Blended and Online Learning
Blend and Online Learning at Adelphi makes high quality education available to a wide range of students who, because of work, family commitments or location constraints may not be able to attend classes at our brick-and-mortar campuses. The University offers both online classes (more than 80% of the class is web-based) and blended classes (30-79% of the class is delivered online).
Adelphi’s Distance Learning Policy provides a thorough overview of the guiding principles for distance learning at Adelphi and includes important information about faculty preparation, the course approval process and effective practices in online instruction and course design.
Developing an Online Course
Developing an online course should be a dedicated exercise in organization, learning new skills, and re-inventing yourself as a facilitator of learning. We advise faculty to plan for several months of development time. It is recommended that faculty teaching in Web-based learning modalities acquire competencies in online pedagogy and distance learning technologies. The Faculty Center for Professional Excellence provides faculty with hands-on training and support in course design and development, as well as in all distance learning technologies supported by the University. Faculty who would like FCPE support for online and blended course development and teaching will need to fill out a request form. Visit to fill out the form and to view recommended workshops.
Instructors are required to be available online consistently throughout the duration of the course to assist students with their studies. Course communication methods include: Virtual office hours; Email; Instant messaging; Live chat; Discussion boards; Student surveys; Virtual whiteboards
Course Approval and Policies
New Course Offerings
Each new online or blended course is approved by Adelphi faculty governance committees in the same manner that other traditional courses and programs are approved. Detailed procedures and forms are available on the Adelphi Intranet (on-campus only). See Adelphi’s Distance Learning Policy for more info.
Before teaching a traditional face-to-face course in an online or blended format, faculty need to obtain written permission from their dean or chair. Course methodology needs to be indicated when the course is open for student registration. Please let your departmental course planner know if you are using the Blended (30-79% content online) or Online (80%+ content online) methodology so they can process the course appropriately.
Online Resources for Planning and Development