Flexible Instructional Modes

All instructional modes are designed to help you reach key learning outcomes and allow you to engage with faculty, peers, and course content. Review the information about each flexible instructional mode to make the best decisions if adjusting your schedule or selecting your courses in LionPATH.

All courses at University Park with enrollment over 250 will be delivered remotely. At other Penn State campuses, the maximum number of students in an in-person setting is lower, and any class of 100 or more students must be offered remotely. Additionally, smaller classes may need to be offered remotely due to health and safety considerations for faculty and students and the restrictions that physical distancing places on class size and room availability.

Faculty will communicate how assessments will be delivered. This may be a mix of in-person and remote assessments, regardless of the delivery method of the course itself.

  • In-Person Instruction - Students meet in the assigned classroom at the time assigned in the course schedule. Students are expected to attend all classes in-person. In the event of occasional and/or temporary absence, students will follow the attendance policy of the University, with some flexibility.
  • Mixed-Mode Instruction - A combination of instructional modes is used to meet physical distancing requirements in physical spaces, while also providing students with opportunities for face-to-face interaction and access to specialized on-campus spaces and equipment.
  • Remote Synchronous Instruction - Students attend all classes remotely at the scheduled time. Faculty will identify the communication and collaboration tools appropriate for real-time student interaction and engagement in their course.
  • Remote Asynchronous Instruction - Course material is made available for students to work through on their own schedules with deadlines for activities and assessments. A variety of communication and collaboration tools are provided for student interaction and engagement.