Types of Course Formats

The choice of format for the online version of your course is yours, subject to a few key constraints based on the College's guidelines for remote teaching and learning and the Registrar's available options for course catalog listings. 

College Guidelines

  • Every student in your course, regardless of where they are in the world, should be expected to participate in 2-4 hours of synchronous interaction with you, your teaching staff, and/or their peers each week. A student watching a recording of a class session they did not attend does not count as synchronous interaction time. 

  • Students should be able to make progress toward their degree with robust curricular choices without having to attend classes in the middle of the night in their local time zone. 

  • Faculty and TFs weekly teaching time should be comparable to what would be spent in an on-campus semester.

Within these constraints there is substantial room for creativity and customization to a format that suits your pedagogical preferences, your class size, and the role of your course in the curriculum. The list of formats below will include something to fit most courses, but it is not exhaustive. Once you see how these models fit both the constraints and the catalog options, you can pick one or create your own variation that best meets your teaching goals.

Consult the Course Format Wizard to help you narrow in on some good options for your course. We recommend that you use it together with the more in-depth descriptions of the models you can click on below in order to help you think about how to structure your teaching time and the 2-4 hours of synchronous time students are expected to spend weekly. 

Once  you've selected your course format, consider using a course timeline to guide your planning process.