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e-Learning and Instructional Support

Kresge Library, Room 430
100 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
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Office: (248) 370-4566
Help: (248) 805-1625

e-LIS Help Desk:
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - noon

Submit an online help ticket 24 hours per day

e-Learning and Instructional Support

Kresge Library, Room 430
100 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
(location map)
Office: (248) 370-4566
Help: (248) 805-1625

e-LIS Help Desk:
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - noon

Submit an online help ticket 24 hours per day

Online Course Types

In an effort to clarify the content delivery methods for courses with online content three schedule types were developed: 

  • ON - Fully Online
    All instruction is delivered online (Course is 100% online).
  • N - Primarily Online
    Up to 3 face-to-face meetings may be required. Remaining course meetings are delivered online. (Course is 75%-99% more online).
  • LW - Course Partially Online
    Course is 10%-74% online.

The percentages (in the description) refer to the amount of face-to-face meeting time that is replaced with online time. In the case of a "Primarily Online" course, 75%-99% of the face-to-face time has been replaced by online meeting time. In a "Course Partially Online" course, 10%-74% of the face-to-face time has been replaced by online meeting time. Note that homework time is not considered face-to-face meeting time.

For the sake of simplicity, the percentages are often converted to actual meetings. In a 15 week course that meets once a week, 25% roughly equates to 3 face-to-face meetings, which is why "Primarily Online" courses allow for up to 3 face-to-face meetings.

Note that the percentages described above match thresholds established by organizations like the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and North Central Accreditation (NCA).

Face-to-Face Meetings in Primarily Online (N) and Partially Online (LW) Courses
Synchronous online and required face-to-face meetings (dates, times and approved locations) must be listed in the class schedule prior to the start of registration. This allows the student to know before they register what meetings they will be required to attend. It is important that schedulers input this information, otherwise the student may register into a course only to find out later that the course has a meeting that overlaps with another commitment (like a work schedule, or a meeting for another course).

Synchronous Online Meetings in Fully Online (ON), Primarily Online (N) and Partially Online (LW) Courses
Any ON, N, or LW course may have some synchronous meetings using tools like Zoom, YuJa, or Google Meet. While these virtual meetings don't have a specific physical location, they are specific to a date and time. When the scheduler sets the course up, he/she must indicate the date and time of each synchronous meeting, either by adding it as an official meeting or by mentioning it in the course comments. If this information isn't defined, the student may register into the course only to find that one or more of the synchronous meetings overlaps with another commitment (like a work schedule, or a meeting for another course).

Changing a course schedule type
The schedule type for a course will not be approved or adjusted for any term where registration has already opened. For instance, if registration is open for Fall 2021, schedulers cannot adjust and faculty cannot approve a new schedule type for any course in that term. Adhering to this rule ensures that students are able to plan their schedule with minimal confusion.