Course Delivery Methods - Ways to Learn

Different ways to learn in school can be done through various methods. Here's a list to explain them:


On Campus - Traditional or Face-to-Face" means that classes are held in person at the school. Students and teachers meet in a classroom on the school's grounds, just like in a regular school setting. Everyone is in the same room, learning and talking together. It's the usual way of going to school, where you see your teachers and classmates face-to-face.

  • Traditional Format: The courses are traditional in nature.
  • 100% On-Campus: All coursework is completed on campus.
    • Austin East
    • Austin West
    • Albert Lea 
    • Owatonna 
  • Classroom-Based Work: Every aspect of the course is conducted in a classroom setting.

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Online Classes

"Completely Online" means that all your school work is done on the internet. You don't go to a regular school building for classes. Instead, you use a computer or tablet to watch lessons, do assignments, and maybe even talk to your teacher and classmates through the internet. It's like having school at home or wherever you have an internet connection.

  • 100% Online Instruction: All aspects, including tests, are conducted online with no in-person meetings.
  • Asynchronous Learning: Classwork can be done at your own time but must adhere to class syllabi and assignment due dates.
  • Synchronous Learning: Classes occur at specific, scheduled times, similar to traditional school hours.

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"Blended/Hybrid" is a mix of learning in a classroom and learning online. Sometimes, you go to school and have classes with your teacher and classmates in person. Other times, you do your work online at home or somewhere else. It's like combining traditional school with online school to give you different ways of learning.

  • General Term for Mixed Courses: Courses with 25%-75% online content and an in-person component.
  • Varied Percentage and Components: Each course has different levels of online and in-person engagement.
  • Attendance and Dates: Specific attendance requirements and dates vary for each course.
  • Details in e-Services: Full details of each course are available in e-Services.
  • Example Structure: For instance, a course may have all coursework online with bi-weekly in-person lab sessions.
  • Contact for Specifics: For questions about particular courses, contact your academic advisor.

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HyFlex is a way of having classes where you can choose how you want to learn. You can be in the classroom with your teacher and other students, or you can join the same class online from somewhere else, like your home. Sometimes, you can even decide to watch the class later when it's recorded. It's flexible, so you can pick the way that works best for you on different days.

  • On-Campus Flex Classes: Classes are conducted on campus.
  • Classroom-Based: Held in classrooms equipped with necessary facilities.
  • Video Technology: Utilizes technology to connect students via video. (Zoom or Teams)
  • Flexibility for Students and Faculty: Allows for adaptability and adjustments in teaching and learning methods.

Tri-Modal Courses: Choose Your Way to Learn

  1. In-Person: Come to the classroom and learn face-to-face.
  2. Live Online: Join the class in real-time from anywhere using Zoom. Make sure you have:
    • Internet connection
    • Microphone
    • Camera
  3. Fully Online: Complete the course at your own pace, entirely online.

Bi-Modal Courses: Two Ways to Join

  1. In-Person: Attend the class directly in the classroom.
  2. Remote via Zoom: Join the class from anywhere. You'll need:
    • Internet connection
    • Microphone
    • Camera

How do I find Bi-Modal & Tri-Modal Courses? 

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"Mostly Online" means that you do most of your schoolwork on the internet. You'll have classes, watch videos, and do assignments using a computer or tablet. But sometimes, maybe for special projects or meetings, you might go to school and see your teacher and classmates in person. So, it's a lot like online school, but with a few times when you're actually in the classroom.

  • 75% Online Instruction: The majority of the course is conducted online.
  • In-Person Meetings: Up to two possible in-person meetings are part of the course.
  • Proctored Exams: There may be up to four required proctored exams, separate from the in-person meetings.
  • Course Structure: The course might include online synchronous components, where students need to participate online at set times.


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Completely Online - Asynchronous:   means that all the class work is done on the internet, and you don't have to be online at the same time as your teacher or classmates. You can do your lessons, watch videos, and complete assignments whenever it's best for you, instead of having to log in at a specific time for a live class. This way, you can learn at your own pace and on your own schedule.

  • 100% Online Instruction: All aspects, including tests, are conducted online with no in-person meetings.
  • Asynchronous Learning: Classwork can be done at your own time but must adhere to class syllabi and assignment due dates.
  • No In-Person Meetings: All learning and assessments are done remotely.
  • Adherence to Syllabi and Due Dates: While flexible, coursework must align with the class syllabus and respect assignment deadlines.
  • Instructor Availability: Instructors are accessible for one-on-one interaction through various methods:
    • Email
    • Phone
    • Open online and in-person office hours
    • Zoom/Teleconference
    • Other communication methods as available.


Completely Online: Synchronous:  means that all your classes happen on the internet, but at specific times, just like regular school hours. You log in to a website to join live video classes, where you see your teacher and classmates on your screen, and everyone is learning at the same time. You can talk and participate just like in a normal classroom, but you do it all through your computer or tablet from wherever you are.

  • Completely Online: All classes and activities take place over the internet.
  • Synchronous Learning: Classes occur at specific, scheduled times, similar to traditional school hours.
  • Live Video Classes: Students log in to a website to join live classes via video. (Zoom or Teams)
  • Teacher and Classmate Interaction: The live format allows seeing and interacting with the teacher and classmates in real-time.
  • Participation: Students can talk and participate as they would in a physical classroom, but through digital means.
  • Remote Learning: All learning activities are done through a computer or tablet from any location.


"Synchronous" means that something is happening at the same time. For example, if you're learning in a synchronous class, it means you and your classmates are all doing the class together at the same time, just like a regular school class. You might be on your computer at home, and your teacher and friends are on their computers too, but everyone is watching, listening, and learning at the same time. You can ask questions, do activities, and talk with everyone just like in a normal class, but it's all happening live over the internet.

  • Online Course Delivery Mode: Refers to a specific way of conducting online courses.
  • Simultaneous Participation: All participants are "present" at the same time during the course.
  • Requires Timetable: A schedule or timetable needs to be organized to facilitate this mode of delivery.


"Asynchronous" is a way of learning where you don't have to be online at the same time as everyone else in your class. Imagine you have a video of your teacher giving a lesson. In an asynchronous class, you can watch that video whenever you want, maybe in the afternoon or even at night, whenever it works for you. You do your schoolwork on your own time, not at a set time like a regular school day. You can still ask your teacher questions or talk to your classmates, but it's usually done by sending messages or emails, not talking in real time.

  • Asynchronous Learning Mode: A specific approach to online course delivery.
  • Flexible Access to Course Materials: Participants can access course materials at a time that suits them.
  • Individual Scheduling: Learning and studying are done according to each participant's own schedule.
  • Defined Start and End Dates: Despite the flexible schedule, the course has specific start and end dates that are set in advance.