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New Course Mode Added, Three Others Updated For Fall 2023 Semester

A new remote synchronous course mode will be added to Penn State’s repertoire beginning in fall 2023. Three other types of modules will be updated, too.

The ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated that Penn State lacked the accessibility for courses to be offered entirely online. The fast adaptation of courses demonstrated a successful change in the way courses are offered at Penn State.

“The updated course modes reflect the University’s commitment to providing flexible course options and enhancing access to graduation,” Yvonne Gaudelius vice president and dean for Undergraduate Education, said.

Remote synchronous (RS) will have listed days and times when classes will meet remotely. Remote asynchronous (RA) courses will meet entirely asynchronously, and no in-class participation is required to be successful in these classes. Classes listed within the RA mode will substitute the existing WEB classes on LionPath.

The final addition to the course modes will be a hybrid between remote synchronous (RS) and remote asynchronous (RA). Classes labeled remote blended (RB) will be entirely online and merge principles of both asynchronous and synchronous teaching techniques.

Penn State also updated three different modes in order to fit the adequate standard of the changing climate. H2 courses will be 25-50% remote, where H5 courses will be instructed 51-74% online. The final H7 course will have 75% or more of the class taught asynchronously or synchronously.

Students are instructed to meet with their advisor if they have any questions, and they can visit for more information on new courses and modes. 

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Mackenzie Bruns

Mackenzie Bruns is a second-year at Penn State studying journalism and geography. She is from Macungie, Pennsylvania, which is approximately 2.5 hours away from State College (on a good day). When Mackenzie isn't writing for Onward State, you can find her scrolling through TikTok, probably watching cooking videos, or ranting about climate change. Want to reach her? Give her a holler through e-mail: [email protected]

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