Online learning is education that takes place using the Internet. Oftentimes referred to as “e- learning” or distance learning, it is the utilization of technology to access learning activities and experience. e-Learning enables students to learn anywhere and anytime. There are a variety of instructional approaches offered at Florida Atlantic University Online, which include fully-online, partially-online and hybrid programs.
Fully Online Programs
A fully online program is one in which 100% of required courses and the minimum number of elective courses are offered in a fully online format. A fully online program enables students in the program to meet degree requirements without coming to campus.
Online courses are delivered via the internet in either synchronous or asynchronous formats. Students have no in-person meetings with the instructor or student peers. Learning activities and assessments are delivered through our Learning Management System, Canvas. Synchronous online courses require students and instructors to be online at the same time. Asynchronous learning is self-paced, allowing students to access and engage on their own schedules. Keep in mind, professors may provide students with a timeframe during which they need to connect at least once or twice a week. Most FAU Online courses are delivered in an asynchronous format.
Partially Online & Hybrid Programs
Partially online programs at FAU Online offer both fully online as well as face-to-face courses so that the programs are a combination of online and on-campus coursework. Students enrolled in a partially online program may experience some semesters in which they are not required to come to campus, and others in which one or more courses require on-campus attendance. A partially online program is defined as having more than 50% of the courses required to earn a degree in the program available in a fully online format.
With Hybrid degree programs, online instruction replaces half or more of the traditional on-campus class meetings. These standard online interactions of lectures, discussions, and assessments are supplemented with in-person meetings at strategic points during the semester.