Instruction modes

E-Learning (EL)
100% online (may have proctored exams)
Online (OL)
A course where most or all (80% or greater) of the content is delivered online. Typically these sections have no face-to-face meetings, but there may be a few. There may be face-to-face exams.
Blended class instruction (BL)
Between 30% and 80% of the course content is delivered online. These courses are sometimes "hybrid."
Web Facilitated (WF)
1 – 29% of the content is delivered online. Includes face-to-face instruction. Videos may be used during the initial delivery and viewed later.
Traditional (TR)
No online technology is used; content is delivered in writing or orally. Videos may be used during the initial delivery and viewed later.

Other delivery modes

Interactive Television (ITV)
Interactive television courses are offered over the University of Missouri's compressed video network and Missouri's Telemedicine Network. These courses, with set schedules, allow faculty and students at various sites to interact with each other.

Other Definitions

Off campus
A variety of on-site learning opportunities are available nationwide.
On campus
  • Degree programs and individual courses are offered on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, MO.
  • Classes meet evenings, weekends or at other convenient times.
  • Individual study courses, such as practica, are completed independently under faculty guidance.
Self-paced 6-month max to finish courses
  • Course may be completed in as few as six weeks or take up to six months to finish.
  • Students work independently and complete course work at their own pace.
  • Requires in-person proctored exams.
Self-paced 16-week or 8-week session courses
  • Students work independently and complete course work within the regular MU 8- or 16-week semester.
  • Two checkpoint dates within the semester/session for completion of classwork and exams.
  • Requires in-person proctored exams.
Semester-based courses
  • Start and end with the regular MU 8- or 16-week semester.
  • Courses are instructor-led, have weekly assignments, classwork and quizzes/exams.
  • Students have flexibility within the week to complete work as long as due dates are met.
  • Typically requires interaction with instructor and class members via discussion board.