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Definitions of Course Delivery Formats
Technical Support & Assistance
The Instructional Technology team offers support to faculty interested in enhancing their course delivery through the use of technology.
The National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) has identified six different models for course delivery. The six models represent different points on the continuum from a fully face-to-face course to a fully online course. The six models are described below:
The Supplemental Model – The supplemental model retains the basic structure of the traditional course and a) supplements lectures and textbooks with technology-based, out-of-class activities, or b) also changes what goes on in the class by creating an active learning environment within a large lecture hall setting.
The Linked Workshop Model – The linked workshop model provides remedial/developmental instruction by linking workshops that offer students just-in-time supplemental academic support to core college-level courses.
The Replacement (or Hybrid) Model – The replacement model reduces the number of in-class meetings and a) replaces some in-class time with out-of-class, online, interactive learning activities, or b) also makes significant changes in remaining in-class meetings.
The Emporium Model – The emporium model replaces lectures with a learning resource center model featuring interactive computer software and on-demand personalized assistance.
The Fully Online Model – The fully online model eliminates all in-class meetings and moves all learning experiences online, using Web-based, multi-media resources, commercial software, automatically evaluated assessments with guided feedback and alternative staffing models.
The Buffet Model – The buffet model customizes the learning environment for each student based on background, learning preference, and academic/professional goals and offers students an assortment of individualized paths to reach the same learning outcomes.
- Blackboard Help: You can find tips, “Show & Tell” screencasts, and help sheets here.
- Individual Consults: Our Instructional Technology Specialists are available for face-to-face and/or virtual consults. Dr. Sherri Braxton (Senior Director, Instructional Technology) is also available for initial discussions with faculty to understand and support each course’s learning goals.
- MyUMBC Hybrid Community of Practice: This myUMBC Group is used for announcements and as a forum to share best practices, FYIs and hybrid-related tips.
Instructional Technology team scheduled training events: Upcoming training events are provided on the DoIT Events page.
Alternate Delivery Program (ADP): Through a partnership between DoIT and the Office of Summer & Winter Programs, faculty may apply for one-time course development support to redesign an existing course for either online or hybrid delivery in summer or winter session.
The following links provide additional details regarding tools and approaches to support effective and engaged course delivery: