Distance-delivered classes can be of various types depending on how much material is delivered completely online. Some classes are online with no on-ground component, some have a combination of on-ground and online sessions, and some have "virtual" meetings. Given the variations that are possible in a distance-delivered class, the following definitions have been adopted by the provost’s office to provide more clarity for students.
An online course at Loyola University Chicago is one that requires no face-to-face meetings on campus; all course activity will be conducted via the internet. There may be specific times throughout the course when students will be required to participate in real-time, virtual activities during the regularly scheduled class meeting time.
Loyola University Chicago courses that are at least 75% online and have some face-to-face campus meetings are classified as hybrid. There may be some additional, required, real-time activities conducted online during the regularly scheduled class meeting time.
A blended course at Loyola University Chicago is one that combines meetings in the traditional campus classroom with online meetings conducted over the internet. The percentage of campus meetings versus online meetings will be listed in the course description; blended courses have between 30% and 75% of class materials delivered online. Online meetings may require real-time participation of students and instructor during regularly scheduled meeting time.