The following definitions of delivery modalities are derived from the Post-Secondary Quality Assessment Board and have been enhanced through the use of evidence-based literature and practice.
Web-Facilitated (F2F) & Alternative Delivery
The use of web resources and technologies to facilitate and contribute to the learning that essentially takes place in a face to-face course through the use of tools available in a course management system. For example, an instructor may use a course site to post a course outline; supplemental course material; links to readings and other web resources; accept electronic assignments and/or facilitate self-assessments. All of these activities happen with or without a requirement to spend time in the physical classroom or environment.
The School of Contemporary Teaching & Learning (SCTL) can support faculty in preparing for alternative/web-facilitated instruction.
Blended & Mobile
Technology enabled learning experiences that are specifically designed and aligned to program and/or course learning outcomes. Modular in nature, these learning experiences are designed to span time and space and can be experienced on mobile devices including phones and tablets. Typically, these learning experiences are designed specifically to allow students to engage in competency development through increased exploration of content or practice focused on skill development.
Contact the Program Planning, Development, & Renewal (PPDR) team to learn more about the blended/mobile course development process.
In addition to the elements noted in web-facilitated delivery, hybrid delivery blends online/e-learning and face-to-face delivery in that substantial parts of the course learning experiences are accessed online. The planned and required online components equate to approximately 1/2 of the instructional time that would typically be spent in an in face to face course. Additional, optional learning opportunities may be made available through the online platform. Activities may include web-casts, chat sessions, discussions and/or team projects and activities that contribute to the learning. Technology enhanced learning experiences that are modular in nature, can be designed, planned and developed with the support of the online development team.
Contact the Program Planning, Development, & Renewal (PPDR) team to learn more about the hybrid course development process.
An Instructor-led learning experience using a variety of learning technologies to present learning resourcing, including interactive learning experiences, and facilitate competency development for an entire course. Online students are provided the opportunity to actively engage with the course learning resources and experiences, and to interact with class peers and the instructor through the effective design of learning materials and supportive learning objects/assets. Instructors build a learning community using a variety of interactive media including, but not limited to, webcasting, chat, wikis, videos, interactive storylines, simulations, and virtual reality. Throughout the term, students can expect to complete authentic online assignments/assessments and participate in specific discussions and activities. Students are not expected to attend classes on campus, but are required to complete all course assessments. Effective online teaching and learning results from careful instructional design and planning, uses a model for design and development, and is informed by pedagogically research. Online planning and development is supported by a team comprising of faculty, curriculum specialist, instructional designer, programmer and a multi-media specialist.
Contact the Program Planning, Development, & Renewal (PPDR) team to learn more about the online course development process.