What is course instruction mode, and how do I know what mode is right for me?

Instruction mode refers to how a student will get instruction from their professor and participate in course activities. The University of Maine System uses the following instruction modes:

Instruction Mode Definition
In-Person The course is taught fully face-to-face in a classroom at scheduled meeting times.
Hybrid/Blended These classes have both in-person and online components. The dates/times of in-person meetings are scheduled.
Distance Synchronous Learning These classes never meet in person. The course is taught online, and the instructor is expected to deliver instruction synchronously (i.e., in real time) at the times for which the class is scheduled.
Online A course section where 100% of course activity and class meetings are completed asynchronously (i.e., not in real time) online with no required online meeting times.
Hyflex A single course section with the option to attend on-site, attend via video or audio technology during class meeting times, or watch a recording of the course asynchronously (i.e., not in real time) via recorded class sessions, or in any combination of the three.
Service Learning Instruction time and locations are to be determined by the instructor.
By Arrangement These courses are meant for clinical placements, field placements, independent study, internships, and research hours. They do not require a classroom or meeting time but are considered to be in person.
Split Delivery These classes will meet during all scheduled class times. However, groups of students in the class will alternate in-person and virtual attendance as designated by the instructor to maintain reduced density in classrooms (i.e., platoon system).

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