Online Learning @ Tech
Course Delivery Modes @ Tech
As of March 2023, these definitions are in development through OCHE and Montana State University Billings:
This class is delivered synchronously and in-person, with regular in-person attendance necessary. Students and faculty participate in person at assigned physical locations at specific times.
This class is delivered asynchronously and remotely, using MSUB’s Learning Management System (LMS.) Students and faculty interact regularly but students cannot be required to participate synchronously.
This class is delivered partially online in an asynchronous format and partially through face-to-face (F2F) interaction, typically in the classroom. There may also be some synchronous remote requirement. Both online and F2F interactions are required for the course. This delivery is characterized by the expectation of reduced F2F class meeting time when compared to the equivalent credit in-person course.
Hybrid includes HyFlex, Flipped, and Remote options.
This class allows fully flexible participation for students. Students may choose to participate fully online, fully in-person or a combination of both and may change their participation mode at any time. HyFlex courses must comply with the MSUB Core Principles of Quality for Online Courses. Synchronous participation is not required.
Students watch recorded versions of lectures and other course content outside of class and do the assignments, labs, and activities in class with the instructor.
Synchronous through web-based tools such as Zoom. This can be individual students on demand, small groups, or even multiple classes from other institutions. This is a form of hybrid course because face-to-face meetings and learning content and activities are provided in on-ground formats, but the distant learners experience via ITV or other streaming options.
In-person with fully remote option: This class is delivered synchronously with both in-person attendance and remote video-conferencing options. Students may choose either option and may change their participation mode at any time.
Low-residency: This class is primarily online and asynchronous but requires at least one in person meeting. See course and program requirements for specific details.
Skills & Access
Review the information below to prepare for an online course. If you can answer yes to most of the statements, you are likely a good candidate for an online course. If you answered no to most of these statements, you should be aware that you may face certain challenges until you become comfortable with the online setting.
- I have access to and know how to use a computer and a mouse.
- I know how to use Help menus to look for answers to my questions.
- I know the difference between closing, minimizing, and hiding windows, and closing a program.
- I know how to use the right-click menu functions on the mouse.
- I know how to download and install programs or plugins.
- I know how to delete files.
- I know how to empty the recycle bin.
- I know where to go for help if I have problems.
- I know how to create a document with a word processor such as Microsoft Word.
- I know how to open and close documents.
- I know how to use spell check to check my documents for accuracy.
- I know how to copy and paste text.
- I know how to use the undo/redo functions.
- I know how to create new folders.
- I know how to save documents as different file types such as rtf, html, text only, etc.
- I know how to print documents.
- I know how to use a search engine like Google.
- I know how to open a web page with the URL address.
- I know that I need to be aware of copyright issues when using information taken from the internet/web.
- I know what plagiarism is.
- I know how to compose, send, receive, and forward email messages.
- I know how to attach files to email messages.
- I know how to open files that are attached to an email.
(some of these skills will be acquired during the online course)
- I have read the student user guide for MyMtech and Moodle.
- My computer meets the minimum requirements for working with Moodle and MyMtech.
- I know how to log in and out of Moodle.
- I know how to read announcements and look up calendar events in Moodle.
- I know how to use the Forums feature in Moodle.
- I know how to submit an assignment to my instructor in Moodle.
- I am self-motivated.
- I can meet deadlines.
- I am comfortable asking for help if I need it.
- I am comfortable communicating in writing.
- I have enough time to dedicate to this class.
- I have good reading comprehension skills.
- I am self-disciplined enough to keep up with course readings and assignments, and participate in class regularly without constant prompting from my professor.