Our Academic Plan for Fall 2020 includes in-person, hybrid, and online learning experiences, with safety measures to mitigate risk, like many other institutions of higher education in Florida and more broadly across the nation. As we considered the options for instructional modalities, we were guided by the priorities of the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff; academic excellence; and institutional continuity.
Below are the descriptions of the instructional modalities that will be utilized this Fall.
In-Person: Class meets in-person as usual. These classes may utilize two rooms to spread students out to achieve physical distancing.
In-Person with Remote Teaching: Class meets in-person as usual with the instructor in another location appearing on-screen. These classes may utilize two rooms to spread students out to achieve physical distancing. Opportunities for students to occasionally connect in person with faculty will occur. (These classes typically have special high-end computing and software needs.)
Hybrid: Class has an assigned room and the instruction will take place with a combination of in-person meetings and online sessions.
Online (Liberal Arts): Class meets solely online. Both synchronous format during the assigned time and asynchronous delivery are possible. No room will be assigned.
Online (Studio): Class meets online primarily and may have several in-person meetings scheduled as needed. No room will be assigned.
In general, the in-person delivery modality reflects our institutional values of experiential learning, campus community building, and immersive experiences. Our hybrid modality will be used for courses in which learning outcomes can best be achieved as a blend of online with some face-to-face experiences. Online delivery is a strong pedagogical approach for certain courses that allows students to meet learning outcomes while providing optimal experiences. Online delivery will also serve some incoming international freshmen who cannot get here for the Fall due to issues with attaining visas and travel bans; help provide continued instruction for some students who may fall ill; and assist with instructional continuity should the campus be impacted by other emergencies. To determine the modality for specific courses, we assessed both the impact of the delivery type on the ability to achieve course learning outcomes and the unique facilities needs of each course.
This document lists every fall course along with the teaching modality as described above. These listings may change before the Fall semester starts as departments finalize teaching plans and in response to COVID-19 circumstances. Please note that student course schedules in Self-Service have not yet been updated to reflect the modalities for Fall courses. In the following weeks, those changes, along with changes to room locations and other adjustments to accommodate the new teaching requirements for Fall, will be made and reflected in Self-Service. Heads of each Department will share more information as it becomes available over the coming weeks.