Class Modality Types

Courses are taught in multiple teaching modalities. These will include in-person classes on campus, hybrid classes that combine in-person and online lessons, and completely online classes. Please familiarize yourself with the modality types as you organize your plans and register for the upcoming semester.

  • Face-to-Face (F2F) - All content delivered in person on campus.

  • Online Synchronous (ONS) - All content is delivered online on specific days and times.

  • Online Asynchronous (ONA) - All content is delivered online with no real-time interaction and no required meeting times

  • Hybrid Full (HYF) - Combination of some full class, on-campus sessions and online content delivered asynchronously or synchronously (this is closest to a traditional hybrid course).

  • Hybrid Partial (HYP) - Combination of physically distant, in-person class sessions and asynchronous online (Course meets with a portion of a class on one day in-person, and another portion of the class on a different day in-person, with the remainder of instruction delivered online).


In-Person Instruction

Online Instruction

Face to Face

Everyone meets together

(traditional class experience)


Online Synchronous



Online Asynchronous



Hybrid Full

Everyone meets together

(traditional class experience)

Faculty choice (could be Synchronous or Asynchronous)

Hybrid Partial

Small groups, alternating

Asynchronous (students are on their own)

  • Synchronous = students meet with faculty all together, at the same time
  • Asynchronous = students attend class “on their own” with little or no real-time interaction with instructor or fellow students