Most undergraduate courses and/or course components for the winter 2021 semester will be delivered in an alternative delivery format through CourseLink and other online platforms. What do these delivery formats mean?
- Asynchronous (AD-A; REMOTE) learning happens without the need for real-time interaction. It has no requirement for attendance at a specific time or location for any activities or exams. Your instructor will provide materials for reading, lectures for viewing, and assignments and assessments with deadlines, and you can access the material and satisfy these requirements based on your own schedule.
One example of asynchronous learning at U of G is Distance Education (DE), which uses a variety of tools and resources to provide students with an enriched and flexible online learning experience. DE courses will display differently than other asynchronous courses on WebAdvisor; please see the "How will courses display on WebAdvisor" section.
- Synchronous (AD-S; VIRTUAL) learning happens in real time. This means that you, your classmates, and your instructor interact through a specific online medium (e.g., Zoom), at a specific time (e.g., 9:30 to 10:20, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) for some or all course activities. Attendance at a specific location is not expected for any activities or exams.
Traditional face-to-face course delivery may take place in some programs. Refer to WebAdvisor to determine if your course involves face-to-face instruction. Health and safety protocols will be in effect for all face-to-face courses on campus. These include wearing masks and allowing for physical distancing, which will require allowing yourself up to 30 minutes both before and after each face-to-face class. Please keep this in mind when selecting and scheduling courses.
How will courses display on WebAdvisor?
For help determining whether a course has asynchronous, synchronous and/or face-to-face components when searching and registering on WebAdvisor, click on the buttons below to view screenshots.
For asynchronous courses that are not specifically Distance Education (DE; see description above), the "Meeting Information" column will have "TBA" for the days and times and show "AD-A, Room Remote." Here's an example of how an asynchronous course will appear in the WebAdvisor search results:
DE courses will have "DE" beside the course code in the "Section Name and Title" column. In the "Meeting Information" column, it will say "Distance Education Days TBA." Here's an example of how a DE course will appear in the WebAdvisor search results:
Synchronous courses will show the specific day(s) and time in the "Meeting Information" column. It will also say "AD-S, Room Virtual" in that column. Here's an example of how a synchronous course will appear in the WebAdvisor search results:
Face-to-face courses will show the day(s), time, building and room number in the "Meeting Information" column. Here's an example of how a face-to-face course will appear in the WebAdvisor search results:
Some courses will have a mixture of delivery formats, with the lecture offered in one format and the lab/tutorial offered in a different format.
Here's an example of a course that has an asynchronous lecture (as indicated by "AD-A, Room Remote" and days and times as "TBA" for "LEC") and a synchronous lab (as indicated by "AD-S, Room Virtual" for "LAB"):
Here's an example of a course that has a synchronous lecture (as indicated by "AD-S, Room Virtual") and a face-to-face lab/tutorial: