The following terms have been modified from RDC’s Flexible Learning page.
Distance: A distance course takes place at a location other than a Red Deer College campus. Distance locations may include places like our confluence campus in Rocky Mountain House or community learning sites in places like Stettler or Drumheller.
Face to Face: Instruction and learning occur in person at regularly scheduled times and locations.
Online: If a course is described as “online,” it means that all class documents (outline, syllabus, assignments, grades etc) will be made available to students on the internet. In addition, all lectures (if there are any) will be conducted online in a virtual classroom. Online classes can be synchronous or asynchronous (see Timeline Terms below).
PLEASE NOTE: All online courses at RDC follow the Academic Calendar; they begin and end within a specified term.
Blended: Blended learning uses online tools to supplement traditional face-to-face learning. This may involve combining two or more delivery methods (e.g. online, web conference and/or face-to-face instruction). Here are a few variations of blended learning:
- Emporium: Replaces all or some traditional face-to-face class meetings with collaborative, activity-based work done in a shared learning space where students access the course materials.
- Flipped: Also referred to as inverted delivery, this method moves content out of the class and homework into the class so students practice their learning in an interactive classroom environment.
- Poly-Synchronous: A mix of face-to-face, asynchronous, and synchronous channels.
Asynchronous: Instruction and learning does not take place in real time but does include student and instructor collaboration and engagement. Instructor’s facilitate discussion boards, provide feedback on student’s assessments and assist students with content-related questions about course work. Learners complete lessons on their own or in collaboration with other classmates by accessing course content, materials, assignments, discussion boards, grades, etc. through Blackboard. Collaboration and interaction can be completed online and generally has no on site or face to face requirements.
Synchronous: Some or all instruction and learning takes place in real time using an online virtual classroom. Learners will access the online class at predetermined dates and times and will be greeted and guided through course content by an Instructor. Learners will access the course content, materials, assignments, discussion boards, grades, etc. through Blackboard. Collaboration and interaction are completed online and generally has no on site or face to face requirements.
Online Course Development
Are you looking to develop an online or blended course? View our Framework for Quality Online Courses process that has been created to assist faculty and their supports with quality online course development, delivery, and renewal at RDC.