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.
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
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
20% - 50%
1 credit hour
< 3 hours
3 - 7 hours
> 7 hours
2 credit hours
< 5 hours
5 - 13 hours
> 13 hours
3 credit hours
8 - 20 hours
> 20 hours
4 credit hours
11 - 27 hours
> 27 hours
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.
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