Course Instructional Modes

There are three main Course Instructional Modes (CIM) at Algonquin College: Face-to-face, Hybrid and Online. For information on these instructional modes click on the links below.

Face-to-Face CIM Hybrid CIM Online CIM


Face-to-Face Course Instructional Mode (CIM)

Icon of instructor teaching a classA course delivered in the Face-to-Face (F2F) course instructional mode is delivered in the traditional classroom setting. This means that all scheduled normative hours take place in the physical classroom. F2F classroom interaction takes the form of in-person, real-time interaction between the professor and the students, and among the students themselves, but does not exclude the use of technology-enabled teaching and learning. A F2F classroom still affords many opportunities to present material to students using engaging online tools and technologies. These tools can also create efficiencies by allowing students to complete and share activities and assessments in the classroom. As with all other CIMs, students are still expected to spend additional hours completing homework and working on course assessments in addition to their normative course hours.

What Does a Face-to-Face (F2F) CIM Look Like?

The number of Face-to-Face classroom hours per week will vary depending on the total number of course hours, the way in which a course is loaded, room and space requirements, and the occurrence of holidays and reading breaks.

A typical 45 hour F2F CIM will be taught for three hours per week over the course of a fifteen week semester. These three hours may occur all at once in one three hour  weekly classroom session, or be divided into one, 2 hour session and one, 1 hour session within a given week.

While a F2F CIM takes place entirely in the physical classroom, policy #AA42 requires that ALL courses make use of the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) to structure the course and convey key information to students.


Hybrid Course Instructional Mode (CIM)

Icon showing students learning in and out of classA course delivered in the Hybrid (or blended) course instructional mode combines in-class instruction and activities with flexible, guided online learning and activities. Online activities in Hybrid courses engage students with independent, active learning that is directed, performed and/or submitted via a course learning management system (LMS), e.g., Blackboard™.

What Does a Hybrid CIM Look Like?

A Hybrid CIM allows for many possible combinations of in-class and online instruction, interaction and activities, as well as a wide variety of student deliverables. The typical weekly balance is:

  • F2F Classroom = 2 hours + Online = 1 hour

This pattern occurs on a weekly basis for the duration of the academic term.

Other Hybrid arrangements, such as 1:1, 2:2 and 3:1, are also possible depending on programmatic requirements. In all cases, consistent weekly distribution and engagement with technology is a constant feature.

Need help developing a new or converting an existing course to hybrid?

Contact your school’s Curriculum Consultant to set up an initial development meeting and check out our Hybrid Curriculum Resources.


Online Course Instructional Mode (CIM)

Icon of student working on a laptopAll teaching and learning activities occur online through the use of Blackboard (Algonquin College’s Learning Management System). Within Blackboard, students and faculty communicate with each other, submit assignments, and collaborate on projects. Online programs allow students to personalize their study and homework schedule, and it is essentially the same workload as a face-to-face course.

All Algonquin Online courses give you the same accreditation and certification that on campus courses and programs do.

What does an Online CIM look like?

Algonquin College’s online courses integrate a quality assurance framework for its approach to continuous improvement and standardization. As such, many of Algonquin College’s online courses include key elements such as: Course Overview and Introduction, Learning Objectives and Competencies, Assessment and Measurement, Instructional Materials, Learner Interaction and Engagement, and Course Technology. For more information on this framework, please refer to our HOQAS website.

Need help developing a new online course?

Contact your school’s Curriculum Consultant to set up an initial development meeting and check out our online Curriculum Resources.