Teaching Modalities & Technology Mapping

Last Updated: 06/26/2020

There are many new complexities to teaching and learning this fall, driven by social-distancing mitigation. One new complexity is determining what teaching modes to use. The AY 2020-21 Academic Instruction Implementation Team guidance document describes five teaching modalities (abbreviations in parentheses):

  • In-person (P)
  • Remote (R)
  • Online (OL)
  • Hybrid In-person/Online and/or Remote (HY)
  • Hybrid Remote/Online (HR)

Use this page as a guide as you plan for the upcoming semester. The Teaching Modality Table provides further information and key technologies for each modality.

Teaching Modality Table

Teaching Modality Description Objective Content Delivery Tools

In-person (P): 
Exclusively in person, typically on campus

Observing physical-distancing requirements, classes are delivered entirely or almost entirely in person. After Thanksgiving, all in-person courses and final exams will be conducted remotely or online. To maintain continuity and community during COVID-19 and to offer courses that require the use of campus facilities (studios, labs, etc.) Synchronous
  • Canvas
  • CUClickers
  • Classroom Capture
  • Technology equipped classrooms
Remote (R):
Remote course content will be delivered synchronously, at scheduled days and times, in any of the following ways: Zoom, lecture capture, or Canvas
Online synchronous delivery of course content during scheduled days and times. To use “fully remote teaching solutions for instruction or education that would otherwise be delivered face-to-face or as blended or hybrid courses” (EDUCAUSE 2020) Synchronous, with required virtual class meetings
 
  • Canvas
  • Classroom Capture
  • Personal Capture
  • Proctorio
  • Zoom
Online (OL): 
Taught in an online delivery mode and delivered asynchronously, which means students can complete the coursework throughout the week when it is convenient for them. There are no scheduled class meetings.
All teaching and learning takes place online asynchronously To eliminate geography and time as factors in the relationship between the student, instructor, and the institution (OLC 2015).

Fully asynchronous

Designed specifically for web-based delivery and interaction, without requiring access to campus or participation in scheduled activities

  • Canvas
  • Classroom capture
  • Kaltura Capture
  • Personal Capture
  • Proctorio
  • Zoom
Hybrid In-person/Online and/or Remote (HY):
Taught using a combination of in-person (same meeting pattern(s) for all enrolled students) and online, remote or a combination of instruction modes.

A combination of in-person and asynchronous modalities are implemented to best fit the purpose of the teaching and learning activity. 

Approximately 50% of course is conducted in-person.

To replace a significant percentage of face-to-face instruction with online activities (OLC 2015).

A combination of synchronous and asynchronous

Courses follow a set schedule, with required on-campus meetings

  • Canvas
  • Classroom capture
  • Kaltura Capture
  • Personal Capture
  • Proctorio
  • Technology Equipped Classrooms
  • Zoom
Hybrid Remote/Online (HR):
Taught using a combination of online and remote instruction modes. This means that while some coursework may be completed online at a student's own pace (asynchronously), the class will also meet remotely at designated days/times each week.

A combination of  remote synchronous and asynchronous modalities are implemented to best fit the purpose of the teaching and learning activity. 

Approximately 50% of course is conducted synchronously.
 

To replace all face-to-face instruction with a combination of remote (synchronous) instruction and online (asynchronous) activities

A combination of synchronous and asynchronous

Courses follow a set schedule, with required virtual class  meetings

  • Canvas
  • Classroom capture
  • Kaltura Capture
  • Personal Capture
  • Proctorio
  • Zoom

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