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Distance Learning Definitions


The following represent definitions about online learning taken from the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN), a publication of the Sloan Consortium. Research reports that the majority of the colleges that have technology enhanced classes use the Sloan-C definitions as a basis for determining specific campus terminology.

In the following definitions, course activity refers to content and educational experiences.

Web Online (WO) - All course activity is delivered and completed online using NMJC's Learning Management System (LMS) which is currently Canvas. There are no required face-to-face sessions within the course that must take place at the home campus. However, proctored examinations may be required during the course. If a proctored examination is required, the testing site must be within close proximity of the student's location while taking the online course.

Web Hybrid (WH) - Current convention is to classify a course as web hybrid if thirty percent (30%) or more of the course activity is provided online. Web hybrid courses feature a combination of synchronous and asynchronous delivery using online technologies such as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a website to present content.

Web Enhanced (WE) - Online course activity complements class sessions without reducing the number of required class meetings. Any course tied to the traditional classroom but involving some sort of computer usage while still anchored to the normal time spent in classes would fall into this category. Traditional courses and web-enhanced courses are very similar and therefore not usually considered to be distance learning courses.

Course Definition Key:
WO - Online course (proctored exams may be required)
WH - Blended course (online and face-to-face components)
WE - Face-to-face course (online complements included)

Approved May 2011

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