Instructional Methods

The instructional method indicates the way the content of the course will primarily be delivered.

Common (but not all) instructional methods are traditional, online, and blended. Students can search for how a class will be taught by using the “advanced search” option in the registration toolbox.

Instructional Method Definitions:


Traditional means that the class is an in-person course where both students and instructors meet in the classroom for the duration of the semester. There is a potential for the instructor to incorporate (no more than 29%) online instruction or zoom instruction, but much of the class time will be done in-person.


Online means that the majority of the class (and in some cases the entire class) will be conducted “online”. If you see a class that has an instructional method of “Online 100%” this means the class is totally online. If you see an instructional method of “Online 80-99%” this means that there is a requirement to be in-person (on campus) at some point in the semester either for an exam, guest speaker or other learning activity. In some cases, you may see a date and time for an online 100% class. This means that the instructor has designated that the students will need to log-on and participate in class at that time (for example a zoom lecture)


Blended is where the instructor has designed the course to have a sizable part (up to 79%) offered in an online format. Many of these classes will have a blend of in-person and online meetings. The online part of the class may require the students to participate at a specific time which the class will have listed.

How To Select An Instructional Method:

  1. Login to the Registration Toolbox on MyIUP and enter the appropriate registration term.
  2. Select "Advanced Registration."
    advanced search button
  3. The menu will expand to view the Instructional Method field.
    instructional method field
  4. To bring up the list of selections, click inside the field.
    instructional method selections
  5. Select an Instructional Method then select "Search."
    search button
  6. A list of eligible courses will then appear.