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Mixed Mode Learning

What is Mixed Mode Learning?

Mixed Mode courses combine traditional classroom learning with online instruction and/or other media. Because the classroom time is significantly less than that required in a traditional course, Mixed Mode offers a convenient alternative for some students.

However, students who choose to enroll in a Mixed Mode course should be aware that the amount of material covered is the same as that in a traditional course. The difference is that a substantial portion of the coursework is completed outside the classroom, using Web-based instruction or other forms of media.

Students must attend scheduled class meetings. When planning your schedule, please note the course dates and times to avoid conflicts with other courses you are taking prior to registering for a Mixed Mode course.

Mixed Mode Student Responsibilities

Mixed Mode is a special type of course in which students experience two different (but closely related) types of learning: face-to-face (sometimes referred to as F2F) in a traditional classroom setting + some form of distance learning (usually online).

Students who choose to enroll in a Mixed Mode course have special freedom, but just as in life, freedom creates some special responsibilities. Specifically:

  • to attend face-to-face class meetings at the designated time;
  • to access the course site and contact your instructor at least once per week. Forms of contact can include (but are not limited to) posting/receiving emails, participating in online class discussions or chat rooms, and completing and submitting course assignments.
  • to fulfill obligations in both the online and the classroom modes; 
  • to exercise enough self-discipline to achieve all of the above.

Mixed Mode FAQs

Q: How proficient do I have to be on the computer?
A: You should be reasonably comfortable accessing the Internet, sending and receiving email, creating and saving documents, and following online directions for using special features of the course site. If you are a person who tends to be “afraid to click,” you are not yet a good candidate for online or mixed mode learning.

Q: How are Mixed Mode courses different from Online courses?
A: Mixed Mode courses require regular classroom attendance, while online courses typically do not. The classroom sessions offer you opportunities to reinforce material covered online, to ask questions of your instructor, and to experience all of the usual benefits of face-to-face classroom learning.

Q: If I have to come to class, why shouldn't I just take a traditional face-to-face course?
A: Mixed Mode is an ideal option for students whose schedules or lifestyle make it difficult to attend class more than once each week, but who need or desire face-to-face contact with an instructor each week. It's also a good option for students who may not have the self-discipline to succeed in a fully online course. If you have to see your instructor every week, you're more apt to do what you should!

Q: What if my computer breaks or I have trouble with my Internet access?
A: You probably already know the answer to this one. You're an adult learner. If you have trouble with your computer or Internet access, it is your responsibility to find alternative computer access. The labs on campus are open seven days a week during the semester and all public libraries (as well as TTC libraries) have Internet-ready computers, so there's really no reason that anyone should have difficulty finding workable alternatives. In short, computer problems are no excuse for not completing your online work.

Q: Do I need high-speed Internet service?
A: No, but it sure does help! If you're still using a dial-up service, you may find that course material takes a long time to load, particularly if it includes a lot of graphics or multimedia (as many courses do).

Q: If I have technical problems logging on to the course site, what should I do?
A: TTC has personnel dedicated to D2L (online or mixed mode course) technical assistance. Submit a D2L Help Request and follow up! Do not use technical difficulty as an excuse to miss days or weeks of work; you will find that instructors are not sympathetic. D2L folks are quick to rectify any problems, so you shouldn't miss more than a day of D2L access – and your instructors know that.


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