• Online Learning at a Glance

    Course Overview

    Technology is an important component of your learning experience at Hamline University. You will use technology in the classroom and when working on class projects and homework.  You will also use technology in web-enhanced, blended and online courses.

    Web-enhanced Courses

    A course that meets mostly face-to-face and uses technology supplementary.  In a web-enhanced course:

    • Participants meet in the classroom for the scheduled hours of the course, but there may be a course website or some instructional activities online. 
    • Supplementary materials, such as a course syllabus, assignments, and an optional discussions are delivered online.  These components are intended to supplement, not replace, face-to-face coursework.

    Blended Courses

    A course that blends online and face-to-face delivery, and in which:

    • Participants still meet for scheduled class or lab time, but the amount of time is reduced.
    • Face-to-face and online activities are designed to reinforce, complement, and support the other. 
    • In many ways, blended courses combine the best features of classroom-based courses with online courses.  Students benefit from meeting their instructor on a regular basis, while still enjoying the flexibility of online learning.

    Online Courses

    A course where most of the content is delivered online, and in which:

    • Course materials are delivered in online format. 
    • Participants may not meet face-to-face in the classroom, but interact entirely through the Internet.
    • Communication and interaction occur online between instructors and students. 
    • Assessment of student work is conducted online.

    Online Course Activities

    When enrolled in a web-enhanced, blended and online course, you most likely interact with the instructor and classmates on a regular basis in asynchronous as well asynchronous online activities.

    Asynchronous Online Course Activities May Include

    • Individual study and research – including reading materials, videos, and multimedia presentations 
    • Online discussions
    • Assignment submission
    • Group work
    • Instructor feedback
    • Email communication

    Synchronous Online Course Activities May Include

    • Live lectures
    • Real-time group discussions and meetings
    • Real-time guest speaker and student presentations