Spring 2021 Course Delivery Methods

Dear Students:

Registration for the Spring Semester will begin in a couple of weeks.  As was the case in the fall, courses will vary in their mode of delivery in order to preserve social distancing.  Courses will be online or in person.  Others will be hybrid with students meeting in class on different days of the week.  As you review the Open Course List, you can find out the details of your prospective course’s delivery by looking at the special notes on each course.  To do this:

  1. Search for the course you are interested in taking using the Open Course List.
  2. Once you have found the available sections of the course, click on the CRN number hyperlinked to the left of the course discipline and number.
  3. The course notes that appear will contain details about the arrangements for your course.  We have asked departments to categorize their courses using the options below.

Course Modality Options


Online – Asynchronous
The course is fully online and students access content on their own at a time in the day of their choosing.

Online – Synchronous
The course is fully online, but students meet in real time, on a regular schedule, with their professor and peers via Zoom or a similar platform.

Fully on Campus
All students meet in a regular classroom setting at normally scheduled times. All students can fit in the designated class space while social distancing.

Blended On Campus/Online
A combination of face-to-face and online learning. This may include an arrangement where students rotate through the classroom on different days or weeks or could involve a combination of synchronous or asynchronous activities depending on the circumstances of the course.

The course is taught predominantly online, in an asynchronous format, but students are encouraged to periodically visit a classroom or laboratory space to work on problems, projects, or group discussions in a manner that respects social distancing. The primary work of the course is done outside of class.

The course is intentionally designed to allow students to attend face-to-face or complete content online as it suits them, provided they meet the course objectives.

The course grants credit for performing an internship off-site.  The course is remote, but not considered an online course

The course grants credit for participation in a training activity or co-curricular experience, such as in some health professions, student media, forensics, etc.

Clinical/Field Experience
Learning is taking place completely or partially in a remote setting under the supervision of a professional, such as in Education or various health professions.

If you are uncertain about how a class is being delivered, contact the individual department or faculty member for more information about the plans for the course.  As the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic remains fluid, modes of delivery are subject to change due to extenuating circumstances.

Thank you for your continued patience with this process.  We hope you have had a wonderful semester so far and hope you are excited about the offerings in the spring.


Janet L. Gooch, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
203 McClain Hall
100 E. Normal Avenue
Kirksville, MO 63501
Phone: (660) 785-4105