Class Scheduling

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For Spring 2021, very specific coding is required for each instructional type. This coding indicates how the course will be taught and determines how the course will be billed. Students enrolling in Spring 2021 courses will have three choices: On Campus Courses, Remote Learning Courses, and Distance Learning Courses. All instructional types use the Blackboard Learning Management System.

On-Campus Courses (Section numbers are 001, 002, etc.)
Students who enroll in these courses will meet their professors in the classroom once per week. Each three-credit hour will meet for 2.5 hours once each week. To maintain social distancing requirements, some courses may assign students to groups so that students will alternate meeting either in the classroom or remotely.

Remote Learning Courses
Classes will be offered to groups of students (a class) using a videoconferencing tool, such as Zoom or Collaborate Ultra. The classes will meet once per week for 2.5 hours per week.

Distance Learning Courses
Classes approved for online, asynchronous instruction. Classes will not meet at a certain time or day.

On-campus and remote learning classes will be scheduled in 2.5-hour blocks, Monday through Saturday, with each class meeting once per week. To meet varying student needs, faculty and the staff supporting teaching and learning should use creative solutions to maintain high-quality and help students be successful.
  

It is important to use active learning during the 2.5-hour blocks. Continuous lecture in a 2.5-hour block should be avoided. We expect faculty to use pedagogical methods that support high quality teaching, learning and engagement. Flexibility and creative solutions may be implemented within the framework and models provided here. These adaptations should be discussed with department chairs before implementing. Deans and department chairs are expected to ensure that faculty provide flexibility to meet the instructional needs of on-campus and online students. The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) will continue to provide workshops and other information to assist. 


Attendance
  

On-campus class attendance should be checked daily to ensure the capacity requirements are not exceeded in any given class. Students must not be allowed in face-to-face classes without face masks. Similar to employee acknowledgement, students must also affirm their commitment to practice the COVID-19 mitigation guidelines. Students who enter a class without face masks or refuse to wear a face mask should be reported immediately to Dean of Students Marc Williams at 336-334-7791 (after 5 p.m., 202-270-3095). The Office of Accessibility Resources (OARs) should be contacted for any questions and arrangements to meet accommodations for students with disabilities. 


On-Campus Models

This spring, on-campus and remote learning classes will be scheduled in 2.5-hour blocks, Monday through Saturday, with each class meeting once per week. Most of the on-campus classes will use a hybrid model (i.e., some mix of on-campus and virtual strategies). All course models require course content and grade delivery via Blackboard. Two examples of hybrid course models are described below.

Blended, Synchronous 

One group of students attends class in-person, while the remaining students are joining in virtually. Faculty provide simultaneous delivery of course content and activities to in-person and online groups through web conferencing such as Zoom or Collaborate Ultra.

Flipped Classroom 

Faculty provide asynchronous, online delivery of pre-class content (e.g., videos, readings, podcasts, etc.) then in-person delivery of interactive/application according to an assigned schedule.
 

REMOTE LEARNING Models

Remote Learning courses will use a completely online model for courses with a weekly synchronous (i.e., real-time instruction, scheduled discourse) component. These courses DO include a meeting pattern (days/times).  All course models require course content and grade delivery via Blackboard.


Completely Online Models

Distance Learning courses will use a completely online model for courses. Distance Learning courses are 100% asynchronous in Blackboard (i.e., self-paced instruction, unscheduled discourse) and DO NOT include a meeting pattern. All course models require course content and grade delivery via Blackboard.