Academic Technology

Modes of Instruction

There are many ways to carry out course instruction. Below are five main modes of course instruction at SF State, with definitions, benefits, and strategies.

Traditional Courses

In a Traditional Course, students attend all class sessions and faculty member office hours in an assigned face-to-face environment.

Technology Enhanced Courses

In a Technology Enhanced Course, students attend all class sessions in an assigned face-to-face environment. Online technology is primarily used to engage the students with the curriculum and learning process.

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Hybrid Courses

In a Hybrid Course, students attend some of the class sessions in an assigned face-to-face environment, and some of the class sessions in an online environment, as determined by the faculty member. Online technology is primarily used to create a substitute for some classroom experiences, and may be used to communicate with the faculty member inside and outside of office hours. 

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HyFlex Courses

In a Hybrid Flexible (HyFlex) Course, students can choose to attend class either in an assigned face-to-face environment or in an online environment, synchronously or asynchronously. Online technology is primarily used to provide the students with flexibility in their choice of educational experience, and to communicate with the faculty member inside and outside of office hours.

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Fully Online Courses

In a Fully Online Course, students attend all class sessions in an online environment. Online technology is used to create the entire course experience and to communicate with the faculty member inside and outside of office hours.

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