Course Delivery Methods

Northeast Iowa Community College offers students multiple options when taking courses ranging from traditional face-to-face to completely online.

Brightspace: Brightspace by D2L, is the Learning Management System used to deliver courses and provide course-related materials to students.

HyFlex: The hybrid flexible, or HyFlex, course format is an instructional approach that combines face-to-face and online learning. Each class session and learning activity is offered in-person, synchronously remote online, and asynchronously online. 

Face-to-Face: Requires students to attend class at a campus or center location.

Online: Online courses are completely online. Students attend class from a distance on a computer or mobile device. Online instruction utilizes the web-based learning management system Brightspace to deliver instruction using multimedia tools, including interactive discussion boards, audio-video recordings, bookmarks, chat rooms, announcements and webcasts.

Online Asynchronous: Students attend class from a distance on a computer or mobile device. Instruction is recorded and can be accessed at any time. Coursework is completed according to the due dates set by the instructor.

Online Synchronous: Students attend class from a distance on a computer or mobile device. Instruction is live, online at a specific date and time. Coursework is completed according to the due dates set by the instructor.

Video Conference: Instruction is delivered synchronously, face-to-face and online, to students who may be located at various locations (classrooms or home). Classrooms have two-way audio and video allowing the instructor and students to see and hear each other. Students that are online would connect to the classrooms through an online method (Zoom).

Hybrid: Hybrid courses are a combination of face-to-face, video conference or clinical instruction with a portion of the course online. A majority (51 percent or more) of the course content is delivered using the online environment which reduces the time typically required in the traditional on-site classroom. Most hybrid courses meet a maximum of one day per week in the classroom and conduct the remainder of the learning online.

Web Enhanced: Web enhanced courses complement class sessions without reducing the number of required class meetings. A smaller percentage (less than 50 percent) of the course content is delivered online with the remainder of the course delivery occurring in the face-to-face format.

 LocationBrightspaceHyFlexInstruction DeliverMeeting TimeLab
Traditional, Face-to-Face On campus or at a service location. X X Traditional classroom Scheduled Recorded On-Demand X
Online (Asynchronous) From a distance. X   Computer or Mobile Device On-Demand X
Online Synchronous From a distance. X   Computer or Mobile Device Scheduled Recorded On-Demand X
Video Conference Face-to-face and from a distance. X X Instructors are in a classroom with two-way audio & video while students are at their own location or in the classroom. Scheduled Recorded On-Demand  
Hybrid Combination of face-to-face and from a distance. X X More than 51 percent of course is delivered online, the remainder is face-to-face. Scheduled Recorded On-Demand X
Web Enhanced Combination of face-to-face and from a distance. X X Less than 50 percent is delivered online, remainder occurs face-to-face. Scheduled Recorded On-Demand X