Three Modes of Classes
Lectures will be streamed and/or recorded in many in-person and hybrid classes to allow students who become ill or who need to self-isolate to keep up with the classes.
An online course is a class designed from the ground up so all students will attend the main class experience online. Material in these classes may be presented synchronously, with a live lecture in real time, or asynchronously, with recorded lectures and materials. Classes with enrollments of approximately 100 students or more will have online lectures. Online courses are listed as WB, web-based, in the course schedule. For some online courses, students may have the option of taking sections in person, if they are on campus, but will never be required to do so.
Classes designated as in-person are those for which there is at least some material critical for the course that can only be acquired through in-person attendance. Many of these courses involve learning skills or using equipment that would not be available remotely. In-person classes may have some content presented online, but students who register for classes without coming to campus cannot take these courses.
A hybrid class has both in-person and remote learning elements, with the frequency of in-person learning based on instructional needs. Students may be able to take some hybrid courses on a completely remote basis, but other hybrid courses will require students to be on campus for a portion of their coursework. The specific frequency of in-person class meetings will vary by course and may be modified by departments in consultation with their deans over the course of the semester as conditions change. The specific hybrid classes that can be taken all online will be communicated to students in the coming weeks.
Every class is designed to ensure that all students can focus on learning while maintaining a healthy environment by adhering to classroom guidelines.
Masks in Classrooms
- Masks are strongly recommended but optional indoors regardless of vaccination status.
- See the university’s health behavior guidance for the most current information on who should mask and when.
- The university developed training materials on basic safety precautions for students, staff and faculty.
- Classrooms will be cleaned thoroughly.
- Students needing ADA accommodations should work with Services for Students with Disabilities. All other students with special circumstances should work with Student Emergency Services.
Starting January 31, University Libraries will reopen. The PCL will be open 24/7, and most branch locations will be open. Services such as group study rooms and computer labs will be available, and staff experts will be available in-person and virtually to assist students, faculty and researchers.