Online and In-person Course Delivery
With advancements in technology, many healthcare programs have been recently redesigned to incorporate a variety of teaching modalities to strengthen the education and preparation of students.
Courses at FDU are designated to one of three different modes: online (including both synchronous and asynchronous lectures), in-person, and blended (a combination of online and in-person lectures). The designation of a course as online, in-person, or blended depends on the program in which the course is offered (e.g., graduate didactic courses are generally online while undergraduate didactic courses are generally in-person) and the desired student learning outcomes.
Each of these modes has unique advantages in the teaching and learning process. In the School of Nursing and Allied Health, courses may be enhanced by using multiple delivery modes. For instance, an online course may be enhanced by the requirement to attend in-person clinical laboratory experiences. An in-person course may include recording the classroom session so that it is viewable online for review. An in-person course may be accessible online so that students can continue their learning during bad weather or to reduce spread of infection. In-person classes may have online visiting instructors who provide unique perspectives to students.
Below is an overview of guiding principles for teaching/learning in the FDU School of Nursing and Allied Health:
- Course curriculum will be standardized and consistent in content for students who attend at either of the New Jersey campuses, or online.
- Immersive learning and clinical experiences will be strengthened, and new experiential learning opportunities provided using multiple modalities.
- All course content should be accessible remotely. Full online access of content will assure that the entirety of course content is available for students from any location, at any time. Face-to-face learning will continue where it meets learner needs and extensive clinical immersion will remain a priority.
- Students will not be penalized for not attending didactic classroom learning activities where content is concomitantly available online, but rather will engage in learning opportunities in accordance with their needs.