Course Definitions

Distance Learning, also referred to as Distance Education, is the employment of alternative instructional delivery methods to extend programs and services to persons unable to attend college in the traditional manner. The Office of Distance Learning supports student learning through online, hybrid, web-assist and 2-way video course delivery. The PVAMU definitions of these courses are listed below.

  • Online: An online course is an asynchronous course delivered fully online. Instructors post all course content on eCourses. An online course may have mandatory F2F or synchronous sessions totaling no more than 15 percent. At PVAMU, online courses are identified by a three-character section number that starts with the letter Z (for example: Z01). Information about online student identity verification, privacy, and security can be found on the STUDENT IDENTITY VERIFICATION, PRIVACY, AND SECURITY IN THE ONLINE ENVIRONMENT page.
  • Hybrid: A hybrid course is a course in which a majority (more than 50 percent but less than 85 percent) of the planned instruction occurs when the students and instructor(s) are not in the same place. eCourses is used for the web-based elements of the course. At PVAMU, hybrid courses are identified by a three-character section number that starts with the letter Y (for example: Y01).
  • Web-Assist: A web-assist course is traditional synchronous course that is supplemented with online content posted to eCourses. Instructors can post as much or as little content to eCourses as they choose. Students and instructors are required to meet in the location and at the date and time published in BANNER / PantherTracks.
  • 2-Way Video: A 2-way video course is a synchronous course that is delivered in two different physical locations simultaneously and linked by a live 2-way video connection.