Course Types

Over the course of the pandemic, changes to course types have occurred in the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters out of necessity. Effective Summer 2021 and Fall 2021, we will be returning to traditional definitions of course types at MTSU.  While there are many different course types at MTSU, the most common ones are:

Examples of other course types include Independent Study, Clinicals, Practicums, and Research courses. When looking at your schedule or looking up classes in PipelineMT, you can identify course types by the location, meeting type, or attributes of the course. See descriptions of each course type below, along with screenshots of how to identify them.  If you have any concerns about how a course will be offered, please contact the instructor of the course or the department offering the course. 

A few notes about course types:

  • Out-of-state students seeking to take advantage of the eRate tuition must be in "Online" courses only.  Registering for any courses with a meeting pattern, including Remote or Hybrid courses, will not qualify a student for eRate tuition.
  • The Distance Education course fee will continue to be waived for the Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 semesters. (this fee had previously been waived in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 as well).
  • Course types are not changed on courses once Priority Registration has started for a semester and students are registered in the course. Any changes to a course type would require the course to be canceled entirely. Students would then have to choose a different section of that course or another course entirely. Departments will send an email notification to enrolled students if a course has to be canceled for any reason before the semester begins.

 


CONVENTIONAL COURSES

  • All instruction takes place on-ground and in-person.
  • In Pipeline these courses will have scheduled days/times and assigned classrooms.

On Pipeline under "Look Up Classes" you can identify Conventional courses by their meeting days, times, and location as seen in the blue boxes below:Conventional Course

 

 

WEB-ASSISTED COURSES

  • A combination of in-person instruction and asynchronous online work. All in-person instruction occurs during the course's scheduled days/times.
  • The students will meet in-person 50% or more of a regularly scheduled Conventional course.
  • In Pipeline, these courses will have scheduled days/times and assigned classrooms. These courses are designated with an attribute of “Web-Assisted Course.”

On Pipeline under "Look Up Classes" you can identify Web-Assisted courses by the attribute in the far right column. Days, times and location are included:Web-Assisted Course

 

On Pipeline under "Schedule (Grid Format)" you can identify Web-Assisted courses under the "Session:Meet Type:Course Dates" column, listed as a "WAST" meeting type. See the blue box below. The arrow is pointing to the days and times of the course a student is required to meet on campus:Web-Assisted Schedule

 


 

REMOTE COURSES

  • All instruction is delivered online via Zoom or other university-approved platforms (Microsoft Teams, etc.).
  • Instruction will be synchronous, meaning students will participate in instruction sessions at the assigned times of the course just like they would with a Conventional course. 
  • In PipelineMT the location will be listed as REMOTE to help you easily identify if the course is delivered this way.

On Pipeline under "Look Up Classes" you can identify Remote courses by the attribute in the far right column. Days and times are included for when students will be required to meet for instruction, and the location of the course is listed as "REMOTE/REMOTE": Remote Course

 

 On Pipeline under "Schedule (Grid Format)" you can identify Remote courses under the "Location" column, listed as a "REMOTE/REMOTE" location. See the blue box below. Days and times are included for when students will be required to meet for online instruction:Remote Schedule

   


 

HYBRID COURSES

  • Instruction is a combination of in-person and online. All in-person instruction occurs during the courses’ scheduled days/times.
  • The students will meet in-person less than 50% of the time of a regularly scheduled Conventional course and typically not on a weekly basis.
  • In Pipeline, these courses will have scheduled days/times and assigned classrooms. These courses are designated with a “D” in the section number.

On Pipeline under "Look Up Classes" you can identify Hybrid courses by the fact it is online, but also has meeting dates on campus. Days, times and location are included for the assigned meeting dates, but the rest of the course is held online as indicated in the Location column and since the course Section Number starts with the letter "D": Hybrid Course

 

On Pipeline under "Schedule (Grid Format)" you can identify Hybrid courses under the "Session:Meet Type:Course Dates" column, listed as a "HYBR" meeting type. See the blue box below. The location of the course is "ONLINE/ONLINE," but there are also meeting days, times, and locations listed below that when a student will meet on campus. The course Section Number starts with the letter "D":Hybrid Schedule

  


 

ONLINE COURSES

  • Instruction is entirely online in D2L.
  • In PipelineMT, these courses do not have scheduled days/times or assigned classrooms.
  • These courses are designated with a “D” in the section number.

 On Pipeline under "Look Up Classes" you can identify Online courses by the attribute in the far right column that says "Distance Learning" and the Location of the course listed as "ONLINE/ONLINE." Days, times and location are NOT included, instead just showing "TBA" as the time to meet.Online Course

 

On Pipeline under "Schedule (Grid Format)" you can identify Online courses under the "Location" column, listed as an "ONLINE/ONLINE" location. See the blue box below. The meeting type is also listed as "ONLN" and there are no days and times on the course.  You can see this student also has a Web-Assisted course on their schedule in addition to multiple online courses.Online Schedule

 

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