Class Scheduling

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Students may select and register for different modes of teaching and learning. 

  1. On campus (code M) with a meeting pattern (days/times) 
  2. Online, asynchronous (code DL) with no meeting pattern 
  3. Online, with synchronous elements (coded DL) with a meeting pattern (days/times)

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 are asked to use these models for class delivery. Faculty and 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  

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. Similiar 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 fall, 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.  

On-campus is designated with an “M” and has a meeting pattern (days/times). These classes will use a hybrid model for instruction. Two examples of hybrid course models can be seen below. These classes use a hybrid model. 

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.

Flipped classroom model diagram

Completely Online Models

Distance Learning courses will use a completely online model for courses. Distance education can be synchronous (i.e., real-time instruction, scheduled discourse) or asynchronous (i.e., self-paced instruction, unscheduled discourse). All course models require course content and grade delivery via Blackboard.

Online, Asynchronous

These courses are designated with a “DL” and DO NOT include a meeting pattern. These are Distance Learning courses and are 100% asynchronous online in Blackboard.

Online Asynchronous model


Online with Synchronous Elements

These courses are designated with a “DL” and DO include a meeting pattern (days/times). All remote teaching activities are online. These classes are primarily synchronous through web conferencing, but up to one-third of the course must be provided asynchronously on Blackboard.

online with synchronous elements