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E-Learning and Instructional Support

Kresge Library, Room 430
100 Library Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4479
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Office and Virtual Help: (248) 805-1625

What is an Online Program?

Oakland University offers a growing number of online programs that range from partially to 100% online. There are many different definitions of what constitutes an online program. The following will help you understand how online learning is defined at Oakland University:

A program where all courses are delivered 100% online. In these programs, students never have to come to Oakland University's campus. There may still be synchronous class meetings, experiential learning components and even some required in-person courses or meetings.

If any part of a 100% online course requires the student to be in-person, an online or ‘local to the student’ alternative will be made available.
Synonyms: 100% online, Distance education, Fully at a distance, Online program

If a program is offered partially online, that means that there is some combination of online and on-campus coursework. A partially online programs at Oakland University consist of 50-99% of the courses being offered online.
Synonyms: Hybrid, Blended, Primarily online, Partially at a distance

A program where all courses are delivered in the HyFlex format.
A HyFlex course gives the student the choice to attend either in-person or synchronously online, providing students with flexibility. This means that students could take the course fully online or they could come to campus for every session, treating it as a regular in-person course. Alternatively, they could do a mix, where they come in-person at times, and join online at other times.