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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 ModeDefinition
In-PersonThe course is taught fully face-to-face in a classroom at scheduled meeting times.
Hybrid/BlendedThese classes have both in-person and online components. The dates/times of in-person meetings are scheduled.
Distance Synchronous LearningThese 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.
OnlineA 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.
HyflexCourses designated HyFlex shall be offered both in-person and on-line synchronously. There shall be no requirement to record classes or to provide copies of such recordings to anyone. Unit members may choose to provide access to recordings for students for their personal review.
Service LearningInstruction time and locations are to be determined by the instructor.
By ArrangementThese 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 DeliveryThese 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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