We've developed robust and specific plans for the creation of a blended approach to learning in multiple formats, thoroughly meeting the needs of our students, faculty, course types, and program curricula.
Classroom Format—A Blended Approach
We have created a blended approach to academics for the fall, offering classes in a variety of formats:
- Traditional in-person classes will meet at a specific time and place that is reflected on your schedule.
- Hybrid: These classes are a mix of in-person and online, depending upon the needs of the class. Some meetings will be in person, while others will be online, as determined by the faculty member. For example, if you have a Tuesday, Thursday course, the instructor may tell you that it meets in person on Tuesdays and online on Thursdays.
- Remote: These classes are fully online but meet at a specific time (synchronous).
- Online: These classes are fully online and do not meet at a specific time (asynchronous).
It is possible some of your courses will not be in the format you prefer. We are balancing our plan to offer in-person classes and experiences, with space constraints required by social distancing in the classroom and working with our faculty who have high-risk considerations or disability accommodations, to support your academic goals. Depending on your area of study, there may still be updates in development. Your school, college, or academic program will communicate specific plans in the near future.
We know that many of you are looking forward to in-person classes but that there are others who for various reasons are unable to or do not want to return to face-to-face learning. We will do everything we can to accommodate a remote learning environment for the fall semester should you choose to remain off campus—you can work with your program director or department chair. Please note that not all courses and programs are transferable to a fully remote format, so this may alter your course selection.
If you would like to learn more about the opportunities to study remotely this fall, please contact the Center for Student Success.
We've developed the following strategies for our classroom environments:
- All classrooms, lecture halls, and other spaces are prepared for in-person instruction in accordance with social distancing guidelines.
- Identified alternative spaces to ensure the right match of size, availability, and instruction needed for fall semester classes. This includes repurposing or sharing of spaces (ie: Konover and Wild Auditorium).
- A/B format classes have been developed to address any space challenges and capacity issues. For classes that are meeting face-to-face, many will be organized in "session"—divided into A and B groups, alternating between in-class and remote instruction on different days. This should be defined on class schedules, and students should work with their advisor and/or instructor with any questions.
- Classrooms will be equipped with necessary technology so that faculty can broadcast and/or record lectures.
- Cleaning supplies will be available in all classrooms as well as sanitizing stations in hallways.
- We will ask all student to enter and exit classes in an orderly fashion to keep the six-foot distance between each other.
- Face mask stations will be available across campus—especially during the beginning of the semester. Face shields will be available to check-out where six-foot distancing is not completely possible.
Class schedules will reflect the types of class formats listed above: traditional classes, hybrid, remote, and online.
- Returning/Current Students: Schedules will be emailed to your UHart email address by the end of July.
- New Students: Schedules will be emailed to your UHart email address by the first week of August.
Any questions about your class schedule can be emailed to the Center for Student Success at firstname.lastname@example.org
We know that the fall semester is going to look a little different this year, but we are here to help you navigate the changes. And to make the transition a little easier, we've put together resources to support you academically.