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You may have heard the terms “remote” and “online” used interchangeably to describe the transition of courses during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, there are a few key differences between remote and online courses.

Remote Courses are courses that in normal circumstances would be offered in-person and that have been converted for remote delivery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All course activities occur remotely/online (typically through Canvas, the university’s centrally supported learning management system) with no in-person meetings required or expected. Course activities may be synchronous or asynchronous, always keeping in mind the expectation of “regular and substantive interaction between students and the instructor.” No in-person meetings means no in-person exams. All learning activities are delivered remotely/online.

Online Courses are specifically designed and predetermined to be offered online on an ongoing basis. All course activities occur online (typically through Canvas, the University’s centrally supported learning management system) with no in-person meetings required or expected. Course activities may be synchronous or asynchronous, always keeping in mind the expectation of “regular and substantive interaction between students and the instructor.” No in-person meetings means no in-person exams. All learning activities are online.

Defining Modes of Instruction and Synchronicity: https://instructionalcontinuity.wisc.edu/defining-modes-of-instruction-and-synchronicity/.

For remote and online course design and development support, please contact Nikki McIntosh at nikki.mcintosh@wisc.edu or join our faculty support office hours on Tuesdays from 11am-1pm: https://go.wisc.edu/9idz9i.