Hybrid and Distance Learning  

Course Delivery Methods

Courses may be delivered in a variety of modalities, from a traditional classroom setting (also referred to as face-to-face) to a fully online format, with any combination in-between. The choice of delivery method is the purview of the college and department administration in collaboration with the faculty.

The purpose of this webpage is to define Distance Learning and Hybrid courses and to provide guidelines that assist faculty and course schedulers in properly identifying and coding course delivery method.


Instructors may visit CIRT's Best Practices: Course Delivery for information about planning activities and contact time for various instructional modalities.

 

Definitions: Hybrid/Blended and Distance Learning

The following definitions were adopted by the UNF Faculty Association in 2010 to codify the terms “Distance Learning” and “Hybrid/Blended” when referring to course delivery methods.

A Distance Learning Course is a course in which at least 80 percent of the direct instruction of the course is delivered using some form of technology when the student and instructor are separated by time or space, or both.1

A Hybrid/Blended Course is a course in which at least 50 percent and not more than 79 percent of the direct instruction of the course is delivered using some form of technology when the student and instructor are separated by time or space, or both.2  

Scheduling: Credit Hours and Contact Minutes  

The definition of the credit hour for a traditional course is articulated in Academic Affairs policy 2.0810P.


For the purposes of course scheduling, a credit hour is represented in terms of contact minutes or contact hours, and direct instruction is operationalized as scheduled classroom contact. 

 

The  amount of traditional (face-to-face) scheduled classroom contact determines the appropriate course delivery method designation and how courses should be coded in the course schedule.

 

This table can be used to assist faculty and course schedulers in determining the appropriate delivery method designation in the course .

 


Identifying Course Delivery Method

by Scheduled Classroom Contact Hours

Number of
Credit Hours

Distance Learning

< 20%

Hybrid/Blended

20% - 50%

Traditional

>50% 

1 credit hour

750 mins

(12.5 hours)


< 3 hours


3 - 7 hours


> 7 hours

2 credit hours

1500 mins

(25 hours)


< 5 hours


5 - 13 hours


> 13 hours

3  credit hours

2250 mins

(37.5 hours)


<8 hours


8 - 20  hours


> 20 hours

4 credit hours

3000 mins

(50 hours)


<11 hours


11 - 27 hours


> 27 hours



 

 Notes 

1 The definition of Distance Learning Course is taken verbatim from paragraph (a) of subsection (17) of section 1009.24, Florida Statutes (2009), as proposed by the Florida Distance Learning Task Force in its Final Report of February 26, 2009.

2 The definition of Hybrid/Blended Course is taken verbatim from the Florida Distance Learning Task Force’s Final Report of February 26, 2009.