Teaching & Learning Resource Center

Modality (mode)

Definition

Modality or mode is the delivery method of a course. Ohio State offers courses in the following modes:

In-Person (P)

In-person courses are conducted 75-100% on campus and 0-24% online.

Conducted in person, with or without a limited amount of direct online instruction and interaction. 0-24% of formalized instruction and interaction occurs at a distance. 

For a 3-credit semester class, students can expect:

  • Scheduled classroom time on campus each week, usually totaling just under 3 hours (includes classes broadcast live to regional campus classrooms)
  • Possibly some instruction and interaction online
  • An average of 6 or more hours of preparation and homework each week

 

 

Hybrid (HY)

Hybrid courses are conducted 25-74% on campus and 25-74% online.

Conducted both in-person and online. 25-74% of formalized instruction and interaction occurs at a distance.

For a 3-credit semester course, students can expect:

  • Instruction time equal to a 3-credit in-person class, with some of this instruction occurring online
  • On-campus and distance components may alternate consistently or only certain class sessions may be on-campus
  • An average of 6 or more hours of preparation and homework each week

 

 

 

Distance Enhanced (DH)

Distance-enhanced courses are conducted 1-24% on campus and 75-99% online.

Conducted primarily online and enhanced by some in-person events. 75-99% of instruction is offered at a distance; some campus component is required.

For a 3-credit semester class, students can expect:

  • During most weeks of the class, 2.5-3 hours of instructional activity and interaction is conducted online
  • One or more required on-campus sessions
  • An average of 6 or more hours of preparation and homework each week

 

 

 

Distance Learning (DL)

Distance learning courses are conducted 100% online.

Offered completely online with no in-person components. 100% of instruction is offered at a distance.

For a 3-credit semester class, students can expect:

  • No campus location will appear on the class schedule.
  • 0 hours of required time on campus (including for exams)
  • 3 hours per week, on average, of instructional activity and interaction conducted online
  • An average of 6 or more hours of preparation and homework each week

 

 

 

 

For information on considerations for virtual delivery modes, view the Virtual Course Components Scheduling Job Aid.