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Course Methods and Modalities

The following information applies to Fall 2022 courses:

Onsite:  This is the traditional face-to-face class that meets at regularly scheduled times.

Online: This is the more traditional online class that is entirely online with no scheduled meeting times.

OnlineLIVE: Attend the class remotely using a videoconferencing software like Zoom during the regularly scheduled class times.

Hybrid: (Instructor choice) Participate during scheduled meeting times in a combination of Onsite and OnlineLIVE or Onsite and Online formats.  Refer to the class schedule for information about scheduled class meetings times and any hours to be completed online if applicable. 

Flexible Hybrid: (Student choice) Participate during scheduled meeting times in a combination of Onsite and OnlineLIVE or Onsite and Online formats. Refer to the class schedule for information about scheduled class meetings times and any hours to be completed online if applicable. Students choose whether they attend scheduled meeting times onsite in person or online via Zoom.

You can connect with a computer, tablet, or phone using Zoom software (downloaded and installed on your device), either from home or on the college campus. If you are on campus, you may participate from designated computer stations in the library or the Academic Resource Center. If you want to check out a laptop, go to the library.

If you have any questions about a refund as a result of withdrawing or dropping courses, please contact the Admissions and Records Office.

OnlineLIVE classes are online courses taught live, using Zoom or similar technologies, on a course’s scheduled days and times. This format was previously referred to as “Remote-ERT,” “synchronous online,” or “live online.”  In the current course schedule, a class in this format shows up as “ONLINE-LIVE ” and is indicated with an “[L].”

This is a mix of face-to-face and Online or OnlineLIVE formats.

This is what you think of as a traditional on-campus course, taught on the scheduled days and times in a classroom or lab.

DL stands for “Distance Learning,” also sometimes called “Distance Education” (DE). At Hancock, it has been used to describe traditional online courses, taught entirely online with no scheduled class times. On the current course schedule, a class in this format shows up as “ONLINE.”

Zoom is a software program used for videoconferencing, and it is widely used at Hancock. It can be used on computers, phones, and tablets by downloading and installing the free software directly from Zoom: https://zoom.us/download. Zoom software works best when your device has a camera and a microphone.

Synchronous means “occurring at the same time,” and “synchronous online” is often used to describe an online teaching format where teaching is done live through remote technology, like Zoom. It means all students and the professor are in the virtual classroom at the same time, a format we have called “ERT” or “live online.” Synchronous is the opposite of “asynchronous.”

Asynchronous means “not occurring at the same time,” and “asynchronous online” is often used to describe traditional online courses taught entirely online with no scheduled class times. This kind of course format shows up in the current course schedule as “ONLINE.” Asynchronous is the opposite of “synchronous.”