Frequently Asked Questions - Online / Blended Courses

A parent's perspective

Educational technology has changed traditional teaching methods and made new, exciting learning opportunities possible for college students. At Missouri S&T, there are four modes of instruction; each mode may include some amount of online or technology-enhanced learning:

  1. (P) Classroom Based:The class may use the Internet to accompany in-person instruction.
    • Example: Class X meets MWF at 10am in TMH 199.
  2. (B) Blended Course/Reduced Seat Time:Courses include both required classroom attendance and online instruction. Classes have substantial activity conducted over the Web, which will substitute for some classroom meetings. A portion of the 750 minutes/credit hour time period for the class is delivered via the Internet rather than in a physical classroom. Blended courses are sometimes called "hybrid."
    • Example: Class Y meets MW at 10am in TMH 199 and F class time is replaced by web instruction/activities.
  3. (OS) Online Synchronous: The class is primarily online, and students must gather online at the same time regularly (weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly) for ‘meetings’ via the Internet. The class may have minimal in-person meetings, like an orientation at the start of the term or the requirement for in-person, proctored exams.
  4. (OA) Online Asynchronous: The class is primarily online although it may have minimal in-person meetings, like an orientation at the start of the term or the requirement for in-person, proctored exams.

Your student may take a combination of courses each semester.

Online and blended classes at Missouri S&T combine innovative technology with traditional coursework. These classes offer excellent opportunities for students to develop digital literacy, problem-solving, and team-building skills while offering valuable scheduling options that may help students complete their program of study on time. Taking an online or blended class in addition to face-to-face classes gives students the best of both learning worlds by providing meaningful interactions with instructors as part of engaging, technology-rich learning experiences.

Online and blended courses are taught by the same instructors who teach on campus, and are delivered online via technologies. Students may use microphones, clickers, chat, or even their cell phones to interact with instructors during class. The following video highlights the ways in which various course delivery methods help professors at Missouri S&T meet the diverse needs of their students:

Missouri S&T has a goal of Delivering Experiential Labs to All (DELTA labs). These DELTA labs can be blended, where students complete some coursework in a traditional lab and other coursework in commmon areas on campus or at home. Or they can be fully online, using lab kit matierials, online resources, and/or video content. DELTA labs are taught by the same faculty who teach traditional labs, with the same rigor, hands-on experimentation, and safety expectations. These labs are different because they provide more flexibility for students and their busy schedules.

Missouri S&T provides many resources to help students succeed. The follow links will lead to resources that will support students with any type of classes they take at Missouri S&T: