Contact hours for the online course | Digital Learning Office

Online courses must have the equivalent number of contact hours per student credit hour as those delivered in other modalities. The student credit hour is an amount of work represented in the expected learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an equivalency established by the institution that reasonably approximates at least :

  1. One hour of in-class or direct faculty instruction (defined as a nominal class hour of 50 minutes) and a minimum of two hours of student work outside of class each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one hour semester credit or equivalent amount to work on a different duration; Where
  2. At least an amount of work equivalent to that required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution, including laboratory work, internships, internships, studio work and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours. The amount of academic credit granted for these other academic activities is specified in UAM 6.081.

This definition applies in all cases where academic credit is awarded to students, whether the instruction is provided face-to-face, online, distance learning, hybrid or by another mode.

For the typical three-credit class, a student is expected to be engaged in classroom learning experiences of 150 minutes x 15 weeks = 2250 minutes. This means that the student must spend the equivalent time in their online classroom participating in discussion forums, taking quizzes/exams, watching videos or PowerPoint slides, reading information on websites linked Web, to review lectures or any other element engaging the student. the online class. Recommended calculations for time per online activity can be found in the attached table [see following page]. Homework hours at the University of Nevada, Reno should equate to approximately two hours per class contact hour for any given course. Items that fulfill homework hours are reading course text, completing formal writing/research assignments, answering questions about reading text, conducting research, preparing for exams, and other non-class course requirements.

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