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Hybrid & Remote Learning
The spring semester will remain very similar to that of the fall semester in terms of campus operations. We have echoed fall efforts centered around the health and safety of our campus.
Maintaining Our Campus as a Learning, Making, and Teaching Resource
Our efforts to provide the most access to campus through class time, studio access, access to tools/equipment, and study spaces is at the core of our ongoing plans for the spring semester.
All courses have been given a designation to help students understand the nature of the course, Remote or Hybrid. These familiar designations help clarify whether a course is offered completely online as "remote," or whether there is some portion or percentage of the class that requires on campus delivery as "hybrid." Those courses that could be offered remotely without impacting teaching and learning have been given the "remote" designation to allow for the space and time needed to address those "hybrid" needs on campus.
Remote Learning Recap
Remote courses are identified with an "R" in the course schedule. In the fall we adopted use of the term "remote" rather than "online" learning because online teaching and learning connote a student only interacting with a screen. Remote encompasses a more multimodal approach wherein students are being challenged to engage with content, materials, and their environment in new and innovative ways. Faculty continue to create imaginative new approaches to their courses. They are taking advantage of various remote platforms, software, and materials that can be used off campus to offer students the opportunities necessary to achieve the high expectations and learning goals we have for them. And, we are using creating virtual access to digital spaces in ways we have never done before.
Hybrid Learning Recap
The term "hybrid" evolved for many departments as we adjusted to the needs of students and faculty, and the discipline-specific needs of each major. All courses with time scheduled on-campus have the designation of "hybrid," meaning some portion of the course will be offered on campus, and some portion of the course will be delivered remotely. While the term has different meanings among the respective curriculums, the common thread is that campus be centered around access to the tools and resources needed to complete classwork or individual works.