Technology-supported teaching modes
The following modes of teaching may be considered for online or partially online courses that use synchronous (where students and faculty participate in the same live session) and asynchronous teaching (where students watch lectures and participate in class activities on their own time).
In most online courses, students and the instructor do not meet in-person throughout the semester (rare exceptions exist in eConcordia courses). Most courses are offered through eConcordia and have an EC designation in the SIS. Some may also be offered through remote delivery (e.g., Zoom or another University-approved platform) and have an RM designation in the SIS.
Learning activities are largely conducted online and are typically asynchronous, though synchronous activities are also possible. All assessments are also conducted online, with exams typically running through COLE. Shorter quizzes and other assessment types may also take place on the eConcordia or Moodle platform. All online courses should prioritize student engagement, interaction and collaboration to promote deep learning. Dates for any synchronous activities should be scheduled and visible to students on the SIS.
Remote online teaching is one approach to teaching an online course. Used primarily as a response to the pandemic, a remote online course typically relies on synchronous classes with very little to no synchronous learning activities. Its intention is to replace usual in-person lectures with synchronous video conferencing lessons. Zoom and Teams have been used for remote teaching at Concordia during the pandemic.
Bimodal teaching refers to an in-person course that is delivered to a group of students, some of whom are present in the classroom while others participate remotely through video-conferencing software. At Concordia, remote students would join the class via Zoom or Teams.
Blended teaching (also referred to as Hybrid teaching) refers to a course that alternates between in-person on-campus classes and online asynchronous course work. Synchronous classes are held on-campus and asynchronous work is done on Moodle. A blended course can be scheduled in a variety of formats (eg: alternating each class between in-person synchronous and online asynchronous, shortened in-person lectures complimented with asynchronous activities, or in-person synchronous at strategic points in the semester with the remaining portion of class asynchronous, etc.)