Technology Advisory Council
Simmons’ departments should use consistent definitions and language in identifying online and hybrid courses in the University’s SOC, on the departments’ course description web pages, and on the departments’ semester class-schedule web pages.
Hybrid Courses meet primarily in a physical classroom but also include significant online learning components. At SMU, hybrid programs and courses are those for which the total student contact time is more than 25% digital. (NOTE: This is an update based on the Collaborative Framework for Continuing, Digital, and Online Education at SMU – May 16, 2018.) The digital learning content is integrated with the classroom-based content. The majority of a hybrid course’s instruction is delivered in a classroom location.
Online Courses (asynchronous & synchronous):
80-100% of the instruction in an online course is delivered digitally (i.e., via computer technology). Online courses may be either primarily asynchronous (to be completed at your own pace and schedule) or synchronous (with scheduled online webcam sessions).
The Collaborative Framework for Continuing, Digital, and Online Education at SMU replaces the terms “online” and “online education” with the more current “digital” and “digital education.”
These programs and courses are delivered 100% digitally (i.e., via computer technology). They may include discrete, in-person “immersions” or “symposiums” which comprise less than 25% of their total student contact time.
Department Class Schedule web pages:
On your class-schedule web page for a given term, please add one of the following in parentheses after the title of any online course offered during the respective term.
Department Course Description webpages and Official University Course Description
For those courses whose instructional formats vary (between online, hybrid, & physical classroom) depending on the semester, please add a differentiating statement to their descriptions on your department course description web page and to their official University course descriptions. Depending on the formats in which you offer a course, you can state that “this course is sometimes offered in an online [synchronous or asynchronous] format” or “this course is sometimes offered in a hybrid format” or “this course may be offered in a hybrid or online format.”
When you officially schedule a 100%-online course for a given term, remember to assign a 401 section number and a location field of “online.” Unique section numbers for hybrid courses do not exist, but if you’ve included a differentiating statement (of the sort given above) to the official description of a course that is sometimes offered in a hybrid format, students should know to inquire with the department about the course’s format for any given term.
The Simmons TAC will apply the following Guidelines in reviewing Course Proposals and Syllabi for Digital (online and hybrid) courses:
Please contact Tony Cuevas (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jennifer Culver (email@example.com) if you have questions about these guidelines.