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Modes of Instruction

Familiarize yourself with the various modes of instruction that Northwestern offers.

Class schedules will clearly identify if courses have in-person components — either entirely face-to-face or a hybrid with some face-to-face meetings — and which will be entirely remote. Remote courses may be synchronous with meetings at scheduled times or they may be asynchronous. 

Mode Description Time Space
Fully Remote: Asynchronous

Remote class with no scheduled meeting time and no synchronous elements

Will not have a start/end time on class schedule

Will not be assigned campus space

Fully Remote: Synchronous

Remote class that meets at scheduled times or has other synchronous elements

Will have a start/end time on class schedule

Will not be assigned campus space

Hybrid

Class has remote component and face-to-face meetings

Will have a start/end time on class schedule

May request campus space

Face-to-Face

Class meets in-person in a campus space

Will have a start/end time on class schedule

Will use campus space.