Distance Learning (Online Learning)

Distance education is defined as a planned teaching-learning process that uses one or more technologies as a conduit for learning when students are separated from the instructor, requiring regular, substantive and supportive instructor-student and student-student interactions.  Interactions may be in real-time (synchronous) or delayed (asynchronous). The technologies may include but are not limited to the Internet; one-way and two-way transmissions through open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave, broadband lines, fiber optics, satellite, or wireless communications devices; audio conferencing; or  DVDs, and CD-ROMs, if they are used in conjunction with any of the prior technologies.

 

Definitions

Distance education is defined as a planned teaching-learning process that uses one or more technologies as a conduit for learning when students are separated from the instructor, requiring regular, substantive and supportive instructor-student and student-student interactions.  Interactions may be in real-time (synchronous) or delayed (asynchronous). The technologies may include but are not limited to the Internet; one-way and two-way transmissions through open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave, broadband lines, fiber optics, satellite, or wireless communications devices; audio conferencing; or  DVDs, and CD-ROMs, if they are used in conjunction with any of the prior technologies.

  • An in-person (P) course has no course assignments and no required activities delivered online.
  • A web-enhanced (W) course is where no scheduled class meetings are replaced, but some of the course content and assignments, as well as required or optional activities, are online.
  • A partially online (PO) course has up to 20% of scheduled class meetings replaced with online activities or virtual meetings.
  • A hybrid (also known as a blended course) (H) course has between 33% and 80% of scheduled class meetings replaced with online activities or virtual meetings.
  • An online (O) course has more than 80% but less than 100% of scheduled class meetings replaced with online activities or virtual meetings.
  • A fully online (FO) course has 100% of scheduled class meetings replaced with online activities or virtual meetings. All of the class work, including exams, is online.

About Online Learning - FAQs

  • How do I know if I am ready to learn online?
    Online learners take an active role in their learning. Motivation, self-direction, and good time management skills are important characteristics for the online learner. In addition, computer and internet access is required. Please take the online readiness quiz to measure how prepared you are for online learning.
  • What equipment do I need to take an online course? Computer and internet access several days during the week is required. A CUNY email account is required and provided by the college. Blackboard, the web-based learning classroom, has minimal hardware requirements for your computer. It is strongly recommended that students utilize the Blackboard site and course-associated resources and assignments using a lap-top or large computer screen with capability to hear and view video clips and narrated PowerPoint.
    Mobile devices are not supported for Blackboard usage.
  • What minimum computer skills are required to take an online class?
    The learner must be able to:
    • Navigate the internet with a web browser that supports Blackboard 
    • Use CUNY email and send attachments
    • Download and install plug-ins
    • Use a word processing program – Microsoft Word is recommended
  • How are in-person, web-enhanced, hybrid, and online courses different?
    • An in-person (P) course has no course assignments and no required activities delivered online.
    • A web-enhanced (W) course is where no scheduled class meetings are replaced, but some of the course content and assignments, as well as required or optional activities, are online.
    • A partially online (PO) course has up to 20% of scheduled class meetings replaced with online activities or virtual meetings.
    • A hybrid (also known as a blended course) (H) course has between 33% and 80% of scheduled class meetings replaced with online activities or virtual meetings.
    • An online (O) course has more than 80% but less than 100% of scheduled class meetings replaced with online activities or virtual meetings.
    • A fully online (FO) course has 100% of scheduled class meetings replaced with online activities or virtual meet