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Course Modalities

Course Modalities

Courses at Doane may be offered in a variety of formats. 

The Deans request that all course faculty add at a minimum these three items to their Canvas course shells for each term. This is a requirement for all term courses whether you use Canvas or not. The information is: 

  1. Your faculty contact information
  2. Your course syllabus
  3. A basic grade book that has at the minimum the final course grades.

  • On Ground/On Campus

    100% of direct instruction is delivered in a live, face-to-face classroom. The Learning Management System (LMS - Doane University uses Canvas) may or may not be used to support instruction.

  • Online

    100% of required course instruction, activities and content are delivered online, asynchronously, in the LMS. No live sessions required. 



  • Distance Learning

    A course with required, regularly scheduled, live web conference sessions that completely replace the required, regularly scheduled face-to-face classroom sessions. The LMS is used for course activities and content.

  • Hybrid

    A course that employs both online and live, face-to-face classroom instruction. Some portion of the regularly scheduled, live classroom instruction may be displaced with active engagement using distance technology. Scheduled class meetings are conducted in the live classroom, or through live web conference sessions. All other content and activities can be completed online, in alignment with the schedule in the LMS. 

  • Flipped

    A course that meets in a live, face-to-face classroom for the same amount of time as a traditional on-ground/on-campus class worth the same number of credits (e.g. a three-credit flipped course would still meet for three hours a week in a 15-week semester). Lecture and content is delivered through the LMS for students to engage with outside of scheduled class time. Scheduled class time is used for active application of skills, active discussion, practice, or other types of engagement that would benefit from faculty moderation and guidance. This is more of an instructional strategy than a delivery mode.

  • Hyflex

    An online course fused with an on-ground course. Students can choose (daily, if desired) in which mode they would like to engage with the course. Live classroom sessions are broadcast as well as recorded. Students may participate in direct, active instruction in face-to-face sessions (in the classroom), synchronous sessions (live broadcast), asynchronous activities (using engaged online instruction methods - note that this is not the same as requiring a student to view the recording of a live class session), or a mix of these. Students are required to engage with the course in equivalent ways, regardless of the mode of engagement. There is significant use of the LMS for course activities and content. 
  • Split Classroom

    A type of hybrid course. Classes are split into smaller groups to increase physical distance in the classroom. Students are required to attend specific live classroom sessions in their assigned group each week. The LMS is used to support additional instruction and activities.