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Overview of Delivery Modes

The Mount offers courses using a variety of course delivery modes. Online resources enhance the different delivery modes to make learning accessible to everyone. Below are general descriptions of delivery modes. 

Contact your instructor or the department offering the course for more information about how your course will be offered using this mode of delivery.

A face-to-face course is delivered in a physical location on or off campus. The instructor and students meet in person, as a group, at an assigned time and location. Technology in face-to-face courses can be actively used or hardly used at all. Face-to-face learning supports social connections and facilitates immediate feedback from instructors to guide student learning.

Contact your instructor or the department offering the course for more information about how your course will be offered using this mode of delivery.

A blended course is delivered partially face-to-face and partially online. The instructor and students meet in person, as a group, at a reduced number of assigned times and locations. These face-to-face meetings are supported by online interactions, which may or may not be in real-time. Blended learning expands access to the course, while also creating opportunities for immediate feedback from instructors to guide student learning.

Contact your instructor or the department offering the course for more information about how your course will be offered using this mode of delivery.

Multi-Access Overview

A multi-access course is delivered simultaneously online and on-campus. The instructor and on-campus students meet regularly, as a group, at assigned times and in an assigned location. If the course is synchronous online, then the online students join the classroom using virtual meeting software, which allows all students to have an opportunity to take part in real-time interactions. If the course is asynchronous online, then the online students watch recorded lectures on their own time. Contact your instructor or the department offering the course for more information about how your course will be offered using this mode of delivery.

Multi-Access On Campus

Students in a multi-access on campus section attend a live class at an assigned time and in an assigned location. Their classes are recorded using virtual meeting software. They may or may not interact with online students during the in-class time.

Multi-Access Synchronous

Students in a multi-access synchronous section attend a live class virtually at an assigned time. Their classes may be recorded using virtual meeting software. They will be expected to interact with the instructor and on campus students as a part of the in-class time.

Multi-Access Asynchronous

Students in a multi-access asynchronous section are not required to attend virtual class sessions, though they are welcome to do so. These students access the live recordings after the fact, so they will not directly interact with the instructor or students during in-class time.

A synchronous course is delivered entirely online using a variety of online tools. The instructor and students are required to meet online as a group at assigned times using a virtual meeting software. Synchronous learning means students can work on their classes from wherever they are located.

Contact your instructor or the department offering the course for more information about how your course will be offered using this mode of delivery.

An asynchronous course is delivered entirely online using an array of online tools. It is a self-guided and self-paced course. Students are not required to attend any on-campus events and can choose when they watch class lectures and when they work on their learning tasks. Most of the time, asynchronous learning requires students to complete tasks according to an assigned schedule. Asynchronous learning means students can work on their classes wherever and whenever suits their situation.

Check out this video explaining asynchronous courses!

Contact your instructor or the department offering the course for more information about how your course will be offered using this mode of delivery.

A multi-mode course is delivered entirely online using an array of online tools. The instructor and students are required to meet online, as a group, at a few assigned times using a virtual meeting software. These synchronous meetings are supported by asynchronous interactions. Multi-mode learning expands access to the course while creating opportunities for immediate feedback to guide student learning. Multi-mode learning means students can work on their classes wherever and often whenever suits their schedule.

Contact your instructor or the department offering the course for more information about how your course will be offered using this mode of delivery.