Northeastern Illinois University’s Spring 2021 semester will begin on Jan. 11. 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.

In Person: This is the most common type of class, meeting on campus at the set days/times. Students meet for class and do independent work outside of class. Check with the instructor or see the course syllabus for details. 

Remote Learning: This class meets virtually at set days/times that students are “present” for. The ratio of meetings and independent work varies by instructor. Check with the instructor or see the course syllabus for details. 

Online: This class has no set meeting times; students work independently through the course materials on D2L or a similar platform, submitting their work to meet deadlines. There may be group work, discussions, etc., that students complete collaboratively. The instructor is available for assistance via office hours, email, etc. Check with the instructor or see the course syllabus for details.

Hybrid: This class mixes in-person, campus meetings with outside activities and assignments. This class has fewer classroom meetings than an in-person class (defined above). A significant amount of work will be done outside of the classroom. Students can expect work and/or virtual activities every week. Check with the instructor or see the course syllabus for details.

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.