Online Learning Modalities

Online learning is simply the newest form of what has traditionally been referred to as “distance learning”: a formal educational process in which the majority of instruction and interaction between instructors and students occurs when students and instructors are not in the same physical location. Online learning courses can employ the internet, broadcast, audio, video, or other recordings, but they generally originate via an online LMS (Learning Management System). Moodle, for example, is the LMS used here at the University of New Orleans. Instruction in online courses may be asynchronous or synchronous, and the difference between them is important in deciding if online learning is for you.

Asynchronous Learning

Asynchronous learning uses online learning resources to facilitate instruction outside the constraints of time and location, meaning students may take courses to accommodate their busy schedules. Asynchronous course content at UNO is available through Moodle, and our online degree programs and courses are generally asynchronous.

Synchronous Learning

Synchronous learning refers to instruction that occurs at a designated class time through synchronous tools such as Adobe Connect, WebEx and Skype. Synchronous instruction requires students to attend classes on a regular schedule.

Authentication Requirement

To protect the integrity of our educational courses and programs, the University of New Orleans takes measures to ensure that a student awarded academic credit is the same student who successfully completes course requirements. Students enrolled in any online learning course may be required to participate in authentication methods such as secure login and pass code, proctored examinations, or other technologies and practices that are effective in verifying student identification. There may be additional charges associated with proctored examinations or other verification processes. If applicable, this authentication requirement and associated fees will be clearly stated on the course syllabus.