Face-to-face (F2F) / full-contact learning
The course is offered in a physical classroom or facility, with lecturers/facilitators and students all present in person. Summative assessments predominantly occur in brick-and-mortar facilities. Most of the teaching, learning and assessment is facilitated on campus or in the classroom. Face-to-face (F2F) learning allows for different teaching and learning methodologies to be used, and may involve a blend of traditional classroom methods and online interaction (Stellenbosch University: Modes of Delivery). For assistance and/or support pertaining to this mode of delivery, please contact your faculty advisor at the Centre for Teaching and Learning.
At SU, blended learning (BL) refers to the pedagogically sound utilisation of digital learning technologies, combined with the integration of a variety of learning and teaching methodologies. At the CLT we prefer the following definition:
Blended learning is realised in teaching and learning environments where there is an effective integration of different modes of delivery, models of teaching and styles of learning as a result of adopting a strategic and systematic approach to the use of technology combined with the best features of face-to-face interaction (Krause, 2007, as cited in Bath & Bourke, 2010).
BL, as an overarching pedagogical approach, can be applied in both conventional face-to-face (F2F) and hybrid learning (HL) contexts. It allows for a combination of synchronous F2F (real-time engagement between students and lecturer/tutor in a specific space at the same time, whether F2F or virtually) and asynchronous online (self-paced from different locations and at different times) learning. BL still acknowledges the best features of F2F, with a combination of appropriate online engagement to enrich and support the learning experience of students (Stellenbosch University: Modes of Delivery). In this mode of delivery, the CLT and blended learning coordinators (BLCs) in the faculties work closely together to augment teaching, learning and assessment with learning technologies.
With blended learning we aim to create engaging learning opportunities for students that would otherwise not have been possible in conventional face-to-face or online courses. We do this with the aid of learning technologies (e.g. SUNLearn, MS Teams or Adobe Connect, to name just a few).
The global COVID-19 crisis has caused several major changes in higher education within an exceptionally short period of time. At SU, as at most other institutions, the sudden suspension of on-campus activities to curb the spread of the virus resulted in a rapid shift to a fully online delivery mode. Yet it is important to note that online teaching, learning and assessment during a time of crisis and the conventional development of fully online courses are two different approaches. Nevertheless, the one could feed into the other: Building on the new knowledge we gained and the practices and approaches we developed during the crisis could pave the way for sensible and sustainable blended, hybrid or fully online engagement in the future. The lessons learnt during this period could also influence possible shifts in our F2F offering going forward.
During 2021, SU moved from the ERTLA of 2020 to the current Augmented (rather than Emergency) Remote Teaching, Learning and Assessment (ARTLA). A differentiated approach, with a mixture of BL, HL and online learning (OL) components, has been followed. There is flexibility across SU on the application of ARTLA and a uniform approach will not be followed by all faculties. Contact an advisor at the CLT, a BLC in your faculty or the Learning Technologies Support team for further consultation.
Hybrid learning (HL) is a mode of academic course delivery that combines short periods of face-to-face contact time between the lecturer and students with a significant level of facilitated online learning. By utilising SUNLearn as virtual learning space, HL is particularly suited for students for whom the opportunity cost of full-time residential studies on the premises of an academic institution is unaffordable.
The HL mode of delivery host a combination of F2F and fully online learning. Students meet with learning facilitators for block contact sessions (short term, e.g. a week at a time) in a physical learning space, which can be geographically distributed beyond SU's current campuses. A large part of the learning, however, is facilitated online via the internet.
The CLT provides extensive support for the HL project:
- project coordination by the hybrid learning coordinator
- pedagogical advice from CLT advisors
- learning design through a team of dedicated learning designers
- multimedia advice, design, recordings and production and
- SUNLearn support allocated to the HL project.
Currently, faculties can apply for programmes and/or courses to be delivered in this modality. However, there is an application procedure that needs to be followed. Should such an application not be successful and the need still arises to deliver a course in this modality, do not hesitate to contact the CLT advisors for a consultation and/or advice.
Visit the Hybrid Learning website for more information.
Also known as distance education, the bulk of the course in the online learning (OL) mode of delivery is offered via digital technology. Students spend 30% or less of their notional learning hours in the conventional F2F mode of delivery. Most of the teaching and learning interactions therefore are asynchronous. Such a modality allows for students to engage with learning material at different times and from different locations.
Take note: SU is not accredited to offer programmes fully online. An exception was made for all higher education institutions to offer programmes online during the Covid-19 pandemic (during ERTLA). At SU, the courses in this modality are offered mostly as short courses and not as academic courses. Although no academic courses at SU are offered in this mode of delivery, there are online learning principles and digital pedagogies (teaching and learning methods) applicable to BL, HL and ARTLA.
Contact the CLT advisors for more information pertaining to OL principles, advice and/or digital pedagogies in this mode of delivery.