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Teaching and Learning

Each faculty member will determine the best way, in the interests of safety and pedagogy, to offer his or her classes, using one or more of these teaching methodologies.

Full In-Person

  • In many ways, this is exactly what students would have experienced before the pandemic, but with a few obvious (and necessary) differences. Most importantly, masks or face coverings will be worn by both students and faculty and six feet of physical distance will be in place. 

Hybrid

  • This option allows for courses to alternate between meeting in-person and online. An example would be an 8:30 a.m. class on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday that calls for a high level of hands-on student engagement. In this scenario, students could meet on Monday to go over an assignment, work on the assignment online with classmates on Wednesday, and then present their work in-person on Friday.

Split

  • This option allows a faculty member to use a classroom for the entire week but break the students into rotating groups of in-person and online learners. For example, if a student has a class at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, the faculty member can have half the class attend in-person on Tuesday and the other half learning online and then vice versa for Thursday.

HyFlex

  • This option allows each class session and learning activity to be offered in-person, synchronously (regularly scheduled day and time) online, and asynchronously (more self-directed by the student; not scheduled) online. In this scenario, some students may choose to learn online because they want more schedule flexibility or because they think the online format will allow them time to engage with the material or task more deeply. Other students, however, might prefer the in-class experience because they favor the face-to-face engagement with their faculty and classmates. This format is intended for maximum flexibility and recognizes that there isn’t always a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching and learning.

Remote

  • This option allows for students to take their courses synchronously or asynchronously online. All students will be learning remotely after the Thanksgiving break. Other students and faculty, who for a number of justifiable reasons are not comfortable returning to campus, also will teach and learn remotely through several platforms the College has invested in, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Sakai.

A list of fall semester courses that will be taught remotely is available here. Information about other classes is being updated constantly in Cyberfriar. Each student should check his or her schedule there for the most updated information

Advising and Support Services

  • College personnel are developing plans to offer robust academic support and advising services, including remote accommodations.
  • Members of the Office of Academic Services staff are doing everything they can to provide support from a distance, and to help ensure your continued academic success.
  • Members of the Continuity Task Force are developing plans to ensure that under-represented and potentially vulnerable students have access to those resources and mentors they need for success.
  • The College has invested in resources to enhance remote teaching, support, and advising. Examples include support for faculty members in creating engaging hybrid/online content, an expanded Zoom license, cameras/microphones, and test proctoring software.
  • Faculty members will be encouraged to hold office hours remotely.
  • To the extent possible, all advising and support services will be delivered remotely. As a complement to those services, staff personnel will increase the number and quality of self-service options – including web-based tip sheets and reference guides, self-checkout/renewal of library materials, information sessions, and tutorials.

These measures apply to programming in these functional areas:

  • Course scheduling
  • One-on-one academic mentoring
  • Tutorial assistance
  • Library support
  • Engaged learning
  • Study abroad (for Spring 2021)
  • Career education
  • Technical assistance

Learning Spaces

  • New social distancing capacity limits have been determined for all classrooms, labs, studios, and other learning spaces, including group and individual study spaces. Furniture will be removed from classrooms and other common areas where appropriate to create more space. Multi-person furniture will be marked for proper social distancing or will be removed.
  • The College will utilize and encourage the use of existing designated outdoor learning spaces and tents may be available for classes to be conducted outdoors, including during inclement weather.
  • Classrooms with lower adjusted physical distancing capacities may be designated for individual or group study; additional study spaces will be added.
  • Concurrent classes will be reduced through scheduling adjustments and the increased use of hybrid or blended teaching models. The amount of time between classes may be increased as needed to ensure appropriate transitions. Options to limit traffic and congestion include:
    • Avoiding, to the extent possible, scheduling adjacent classrooms for entry or exit at the same time;
    • Adjusting the overall class schedule to allow for increased time between class sessions.

Resources for Faculty

Instructional Technology Development Program (ITDP)

Center for Teaching Excellence