Instructional Methods

GGU delivers instruction via the following synchronous (real time) and asynchronous (flexible time) instructional methods:


  • Blended*† (Synchronous and Online): Instruction alternates every other week between synchronous class meetings (either in-person or via web conference) and asynchronous class sessions delivered via GGU’s online learning platform. Students will have the option to attend the synchronous meetings either in-person or via web conference, depending on their preference. However, the terms of some forms of financial aid may require students to attend in-person at least once. Qualifies as “in residence” for international students (F-1 Visa holders) if they physically attend synchronous class meetings in-person.
  • In-Person: Instruction is delivered in-person and is enhanced with GGU’s online learning platform to facilitate some course activities and/or content delivery.
  • Mixed Mode* (Synchronous and Online): Instruction is delivered through a combination of synchronous class meetings (either in-person or via web conference) and asynchronous class sessions delivered 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 will have the option to attend the synchronous meetings either in-person or via web conference, depending on their preference. However, the terms of some forms of financial aid may require students to attend in-person at least once. Does not qualify as “in residence” for international students (F-1 Visa holders).
  • Online: Instruction is delivered entirely through asynchronous class sessions via GGU’s online learning platform. Does not qualify as “in residence” for Veteran Affairs Education Benefits or for international students (F-1 Visa holders).
  • Online/Web Conference:  Instruction is delivered predominately through asynchronous class sessions via GGU’s online learning platform, supplemented with synchronous Web Conference class meetings. Does not qualify as “in residence” for Veteran Affairs Education Benefits or for international students (F-1 Visa holders).
  • Web Conference: Instruction is delivered remotely via synchronous online video conferencing system. Sections may be cross-listed with in-person sections so that some students attend synchronous class meetings in-person while others attend remotely. Does not qualify as “in residence” for Veteran Affairs Education Benefits or for international students (F-1 Visa holders).

*Satisfies the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs definition of a “hybrid” class for BAH benefits if recipients physically attend at least one in-person class meeting.

†Counts toward “in residence” units for international students (F-1 Visa holders) if they physically attend synchronous class meetings in-person.