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Course Format Options

Online Course Formats
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Traditional Online Courses

Complete coursework each week as your schedule allows; there are no dates or times when you must be online (sometimes referred to as asynchronous learning). Lectures, assignments and discussions are posted at the beginning of each week in Blackboard, UMass Lowell’s online learning management tool.

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Live Online Courses

Attend class remotely during specific days and times (sometimes referred to as synchronous learning). Instructors may deliver lessons from an off-campus location, from a campus classroom, lab or studio, and you’ll also make use of Blackboard, UMass Lowell’s online learning management tool.

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On-Campus Course Formats
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On-Campus Courses

Classes meet regularly on predetermined days and times in classrooms or other learning facilities on the UMass Lowell campus.

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Hybrid Courses

In addition to completing some coursework remotely via Blackboard, UMass Lowell’s online learning management tool, you’ll also attend some on-campus classes, typically in a lab, studio or other hands-on learning facility. Class time may alternate between remote learning and campus-based instruction on a daily or weekly basis.

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