Clock Hour Definition
ABTU defines a clock hour as a 60 minute span of time spent in contact with academic material. Academic content may be in the form of videos, interactive videos, reading, software simulations, practical application activity, quizzes, threaded discussion questions, and live instructor led sessions.
Clock Hour Measurement
The total number of clock hours assigned to a vocational program, consists of the sum of clock hours for each academic content category in the particular program. The clock hour calculation formula for each academic activity category is listed below.
|Academic Activity Category||Clock Hour Measurement|
|Videos||60 minutes of video = 1 clock hour|
|Interactive Videos||60 minutes of video = 1.5 clock hours|
|Reading||25 pages = 1 clock hour|
|PowerPoint Presentations||1 slide = .33 clock hours (20 min)|
|Software Simulations||1 simulation = .33 clock hours (20 min)|
|Practical Application Activity||1 practical application activity = 1.5 clock hours|
|Quizzes||20 questions = 1 clock hour (2.5 min per question)|
|Threaded Discussions||1 threaded discussion post = .5 clock hour|
|Live, Instructor-led Sessions||60 minutes of live time = 1 clock hour|
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Revised on 3/21/2018 updated calculations