Learning Formats


Questions to Ask About Learning Formats

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What learning formats/options are available?

There are face-to-face options that are entirely in person, hybrid models that are a mixture of face-to-face and online, or entirely online. Most institutions will provide a description/definition in the catalog or in the class schedules.

  • Classroom
  • Online/distance education
  • Hybrid classes offered both online and in-person

What is the frequency and time of meeting times?

  • Weekdays
  • Weeknights
  • Weekends
  • Variable
  • Your Choice (Independent Study, arranged with a faculty member)
  • What other options are available?

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Are any courses or programs offered through Competency-Based Education (CBE)?

Read up on the learning experiences of courses offered through competency-based education.

Sources of Information

Competency-based Education Network



Does the institution offer any accelerated paths?

You may have acquired knowledge through your work or other experiences that could help you satisfy the requirements of a course through challenge exams or other assessments without having to take the entire course.