Ohio State Distance Education Definitions and Labels

The consistent use of definitions and labels with distance education programs and courses is critical for compliance requirements, accreditation reporting, and clear and effective consumer information. Ohio State has adopted the Higher Learning Commission’s distance education definitions.

  • Distance course: 75% or more of instruction is offered by distance
    • Ohio State defines distance courses by two instruction modes:
      • Distance Learning (DL): 100% of instruction is offered by distance
      • Distance Enhanced (DH): 75-99% of instruction is offered by distance
  • Distance program: 50% or more of the courses offered in a program are distance courses
    • Students in Ohio State Online programs are enrolled in the ONL (Online Learning) Subplan
    • OSU does not include minors as a stand-alone educational credential for distance education

NOTE: OSU interprets instruction as formalized instruction.

In order to serve a larger set of potential students and to meet university goals, ODEE advocates distance programs that are 100% at a distance.

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eLearning is broadly inclusive of all forms of educational technology in teaching and learning. eLearning occurs when learning opportunities are directed via electronic media, typically on the internet. eLearning can occur in or out of the classroom and is particularly suited to distance learning and other technology-empowered learning models, such as Hybrid, Flipped, and HyFlex. Ohio State has developed a series of instruction mode labels to accommodate these different forms of eLearning.

  • Distance Learning (DL): 100% of class activities completed by students at a distance from the campus of enrollment
  • Distance Enhanced (DH): 75-99% of class activities completed by students at a distance from the campus of enrollment
  • Hybrid Delivery (HY): 1-74% of class activities completed by students at a distance from the campus of enrollment
  • In Person (P): 0% of class activities completed by students at a distance from the campus of enrollment