Instruction Modes

GGU delivers instruction via the following synchronous (same time/live) and asynchronous (own time/not live) instruction modes:


Effective for Spring 2023

  • Hybrid* (Onsite/Remote & Online) (Section Code: HSF, HWC): Instruction includes a combination of onsite and/or remote web conference class meetings and asynchronous learning via GGU’s online learning platform. Onsite class meetings may not be attended remotely. Onsite and web conference class meeting dates and times are listed on the schedule and course syllabus. Sections that offer onsite class meetings (HSF) satisfy “in residence” requirements for Veteran Affairs Education Benefits.
  • Onsite* (Section Codes: SF, SE): Instruction is always live and is delivered through onsite class meetings. Satisfies “in residence” requirements for Veteran Affairs Education Benefits and residency requirements for international students (F-1 Visa holders). 
  • Online† (Asynchronous) (Section Code: C): Instruction is always asynchronous and is delivered entirely via GGU’s online learning platform. Does not satisfy “in residence” requirements for Veteran Affairs Education Benefits. May not satisfy requirements for international students (F-1 Visa holders).
  • Online† (Synchronous) (Section Code: WC): Instruction is always live and is delivered entirely through remote web conference class meetings. Does not satisfy “in residence” units for Veteran Affairs Education Benefits. May not satisfy “in residence” requirements for international students (F-1 Visa holders).  

*Satisfies the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs definition of a “hybrid” class for BAH benefits, so long as recipients attend the on-site class meeting(s).
†International students (F-1 Visa holders) may count a maximum of 1 course (or 3 units) of these instruction modes toward their “full course of study.”  

GGU Holidays

When synchronous class meetings fall on GGU holidays, faculty have the following options:  

  • Reschedule the class meeting within the term for a day and time when most of the students will be available.
  • Substitute an online asynchronous class session via GGU’s online learning platform.

Effecttive for Fall 2022 Only

  • Blended* (Synchronous/Asynchronous) (Section Code: BSF): Instruction alternates every other week between live synchronous class meetings and asynchronous class sessions delivered via GGU’s online learning platform. Students will have the option of attending synchronous meetings either on-site or remotely via web conference, depending on their preference. Counts toward “in residence” units for Veteran Affairs Education Benefits and counts toward “full course of study” units for international students (F-1 Visa holders), so long as students attend class meetings on-site. 
  • HyFlex*† (Synchronous) (Section Code: HSF): Instruction is always live and delivered through on-site class meetings. Students will have the option of attending synchronous meetings either on-site or remotely via web conference, depending on their preference. Counts toward “in residence” units for Veteran Affairs Education Benefits, so long as students attend at least one on-site class meeting. Counts toward “in residence” units for Veteran Affairs Education Benefits and counts toward “full course of study” units for international students (F-1 Visa holders), so long as students attend class meetings on-site.
  • In-Person (Synchronous) (Section Codes: SF, SE): Instruction is always live and is delivered through on-site class meetings. Counts toward “in residence” units for Veteran Affairs Education Benefits and “full course of study” units for international students (F-1 Visa holders).
  • Mixed Mode*† (Asynchronous/Synchronous) (Section Code: MSF): Instruction is delivered through a combination of live synchronous class meetings and asynchronous class sessions via GGU’s online learning platform. The number of synchronous class meetings will vary depending on the section, but each section will have a minimum of one synchronous class meeting. Students should check the course syllabus for the exact schedule of class meetings. Students will have the option of attending synchronous meetings either on-site or remotely via web conference, depending on their preference. Counts toward “in residence” units for Veteran Affairs Education Benefits, so long as students attend class meeting(s) on-site. May not count toward “full course of study” units for international students (F-1 Visa holders).
  • Online† (Asynchronous) (Section Code: C): Instruction is always asynchronous and is delivered entirely via GGU’s online learning platform. Does not count toward “in residence” units for Veteran Affairs Education Benefits. May not count toward “full course of study” units for international students (F-1 Visa holders).
  • Web Conference† (Synchronous) (Section Code: WC): Instruction is always live and is delivered entirely through remote web conference class meetings. Does not count toward “in residence” units for Veteran Affairs Education Benefits. May not count toward “full course of study” units for international students (F-1 Visa holders).

*Satisfies the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs definition of a “hybrid” class for BAH benefits, so long as recipients attend the on-site class meeting(s).
†International students (F-1 Visa holders) may count a maximum of 1 course (or 3 units) of these instruction modes toward their “full course of study.”