Distance Education and NonTraditional Programs

Course Comparison Chart

 

Hybrid

MTSU Online

Accelerated Online

Synchronous Online

RODP

Instruction

Hybrid classes are taught by MTSU faculty and instructors.

MTSU Online classes are taught by MTSU faculty and instructors.

MTSU Accelerated Online classes are taught by MTSU faculty and instructors and are offered in 8-week sessions each fall and spring semester.

MTSU Synchronous Online classes are taught by MTSU faculty and instructors.

RODP courses may be taught by an instructor at University of Memphis, Columbia State Community College, or another TBR school.

Course Numbering

MTSU Hybrid, Online, Accelerated and Synchronous Online courses use the same rubric and numbering system as traditional MTSU classes. A "D" section number is attached.

Some of the RODP course numbers may differ from MTSU numbers. The Course Equivalency Chart may assist students in determining if a RODP class is equivalent to the MTSU course number. An "R50" section number is attached.

Fees

MTSU Hybrid, Online, Accelerated and Synchronous Online courses cost the same as traditional MTSU courses, plus a distance education fee. See fee information for detailed listing of fees.

*Accelerated online courses do not even exchange with full-term or RODP courses once the semester begins.

The cost for RODP classes is higher than other MTSU courses. RODP courses are charged per hour and viewed separately from MTSU courses so as not to mix with the full-time cap applicable to MTSU courses in the fall and spring terms. RODP fees are computed in addition to any MTSU course fees and do not apply to the full-time maximum for MTSU registration fees.
See fee information for detailed listing of fees.

Meetings

Hybrid courses include up to 15 hours of required or mandatory campus meetings. Students may review meeting dates/times in Pipeline.

MTSU Online and Accelerated Online courses do not require any specific meeting dates and times. (May offer optional meetings or some proctored exams that may be scheduled at the students' convenience within the timeframe allowed by the instructor.)

Synchronous classes meet online at specified days and times during the semester. These meetings will create time conflicts for students taking other courses that require meetings.

RODP courses do not require any specific meeting dates and times. Some courses require a proctored midterm and/or final exam which can be scheduled by the student at a location agreed upon by the instructor (usually a university, community college, or library) within the timeframe allowed by the instructor.

Textbooks

Textbooks for MTSU Hybrid, Online, Accelerated and Synchronous Online courses may be purchased through Phillips Bookstore in person or online.

Textbooks for RODP courses may be purchased online through the Virtual Bookstore or in person at the MTSU Phillips Bookstore.

Accessing Your Course

Students access MTSU Hybrid, Online, Accelerated and Synchronous Online courses through Pipeline or at https://elearn.mtsu.edu/

Students will access RODP courses at elearn.rodp.org

Technical Support

The MTSU Help Desk (615) 898-5345 offers 24/7 technical assistance for all MTSU Distance learning courses (except RODP courses).

The RODP Help Desk (1-866-550-7637) offers 24/7 technical assistance for students enrolled in RODP courses.