With the widespread availability of Internet-based tools for teaching and learning, mode of instruction is no longer restricted to face-to-face. The use of Internet-based tools can be an engaging and rewarding experience for both instructors and students, and sometimes even permits activities and collaboration not possible in more traditional modes. But teaching online requires instructors to re-think the way they organize their courses and the way they impart instruction and orchestrate assignments.
CUNY-wide official designations for Mode of Instruction are as follows:
- In Person: No course assignments and no required activities are delivered online.
- Web-enhanced: No scheduled class meetings are replaced, but some of the course content and assignments, as well as required or optional activities, are online.
- Partially online: Up to 32% of scheduled class meetings are replaced with online activities or virtual meetings.
- Hybrid (blended): Between 33% and 80% of the scheduled class meetings are replaced with online activities or virtual meetings.
- Online: More than 80% but less than 100% of scheduled class meetings are replaced with online activities or virtual meetings.
- Fully online: 100% of scheduled class meetings are replaced with online activities or virtual meetings. All of the class work, including exams, is online.
If you don’t know how your class should be designated, check our Mode of Instruction decision tree.
Background for this Initiative at QC
We have received two grants from the CUNY Office of Academic Affairs to develop a program that aims to expand the number of courses taught as hybrids at Queens College, and to provide sustained support for faculty who teach online.
Through a third grant (awarded to us in spring 2016, also by the CUNY Office of Academic Affairs), we worked with six departments at Queens College to expand online and hybrid offerings at the program level.
Our broad goals for this project include:
- institutionalizing and extending an existing set of recommendations for teaching online;
- understanding current trends in teaching online;
- bridging the gap between student and faculty perceptions of the role of instructional technology;
- disseminating what we learn from implementing this program, within Queens, within CUNY, and beyond;
- developing approaches for assessing outcomes for student learning, faculty development, and institutional efficiency.
If you’re considering teaching a hybrid or fully online course, training and support is available through the Center for Teaching & Learning. Please contact us for more information.
- We offer hybrid bootcamps approximately once a year: these are week-long training sessions where faculty work on re-designing a course so it replaces a substantial amount of face-to-face instruction with online activities or virtual meetings.
- We routinely provide one-on-one support on re-designing a full course or designing or implementing specific aspects of an online environment.
- We are available to provide customized workshops to an entire department or part of a department: please reach out us to discuss your needs.