Instructional Methods

Face-to-Face - St. Edward's is known for its small classes and personalized education.  With guidelines carefully set and followed for social distancing, small classes will meet on campus as they do in a typical semester.

Hybrid/Blended - This model incorporates face-to-face experiences with virtual components.  The exact mix will vary by course, but could include staggered class meetings for smaller groups of students.

Online - Some courses may take advantage of a fully online model including class meetings or a completely virtual experence with optional opportunities to gather with the complete class.

Online Asynchronous - Instruction for the course is completed entirely online, and regularly scheduled meeting times are not set. Instructors may schedule occasional live meetings via video conferencing software (Zoom or Google Meet) based on student schedules or requests.

Technology Requirements for Online Courses

  • Windows 10 or Mac OS 10.11 or newer computer is required for online courses. (Chromebook, smartphones, and tablet devices are not recommended)
  • At least 20 GB of free hard drive disk space
  • 4 GB Ram or more
  • Reliable Internet Connection with speeds of at least 5 Mbps (you can test your internet speed on
  • Webcam
  • Microphone

Software Requirements for Online Courses

Student Readiness for Online Courses

If students are unsure if they are a good candidate for online courses, we encourage them to take the Student Readiness Survey.

Proctoring Requirements for Online Courses

While many online courses do not require proctored exams, some do require remote proctoring via Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor. If a course requires live proctoring at a testing center, it is listed as a blended instructional method and students will be notified prior to the course start date. Exams that require live proctoring must be completed at a testing center in their local community within a two-day window determined by the instructor. Students are responsible for any testing center fees (up to $60 per exam).