I'm trying to come up with two different words to describe:

  • a group of students attending an online course;
  • a group of students attending an in-person course.

Is it possible to use something like: "online class" and "in-person class"?

  • Perhaps dropping the "in-person" part and letting them remain as "online class" and "class" carries the distinction across. – christopher m. Jun 30 '17 at 19:11
  • The company I work for uses on-site and on-line to differentiate between the two types of seminars they offer customers. – Roger Sinasohn Jun 30 '17 at 19:24
  • How about seminar and webinar? – Dhruv Saxena Jun 30 '17 at 19:27
  • Your title asks about terms for the classes themselves, your question asks about the group of students taking those classes. Which is it? – Jim Jun 30 '17 at 21:14
  • There are online, hybrid, and face-to-face (or traditional) classes. – Jim Jun 30 '17 at 21:17

You could use classroom-based course and web-based course to make the distinction. See this company's website which lists these two types side-by-side.

The two groups of students could then be described as the classroom-based class and web-based class.


I usually distinguish them as class and e-class. E being electronic which shows it was taken via a means other than physically present in the classroom.


In e-commerce parlance, they have 'e-stores' and 'brick-and-mortar stores'. You could come up with just such a creative way to distinguish between e-classes and regular classes. But 'in-person classes' does fairly describe and look distinct from 'e-classes', so yes, you could go with that. A Google search shows that it's been used quite widely.

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