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ctcLink Instruction Modes 2024-04-23T08:28:42+00:00

Course Instruction Modes

Are you unsure whether a class takes place at the college, on Zoom, or uses Canvas?

Starting in Summer 2024, ctcLink will display course instruction mode options differently in class schedules, indicating whether courses are in-person, online, or require Canvas. When viewing the class schedule, look for the Instruction Mode column, which now includes new, more precise names for each type of class mode.

What is a course mode?

The way a class is conducted is called its course mode. This determines how students interact with instructors and engage with content during the learning experience. Different course modes offer varied ways of participating in the class.

What is the difference between synchronous and asynchronous classes?

Synchronous classes require you to participate in real time, which means you’ll need to be present at specific times. Asynchronous classes offer more flexibility. You can access the course materials and complete assignments at flexible times.  There are no required meeting times or in-person meetings, but you do have to meet regular deadlines.

What is Canvas?

Canvas is a web-based learning management system. It is used by instructors and students to access and manage online course learning materials.

Course Instruction Modes in ctcLink

Use the table below to explore options and choose the best course mode for you.

ModeIn-person classroom attendanceScheduled online attendanceContent and activities on CanvasWhat is the class like? *
Online ScheduledNoYesYesYou will meet on Zoom with faculty and other students. Work required for this course will be posted on Canvas. Your instructor may schedule an optional in person meeting. (This meeting also meets ISP visa requirements.)
Online Scheduled w/In-PersonYesYesYesYou will meet on Zoom with faculty and other students. Work required for this course will be posted on Canvas. You will need to come to campus up to 5 times. See the schedule for specific times.
Online AsynchronousNoNoYesThere are no required meeting times or in person meetings, but there are regular due dates. Work required for this course will be posted on Canvas. Your instructor may schedule one optional meeting. (This meeting also meets ISP visa requirements.)
Online Asynchronous w/In-PersonYesNoYesWork required for this course will be posted on Canvas. There are regular due dates for your work. You will need to come to campus up to 5 times. See the schedule for specific times.
In PersonYesNoNoYou will meet with faculty and other students in a classroom at scheduled times.
In-Person (Web Enhanced)YesNoYesYou will meet with faculty and other students in a classroom at scheduled times. Some content and activities will be posted on Canvas.
HybridYesMaybeYesYou will meet with faculty and other students in a classroom at scheduled times. There are fewer meetings than in person classes. You should expect more required work on Canvas than in person classes.
FlexibleMaybeMaybeYesYou can choose how to participate in the class. You might be able to come to in person meetings, meet on Zoom, or complete your work online without scheduled meetings. Check the class notes** for details.
Individualized InstructionMaybeMaybeMaybeContact Instructor
OtherMaybeMaybeMaybeContact Instructor
* Specific requirements will vary by class. Check the Class Notes in ctcLink and contact the instructor.
** Class notes are available in the class schedule on ctcLink. Go to the class you are planning to take and view the details of that class.