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MSU Online

Announcing HAWKFlex Teaching for Fall 2020

Beginning Fall of 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, MSU will be implementing five instructional modalities intended to minimize any need for currently registered students to change their schedules, enabling most fall 2020 registrations to remain intact. Departments and Schools will assure that a range of these approaches are available across their programs to meet the educational needs of students, and that instructional and modality assignments and selections are sensitive to the expertise and special needs of their faculty, as well as those of students. Three of the modalities — Hawk2HawkHawkSYNC Online, and HawkASYNC Online— have been offered at MSU for many years. HawkLIVE and HawkMIX are modalities that draw on and combine the techniques of more familiar modalities.

For more detailed information, please visit the Office for Faculty Advancement (OFA) website

At Montclair State University, different types of courses are defined as follows:


Course sessions occur in the traditional classroom environment, on Campus or at satellite locations, during required face-to-face meeting times. The internet and other technology may be used for supplemental course content and activities.


The course occurs in an online environment. Students are not required to be present on Campus or elsewhere to meet with classmates or their instructor, but some courses may require synchronous (simultaneous) online meetings.


Online activities replace some portion of the traditional face-to-face class meeting time. Students are required to attend on-Campus meetings and to spend a substantial amount of time online. The online portion of the course can be asynchronous or synchronous.

Online and hybrid courses may require synchronous, as well as asynchronous activities:

  • Synchronous – The online portion of the course will simultaneously meet during the scheduled course time via the internet using a live online meeting tool instead of in the classroom.
  • Asynchronous – The online portion of the course will not have a designated meeting time. Students are expected to complete the necessary coursework individually or in groups as determined by the faculty member.

Online courses at Montclair State University are structured using a user-friendly web environment within Canvas, our learning management system, to provide you with all relevant course information, access to learning materials and activities, opportunities to engage and collaborate with peers and your professor, as well as assessments to enable you to demonstrate your understanding and mastery of the course.

Each course includes the following components:


A brief introduction to the course, including course goals, and an outline of the Learning Modules.


All relevant course information including, faculty information, course introduction, course goals/objectives, required textbooks, weekly schedule, assessment and grading system, etc. The Syllabus should also including a downloadable version.


Individual sections for weekly instruction. Each learning module contains learning objectives, requirements, subject content, interaction, and assessment.


Where students get to know each other and post general questions. This area is often used for FAQs.

Online Programs

Montclair State University provides online programs that represent areas for which the University has a solid reputation for excellence, and in which the University is a state and national leader.

Given the balancing act that adult students face, considerable thought has gone into the delivery and structure of our online programs to ensure that students are able to succeed at a manageable pace. Students take one course at a time over two sessions per semester. This provides students with a platform to achieve their graduate degree, while balancing work and other responsibilities.

For more detailed information about each program, please visit the MSU Online Programs website.