distance-learning

Flexible Learning Definitions

Broad Definition:

Flexible Learning is a broad term for education formats offering increased schedule convenience and personalization, allowing learners to make choices about where, when, and how learning occurs.  It includes online, hybrid, accelerated/evening adult, and FlexChoice. Flexible courses are demanding; students must manage time well and be self motivated to be successful.

Course Definitions:

Accelerated, evening adult courses reduce in person classroom time while maintaining course integrity and rigor.  For example, a typical 3 credit course meets for 4 hours, once a week, for 6 weeks.  Because of the reduced classroom time, students are expected to complete a wide variety of activities and work on their own time outside of class.  Accelerated courses are demanding; students must manage time well and be self motivated to be successful.  For more information, please see the Accelerated Learning FAQ's or register to attend an Information Session.

Hybrid courses at Madison College combine the best of traditional face-to-face teaching with innovative online learning methods. Students will be expected to attend scheduled face-to-face class sessions, but the number and/or length of the classroom time will vary depending on the nature of the course and the instructor. As little as 1/3 or as much as 3/4 of the traditional classroom instruction will be replaced with the online instructional methods. The online instruction component will promote student engagement through enhanced interaction with course material.  For more information, please see the Hybrid Learning page.

Online courses deliver education using the Internet for self-motivated students who wish to learn in their own environments, rather than on campus, using a computer to connect with the instructor and other course participants.  Although these classes have a specific schedule, and have specific start and end dates, they do not require participants to meet on campus.  They may require supervised or proctored exams, labs, and activities, depending on the subject matter and instructor’s design.  Online courses are demanding; students must manage time well and be self motivated to be successful.  For more information, please see the Online Learning FAQ's

FlexChoice courses are designed for individuals who need flexibility in completing their coursework by allowing the student to alternate between fully classroom-based, fully online instruction, or a combination of classroom and online as needed.  Each class meeting, an individual may choose whether to come to campus during the scheduled class time or to complete activities and assignments online at another time. They may require supervised or proctored exams, labs or other activities, depending on the subject matter.  

 

School of Online and Accelerated Learning
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