S. regulations as to how many online units may count toward full-time enrollment.  Some international students are limited as to how many online and blended units are eligible for financial funding.  Every international student is personally responsible for monitoring their eligibility to enroll in online or blended classes.