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Instruction Mode and Learning Mode

Coding Instruction Mode and Learning Mode for Class Sections

Instruction Mode and Learning Mode are fields on the Maintain Schedule of Classes and Schedule New Course pages in PeopleSoft. Every class section must have these two fields populated. Leaving either field blank will prevent changes to the section from being saved.

Instruction Mode

Instruction Mode is a field on the Basic Data page. Data in this field describes how the overall class is taught, using the instruction modes identified in Policy Statement 03-11:

Instruction Mode List. Shows Instruction Mode and Description Mode 03 - Description Hybrid (Face to Face & Online). Mode 04 - Online Only. Mode P - Traditional (Face to Face).

The Class Search via MyCSULB and Viewable Schedule of Classes on the Enrollment Services website both use this data element to provide accurate information to students. Therefore, it is important to ensure data in the instruction mode field is correct.

Definitions for Instruction Mode

Determine the proper code using the following criteria:

  • Traditional (Face to Face) - a course offering that depends on face-to-face contact such as lecture, discussion, demonstration, and direct exchange of materials as the primary method of communication. Face to Face courses usually have a fixed day and time and are scheduled in a classroom, laboratory, or studio. However, courses with a TBA meeting pattern, such as Supervision, can also have an instruction mode of Face to Face. The majority of classes are scheduled in a Face to Face format.
  • Hybrid (Face to Face & Online) - a course offering that depends on both academic technology and face-to-face contact as significant components of communication between student and instructor and among students. One-third to two-thirds of the student/faculty and student/student contact time is online. The remaining communication is face-to-face, similar to a traditional class.
  • Online (Online only) - a course offering in which the majority of the instruction occurs when the student and instructor are not in the same place. An online course uses Academic Technology to mediate most teaching and learning, but it may require up to two hours of face-to-face meetings per unit on campus within the given semester. These face-to-face class meetings may be used for activities such as orientation, special in-class presentations, or exams.

Learning Mode

Learning Mode is a field in the Meeting APDB Mapping Values link on the Maintain Schedule of Classes or Schedule New Course component in PeopleSoft. Data in this field tracks the extent to which technology enables the CSU to provide instruction without the need for additional classroom space. Although a class can only have one Instruction Mode, it may have more than one Learning Mode. If a class has multiple meeting patterns, each meeting pattern will have its own Learning Mode.

Learning Mode A - Asynchronous

Definitions for Learning Mode

Determine the proper code using the following criteria:

  • F = (Face to Face) - Class meetings are conducted with an instructor in a contained classroom at a specified day and time. Nearly all classroom courses fit these criteria and should be reported as "F". Supervision course sections would also be typically reported as ‘F.’
  • S = Syncchronous - Class meetings are not taught face-to-face and do not use specific classroom space but occur at a regularly scheduled time. Example: a section meeting in which students must be online at a specific time.
  • A = Asynchronous - Class meetings are not taught face-to-face, use no specific classroom space, and do not occur at a regularly scheduled time. Example: a section meeting with no scheduled days and times.

Steps for Adding/Changing Instruction Mode and Learning Mode Information:

The following steps will walk you through the process of selecting the appropriate instruction mode from the list of valid Instruction Mode options:

Traditional (Face to Face)

  • Step 1
    Go to the Maintain Schedule of Classes or Schedule New Course component. On the Basic Data tab you will see the Instruction Mode field.
  • Step 2
    The Instruction Mode field will default to "P", Traditional (Face to Face) when adding a new class section. If your section is taught in-person, no changes are necessary.
  • Instruction Mode Traditional. Shows Class Sections page with Instruction Mode field highlighted with a red box.  Inside the box, the Instruction Mode states P - Traditional (Face to Face).

  • Step 3
    Go to the Meetings tab and add the day and time to the Meeting Pattern. Add the classroom if you know it. Next click the Meeting APDB Mapping Values link.
  • Meeting pattern populated with Day, Time, and Room.  Red arrow pointing to Meeting APDB Mapping Values link.

    Enter "F" into the Learning Mode field and click OK.

    Meeting APDB Mapping Values Link.  Learning Mode field is populated with "F" meaning Face to Face.  A red arrow is pointing to the Learning Mode field.

Hybrid (Face to Face & Online)

  • Step 1
    Go to the Maintain Schedule of Classes or Schedule New Course component. On the Basic Data tab you will see the Instruction Mode field.
  • Step 2
    Change the Instruction Mode field to "03", Hybrid, when adding a new section.
  • Hybrid Instruction Mode. Shows Class Sections page with Instruction Mode field highlighted with a red box. Inside the box, the Instruction Mode states 03 -  Hybrid (Face to Face and Online).

  • Step 3
    Go to the Meetings tab and add the day and time to the Meeting Pattern.  Add the classroom if you know it. Next click the Meeting APDB Mapping Values link.
  • Meeting pattern populated with Day and Time.  Red arrow pointing to Meeting APDB Mapping Values link.

    Enter "F" into the Learning Mode field and click OK.

    Meeting APDB Mapping Values Link.  Learning Mode field is populated with "F" meaning Face to Face.  A red arrow is pointing to the Learning Mode field.

  • Step 4
    Add a second meeting pattern and list "Online" in the Facility ID field. Leave the rest of the second meeting pattern blank. Click the Meeting APDB Mapping Values link.
  • Meeting Pattern with Online Only populated in Facility field.  Time and Day fields are empty.  Red arrow pointing to Meeting APDB Mapping Values.

Enter "A" into the Learning Mode field and click OK.

  • Step 5
    On the Notes tab, add class note #179 or other appropriate note to provide students with additional information.
  • Class Note for Hybrid Instruction Mode. Shows Class Notes Tab.  Class Note 179 displays in Note Number field.  Class Note states: Hybrid course.  Additional hours required outside the classroom. Check with department for more information.

    Online (Online only)

    • Step 1
      Go to the Maintain Schedule of Classes or Schedule New Course component. On the Basic Data tab you will see the Instruction Mode field.
    • Step 2
      Change the Instruction Mode field to "04", Online Only, when adding a new section.
    • Meeting APDB Mapping Values. Red arrow pointing to Learning Mode field. Field is populated with Asynchronous.Online Only Instruction Mode. Shows Class Sections page with Instruction Mode field highlighted with a red box.  Inside the box, the Instruction Mode states 04 -  Online Only.

    • Step 3
      Go to the Meetings tab and enter "Online" in the Facility ID field. If the class does not have a fixed day and time to meet online then leave the rest of the meeting pattern blank. Click the Meeting APDB Mapping Values link.
    • Facility field populated Online Only.  Day and Time fields empty.  Red Arrow pointing to Meeting APDB Mapping Values link.

      Enter "A" into the Learning Mode field and click OK.

      Meeting APDB Mapping Values. Red arrow pointing to Learning Mode field. Field is populated with Asynchronous.

    • Step 4

      If the class has a fixed day and time to meet online then enter "Online" in the Facility ID field and complete the meeting pattern with the day and time. Note: a meeting pattern must have both a day and a start and end time.

      Click the Meeting APDB Mapping Values link.

    • Meeting pattern with Online Only in Facility ID, plus days and times populated.  Arrow pointing to Meeting APDB Mapping Values link.

      Enter "S" into the Learning Mode field and click OK.

      Note: The Locations fields that appear with a Synchronous learning Mode are not being used on this campus.

      Meetng APDB Mapping Values Link. Meeting APDB Mapping Values link.  An arrow points to the Learning Mode field populated with S for Synchronous.

    • Step 5
      On the Notes tab, add class note #31 or other appropriate note to provide students with additional information.
    • Online Only Class Note . Shows Class Note Tab.  The Note Number Field is populated with note 31.  The note says: Course taught entirely on-line; no formal class meetings. For information and course access call department or instructor.

    Using CS-Link Reports to Identify Instruction Mode:

    Instruction Mode data "rolls" from semester to like semester. Make sure to confirm that you have the correct instruction mode for all your sections when building your class schedule for a new term.

    The Class Schedule Data Report (LBSR0419) and the Class Schedule Data with Facility Information Report (LBSR419F) have a column which displays Instruction Mode. Since these reports are in Excel, you can sort them by Instruction Mode. You can also run the report by instruction mode and select specific instruction mode values, e.g. Online Only or Hybrid classes. Refer to the Report Guides for more details on running reports.

    CS-Link Report 00419F for Instruction Mode. Shows a segment of CS-Link Report LBSR0419F.  The title: REPORT LBSR0419F is outlined in red at the top left of the picture.  The report headings run across the top of the picture and are: Subject, Catalog Number, Section, Class Number and Instruction Mode Description.  The heading for Instruction Mode Description is outlined in red.