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How Will My Course Be Taught?

What is Instruction Mode?

Instruction Mode describes how a course will be taught and what the student class experience may be like. Prior to COVID-19, most classes on the Pullman campus were taught in person. For Fall 2019, 89% of classes were considered face-to-face instruction with students meeting in a classroom with an instructor. Less than 7% were blended Global campus courses and were offered completely online. The remainder were offered as a combination of in person and web-based instruction. Fall 2021 will have a mix of instruction modes, with opportunities for robust in person experiences, yet flexibility for online learning that may fit other student's needs.

How do I know if my class is In Person or Online?

Courses are coded with Instruction Modes. Visit the Class Search page for visuals on finding this information for a specific class.

What are the Instruction Modes?

100% In Person Instruction

These courses are taught in a classroom. The instructor is in the room and the course meets on specific days during specific times. All students are expected to attend class in person.

25% or more In Person Instruction

This instruction mode is called Some Online. The class will meet at a specific day and time and will be a mix of in person and web-based instruction. Students will attend class in a classroom at least 25% of the time. They may be divided into smaller groups, perhaps attending class on Monday, while classmates attend on Wednesday or Friday. On the days that the student is not in the classroom, they may view the course on a personal device via Zoom during the regular class time, or the course may be recorded for future viewing. In other cases, a lecture section may be offered online, but the labs offered in person. Other courses may offer pre-recorded content then use the in person time for discussions. Each instructor determines how the class will be taught and students can look for Class Notes to describe the expected experience.

Videoconference (VC)

Videoconference courses have sections that are linked on more than one campus. The campus hosting the course is called the Originating Campus and the campuses that receive the course are called Receiving Campuses. VC courses often require permission to enroll and are not always eligible for the Employee Tuition Waiver.

A course coded as videoconference is often a receiving section. Pre-COVID19, videoconference courses were delivered in a classroom with students at the originating campus in the same room as the instructor, and students at the receiving campus either in a classroom or on a personal device. With COVID-19 restrictions, students on either campus may be expected to join via a personal device. See the Class Notes or contact the instructor for more information.

75% or more online

This instruction mode is called Hybrid. These classes will have an in person component, however it will be limited. The course may meet in person just a few times over the term, with the remainder of instruction offered online, either during a specific time/day or available for independent viewing. The Class Notes will help describe this learning experience.

100% Web-based Instruction

These courses are taught online using either asynchronous or synchronous delivery.

  • Asynchronous: No specific day/time is listed for the class. Students view class materials at their convenience. The campus is usually listed as: Global.
  • Synchronous: A specific day/time is listed for the class. Students are expected to attend class during the listed time. The campus is the student's home campus. Also referred to as Distance Delivery.

When the campus is listed as Global, the course has been designed by the Global campus and seats are offered on more than one campus. All instruction is web-based and students do not attend class on specific days or times. Global courses are not eligible for the Employee Tuition Waiver.


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