Wondering where to start?
Western offers classes in a variety of instructional formats. COVID-19 precautions prompted us to move most of our classes to online or alternative methods through the Spring 2021 term. Summer and Fall 2021 will be scheduled with expanded face-to-face options, and some courses may continue to use a combination of methods, including:
In-Person – Traditional face-to-face class.
Compressed – Face-to-face class delivered in less than the standard term length, which requires an increased workload for the student in a shorter amount of time.
Interactive Distance Learning (IDL) – Meets in-person on a Western campus or regional location. Uses video cameras and microphones to broadcast the interactive class from one campus location to one or more other locations.
Online – Classes can be taken anywhere at any time of the day.
Computer Conferencing – Classes are offered live over web-based video conferencing, such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Blackboard, etc. Students attend designated days and times for an interactive class experience.
Blended – Classes that combine face-to-face classroom instruction with online instruction. The online portion is less than 50% of the time.
Hybrid – These are also classes that combine face-to-face classroom instruction with online instruction. But, the online portion is 50% or more of the time.
Any of the above formats may require the use of technology and internet access to participate in the class or access standard educational technology. Some formats also require audio and video capability.
Western offers assistance to help with the transition to classes in any format. The Learning Commons can walk you through how to use the computer programs/software as well as provide tips for being successful.
Plus, for the Spring 2021 term, Western is providing free wireless internet service in designated parking lots.
New in 2021! Western is piloting a unique flexible experience where students can learn and progress through course material at your own pace. Beginning Fall 2021, two of our manufacturing programs will be offered through Competency-Based Education (CBE). Learn more about CBE programs.