Northeastern Illinois University’s Fall 2020 semester will begin on Aug. 24. Courses will be offered in remote, online, hybrid and, in some instances, face-to-face formats with appropriate safety precautions. This is how Northeastern defines the terms of modes of instruction.

Synchronous Instruction: Synchronous learning allows students to connect with the instructor and other students taking the class in real time and at a scheduled time, through online platforms, instant messaging/chats, conferencing tools, etc.

Asynchronous Instruction: Asynchronous instruction is delivered in a variety of formats, such as by web, email, servers, recorded audio or video lectures, message boards, etc., that are posted to online environments.

Face to Face: Classes that must always meet in person because they are not suitable to deliver via any of the other formats (online, remote or hybrid) and/or due to a strong experiential component in the course content. Delivery of these courses must abide by the guidelines that coordinate to the phase of University operations in place in the fall. 

Remote Learning: Classes are delivered in primarily synchronous formats and have a scheduled day/time slot to conduct activities. Instruction that uses as many synchronous tools as possible. 

Online: Courses that use asynchronous formats/modes of delivery, with no scheduled time slots. This mode of instruction allows the use of tools in D2L or email to allow students to participate according to their own schedules. However, these courses do have an internal course plan/schedule that includes assignment due dates/times.

Hybrid: Hybrid classes use a mix of scheduled Face to Face instruction (for some if not all experiential elements of the class) and either (i) Online or (ii) Remote Learning for the other elements of the class. Hybrid classes can be a good alternative to Face to Face classes, where a limited number of regularly scheduled in-person class meetings and/or students’ physical presence in class is necessary to cover key elements of the course curriculum.


Note: If the expectation is that the course will have no face-to-face component, and will require a mix of asynchronous and synchronous online meetings, then the course fits the category of remote, rather than hybrid.