Distance Learning Modalities

Definitions of Online and Blended Courses

Online Courses

A course that meets entirely online, requiring no traditional classroom time. Proctored exams may be required. A class may also include some online synchronous activity and still be considered online.

Blended Courses (not stipend eligible)

A blended course includes:

  1. Integrating online and traditional face-to-face class activities in a planned, pedagogically valuable manner.
  2. A portion of the face-to-face time —specifically from 30% to 70% is reduced by online activities and specified in the course description.

Missouri State Outreach

Missouri State Outreach, formerly The Extended Campus, is your portal to the new and innovative alternative ways you can study at Missouri State University.

With options to study online, via iCourses or interactive video, in the evenings or off-campus, you can now enjoy greater freedom and flexibility when designing your studies to fit your busy schedule.

Missouri State Online

The Missouri State Online program offers students the opportunity to obtain a degree totally online, offering a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs.

Off-Campus and Interactive Video

ITV courses utilize BearNet, a two-way, audio/video connection offering live communication between students and teachers at multiple locations. Visit the Off-campus and Interactive Video site for more information.


The iTunes U program allows students to download actual course lectures to study whenever they want, wherever they want. Visit the iCourses website for more information.