Course Delivery Options
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, along with efforts to reduce class
sizes and adhere to health and safety protocols, the delivery formats for some
courses have been adjusted for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. Each course has been
carefully designed for its best delivery format. Below are general descriptions
of the five most common course delivery formats for WVU’s 2020-21 academic year,
followed by sample images of the course schedule for reference.
Please note that specific tools and approaches are determined by the course instructor
to ensure that you learn what you need to know.
SAME TIME, SAME PLACE
You are learning face-to-face. You’ll go to class at a designated time on designated
days of the week. But while you are on a traditional class schedule, you may be
expected to log in to a variety of online platforms to supplement your on-campus
IN-PERSON AND ONLINE
The best of both worlds. Your course content is delivered through a combination of
in-person and online. You have the opportunity to interact with the instructor
and course material in a way designated by your instructor. You will likely engage
in online learning activities before, during and after in-person classes so you
can collaborate with classmates.
THE CHOICE IS YOURS
Your course content is delivered both in-person and online. You can choose how to
participate based on your personal preference or life commitments. You can also
alternate your delivery style on a day-by-day basis. Feel like going to class?
Head to campus. Not so much? Stay home and attend class online.
Online – Synchronous Courses
IN REAL TIME
Same time, same online space. You and your instructor are together with your classmates
in the same online space, working together in real-time. You’ll have regularly
scheduled meetings and are expected to log in at designated times.
Online – Asynchronous Courses
ON YOUR OWN TIME
Learn anytime, anyplace, as long as you meet your instructor's deadlines.You are
able to complete courses on your own time, no matter where you are. The course
will include specific opportunities to engage with your instructor. There also
may be times when you will interact with classmates through discussion boards and
other online platforms.
ONLINE AND IN-PERSON, EVERY SO OFTEN
Figuring out which courses to take each semester can seem daunting at first. But
looking over the samples below will help you decide what options work for you.