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Students - Navigating Online & Hybrid Courses

Synchronous: Where the instructor is present at the same time as the learners.
Asynchronous: Instruction does not occur at the same place or at the same time.

In-person or Face to Face: Student receives instruction in a space located on-campus. The instructor and student interact in the same physical space 76% to 100% of the scheduled class time.

Hybrid - Consist of two of the three instructional modalities: In-person (assigned a classroom to teach on campus) or Online Hybrid Synchronous and a portion of the class is taught online asynchronously.

Hybrid – In person scheduled class time may vary
Student receives instruction in a space located on-campus. The instructor and student interact in the same physical space at a minimum of 2% - 75% of the scheduled class time

Combined with either:

Online Hybrid Asynchronous
For formal instruction, the instructor and learner share the same physical space (In-person class) Electronic delivery is used for the balance of instruction. During electronic interaction, the instructor and learner interact mostly at different times (e.g. recorded lectures, quizzes, discussion board or podcast). Combined with virtual office hours

OR

Online Hybrid Synchronous
For formal instruction, the instructor and learner share the same physical space (In-person class)  . Electronic delivery is used for the balance of instruction. During electronic interaction, the instructor and learner interact mostly at the same time (e.g. video conference with Zoom live session).

100% Online
Apart from a face-to face orientation or class meeting (on-campus), the instructor and student do not share the same physical space during the scheduled class time.  This instructional modality can be synchronous or asynchronous.

Flipped Classroom
The Flipped Learning Network (FLN) describes flipping as moving “direct instruction” from the “group space” to the “individual space”, freeing up group time for interactive learning with the educator acting as a guide.
The goal of flipping is to maximize the utility of face-to-face time between the teacher and the learner. So while the ‘classic’ definition of flipping is to have students watch video lectures at home and do homework in class, this technique is not always the straightforward choice for all situations.”
https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/karlcox/2015/10/08/flipping-classrooms-an-introduction-with-video-guide/

After Thanksgiving Break 2020, all instruction will be delivered online.

Additional Computer Requirements for Online Courses

All incoming and current students will need to have a functional camera, microphone, and speaker. For additional information visit our Videoconferencing Equipment Guide.

Reliable Internet will also be vital when taking online courses. Please visit Home Internet Tips for further information.

Visit the College of Engineering's Incoming Student Computer Requirement page for a list of all current hardware requirements.

Getting Started

If you need help navigating your online courses, please visit Tips for students navigating online classes. There are other great resources for students. You can visit Academic Success in a Virtual World for resources on how to stay connected, or visit the Student Respondus Guide for information on how to download and test Respondus LockDown Browser.

Computer Support

As Engineering students, you have access to free computer support through the SWAT (Software Assistance and Triage) office

Further Assistance

If you have any other questions regarding how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting your courses, finances, and scheduling, please visit the Student FAQ website. Or you can contact us at vteo@vt.edu