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Instructional Delivery Methods

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Online Program Delivery

Online programs are delivered in a variety of modalities, from completely online to blended formats that include a mixture of in-person and online experiences. UNF has adopted program delivery definitions from the State University System (SUS) of Florida’s 2025 SUS Strategic Plan for Online Education.

Fully Online Program

100% of the direct instruction of the program is available using some form of technology when the student and instructor are separated by time, space, or both. All program requirements that cannot be completed online can be completed off-campus.

Primarily Online Program

80 - 99% of the direct instruction of the program is available 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 program.

Hybrid Program

50 - 79% of the direct instruction of the program is available 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 program.


Online Course Delivery

Definitions: Hybrid and Distance Learning

In a Fully Online 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 Online 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 by 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.


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

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 in-person scheduled classroom contact determines the appropriate course delivery method designation and how courses are coded in the course schedule.

This table can be used to assist faculty and course schedulers in determining the appropriate delivery method designation of a course. The table applies to lecture, discussion, and seminar classes, but not to lab classes.

Course Delivery Method by Scheduled Contact Hours


Credit Hours
Contact Minutes and Hours
Instructional Method Campus Code 1 credit hour
750 mins
(12.5 hours)
2 credit hours
1500 mins
(25 hours)
3 credit hours
2250 mins
(37.5 hours)
4 credit hours
3000 mins
(50 hours)
SCHEDULED IN-PERSON MEETINGS
Standard (S) Main Campus (MC) > 7 hrs > 13 hrs > 20 hrs > 26 hrs
Hybrid (M)
20% - 50% required in-person meetings
Hybrid (HYB) 3 - 7 hrs 5 - 13 hrs 8 - 20 hrs 11 - 26 hrs
Primarily Online (OL)
< 20% required in-person meetings
Distance Learning (DL) < 3 hrs < 5 hrs < 8 hrs < 11 hrs
Fully Online (OL) Distance Learning (DL)
or Online (OL)
none
SCHEDULED ONLINE MEETINGS
Live Online (LO) Distance Learning (DL) > 7 hrs > 13 hrs > 20 hrs > 26 hrs
Instructional Method: Standard (S)
Campus Code: Main Campus (MC)
Credit Hours Contact Mins & Hrs SCHEDULED
IN-PERSON
MEETINGS
1 credit hour 750 mins (12.5 hours) > 7 hrs
2 credit hours 1500 mins (25 hours) > 13 hrs
3 credit hours 2250 mins (37.5 hours) > 20 hrs
4 credit hours 3000 mins (50 hours) > 26 hrs
Instructional Method: Hybrid (M)
Campus Code: Hybrid (HYB)
20% - 50% required in-person meetings
Credit Hours Contact Mins & Hrs SCHEDULED
IN-PERSON
MEETINGS
1 credit hour 750 mins (12.5 hours) 3 - 7 hrs
2 credit hours 1500 mins (25 hours) 5 - 13 hrs
3 credit hours 2250 mins (37.5 hours) 8 - 20 hrs
4 credit hours 3000 mins (50 hours) 11 - 26 hrs
Instructional Method: Primarily Online (OL)
Campus Code: Distance Learning (DL)
< 20% required in-person meetings
Credit Hours Contact Mins & Hrs SCHEDULED
IN-PERSON
MEETINGS
1 credit hour 750 mins (12.5 hours) < 3 hrs
2 credit hours 1500 mins (25 hours) < 5 hrs
3 credit hours 2250 mins (37.5 hours) < 8 hrs
4 credit hours 3000 mins (50 hours) < 11 hrs
Instructional Method: Fully Online (OL)
Campus Code: Distance Learning (DL) or Online (OL)
Credit Hours Contact Mins & Hrs SCHEDULED
IN-PERSON
MEETINGS
1 credit hour 750 mins (12.5 hours) none
2 credit hours 1500 mins (25 hours)
3 credit hours 2250 mins (37.5 hours)
4 credit hours 3000 mins (50 hours)
Instructional Method: Live Online (LO)
Campus Code: Distance Learning (DL)
Credit Hours Contact Mins & Hrs SCHEDULED
ONLINE
MEETINGS
1 credit hour 750 mins (12.5 hours) > 7 hrs
2 credit hours 1500 mins (25 hours) > 13 hrs
3 credit hours 2250 mins (37.5 hours) > 20 hrs
4 credit hours 3000 mins (50 hours) > 26 hrs