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Blended Delivery and Nontraditional Face-to-Face Courses

In addition to Internet-based delivery modes, we also offer courses through mixed (or blended) delivery modes and accelerated formats, such as Weekend Courses, and Independent Study.

These flexible learning options are designed to meet the needs of students whose schedules do not fit into traditional class times. Here at the CTL, we are prepared to offer support for faculty who teach through these deliver modes. Please read further to learn more about effective teaching through these nontraditional formats.

Overview of Blended Delivery
In blended courses, students experience face-to-face instruction, Internet-delivered instruction, and/or learn independently through audio-visuals to achieve course objectives. These options provide a flexible option for students who may not be available to come to campus during traditional class times.

Blended courses require less time in a face-to-face classroom setting on campus, but may require students to use the Internet or a local public library to access learning resources. To be successful in any nontraditional course, both faculty and student must commit to teaching and learning in an unorthodox way. This commitment usually requires initiative, dedication, and lots of time and effort for all involved.


Independent Study
Independent Study courses allow students study the same course materials and complete the same assignments as a traditional course, but while working independently with faculty mentoring and guidance.


Weekend Courses
Weekend classes provide another option for students, especially those whose job and family obligations prevent them from taking classes during the week.