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Distance Learning and VA Benefits

Students wishing to maximize their VA education benefits will want to consider the following information during registration. Questions can be directed to a VA Certifying Official at (904) 620-5131 or mvrc@unf.edu.

VA Education Benefits and Course Delivery Methods

UNF 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 many combinations in-between. The choice of delivery method is the purview of the college and department administration in collaboration with the faculty.

 

Students using Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, the Fry Scholarship or Vocational Rehabilitation benefits must maintain at least one credit hour “in-residence” to avoid the reduced, online only rate for Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA).

 

Examples of in-residence campus modalities include but are not limited to: MC, PO, HYB.

 

The following are considered distance learning modalities and must be submitted to the VA as such: DL, OL, BF.

 

The delivery method (course modalities) can be found in the registration window by clicking into the course for further information. A course listed with the DL campus code may have a course modality of PO (primarily online) and thus be eligible for in-residence training.

Definitions: Hybrid and Distance Learning

This information is taken from the UNF Online website. Additional information is available via that page.

 

In a Fully Distance Learning course, 100% of the direct instruction of the course is delivered using some form of technology when the student and instructor are separated by time, space, or both. All special course components (exams, internships, practica, clinicals, labs, etc.) that cannot be completed online can be completed off-campus.

 

In a Primarily Distance Learning course, 80-99% of the direct instruction of the course is delivered using some form of technology when the student and instructor are separated by time, space, or both. There is a requirement for the student to attend campus or another explicit geographic location for a portion of the course.

 

In a Hybrid* course, 50-79% of the direct instruction of the course is delivered using some form of technology when the student and instructor are separated by time, space, or both. There is a requirement for the student to attend campus or another explicit geographic location for a portion of the course.

 

Blendflex is a variation of Distance Learning. In this emerging course delivery method, students select their attendance modality on a class to class basis. Students can choose to attend class sessions in the classroom or online, either synchronously or asynchronously. Classes in Blendflex mode provide students with the flexibility and convenience of attendance that best meets their needs during any given point within an academic term. Blendflex courses require extensive Telepresence and Learning Management System (LMS) support, and are categorized as Primarily Distance Learning and assessed the Distance Learning Fee.