- Instructional and Academic
- Instructional Modes
- Space Constraints – Construction Considerations
- Laboratory Work
Instructional and Academic Classes are scheduled to begin August 25, 2021 with an occupancy between 25 to 50% of in-person instruction for fall 2021. The College will offer a mix of in-person, virtual, hybrid, and hyflex learning experiences for the fall semester, with a recommended class size of 30 students per class. The provost and the deans have worked with department chairs and faculty to determine which faculty would provide online instruction and which courses would be prioritized for in-person instruction. Because the number of classrooms available to teach at the allowable density that maintains six feet or three feet between students is limited, priority will be given to courses that require special equipment and all labs. All instructional modes are listed in the schedule of classes. Click here for more information.
Instructional Modes In-person classes required all class meetings to occur on campus during scheduled class meeting times. However, due to COVID-19 safety protocols, social distancing must be maintained in the classrooms where in-person courses will be held. The College will limit the number of students physically allowed into the classroom; thus, all in-person classes will be live-streamed in real-time (when the class meets) for students not attending the class in-person to ensure social distancing. Courses will be offered in block schedule alternating week model. Faculty will create a block schedule and divide students into three blocks (Block A, B, and C) to attend class in-person on alternating weeks. For example, ten students in the course would be assigned to Block A, Block B, or Block C, and they would alternate the week where they would meet five times in person. The faculty will inform the students of their assigned blocks. If we maintain three feet of social distancing, the class would be in the block of two A/B alternating week models where the student block will meet in-person one week and online the following week—alternating back and forth for the rest of the semester. Such a schedule would allow students to take advantage of increased face-to-face interactions with the faculty member and peers in the classroom while maintaining six feet of social distance. Hybrid classes with online contact hours (synchronous or asynchronous) displace some portion of the required contact hours that would typically take place in a scheduled in-person (face-to-face) class. All in-person and synchronous online class meeting days/times must be listed in the schedule of courses for students. Asynchronous classes do not require students to login to a virtual classroom at a specified time. Thus, students do not have to follow a strict schedule to engage in live classes or discussions. The only requirement regarding when they turn in their work is the assignment deadline, not an arbitrary timeline. In a hybrid course, faculty members determine when the in-person portion of the course meets. To facilitate social distancing, faculty members will determine which students attend in-person classes and on what days. Thus, the faculty will create the schedule for the students to participate in in-person classes to ensure social distancing is maintained at six feet or three feet. Online classes (synchronous or asynchronous) require that all contact hours are online. Contact includes instruction, learning activities, and interactions (both student-to-student and/or student-to-instructor). All classwork, examinations, quizzes, writing assignments, lab work, etc. are fully online. Synchronous classes meet (either virtually or in-person) on the same days/time each week. Synchronous class days/times must be listed in the schedule of classes for students. HyFlex classes are delivered in multiple modes concurrently. These courses offer students a great deal of flexibility because they can choose to participate in any of the three following modes based on their personal preferences:
- In-person: Face-to-face and live class sessions
- Online (Synchronous): Face-to-face remote live class session
- Online (Asynchronous): Remote and asynchronous
Space Constraints – Construction Considerations For fall 2021, the College will have a net loss of space at Carroll Street arising from 20 portable classrooms going offline to prepare for the demolition of the trailers and construction of the new building. Currently, there are challenges identifying swing space, and this project is anticipated to be completed by 2025.
- Construction is expected to begin in October, pending the bid for the Bedford Lobby Project's renovation, including the renovation of bathrooms and the improvement of air quality.
- Construction is expected to begin in spring 2022 to renovate the Athletic Center, and building-wide mechanical upgrades will take several classrooms offline in phases.
Technology The College has implemented technologies to enable hybrid instruction and has leveraged electronic and collaboration tools, such as Blackboard Collaborate, Zoom, and Echo360. We have 30 smart classrooms and another 40 classrooms with some form of technology to accommodate hybrid classes. In addition, we are working to upgrade 42 classrooms with new HyFlex technology. The HyFlex classrooms will be outfitted with appropriate equipment to support simultaneous in-person and virtual live sessions, a system to capture lectures and discussions, as well as learning platforms for both synchronous and asynchronous activities. The added classroom technology will make the remote experience inclusive, participatory, and as near to an in-person learning experience as possible.
Laboratory Work Specific protocols have been developed for faculty, staff, and students researching laboratory environments. Click here for more information.