A Guide to Fall 2020
This page serves as a guide to the various instructional possibilities for the fall semester. To see the instructional scenario for the Spring 2021 semester, visit the Spring 2021 Guide.
Visit Coastal Comeback for information about the University's plan for resuming academic instruction on campus.
The University is following a modified schedule for the fall of 2020 semester.
Start of Semester
August 19, 2020 - Classes begin. All classes meet online at their regularly scheduled days/times.
September 8, 2020 - Campus fully opens. Classes that are taught in person will meet on campus. Individuals will participate based on their personal preferences reported to the University. Though the locality of individuals varies, all classes meet at their regularly scheduled days/times.
End of Semester
The end of the semester has a flexible combination of activities related to both regular class and final examination activities. The instructor will determine the most appropriate schedule for the class/discipline.
- SCENARIO 1: Instructors may give an in-person final exam from Nov. 16th through Nov. 21st during the regularly scheduled class day/time. Class activities continue through December 4th.
- SCENARIO 2: Instructors may give an online final exam from Nov. 16th through Dec. 4th. Regularly scheduled activities take place through Saturday, November 21st. The exam may be given during the regularly scheduled class day/time or may give a 72-hour window. Exams may start no later than Dec. 4th.
- SCENARIO 3: Certain disciplines may hold even block exams Nov 16th through Nov. 20th. Times are TBD.
Visual guides are provided below to provide additional explanations about the various scenarios for instruction this semester.
Understanding when my instructor teaches in person...
Understanding when my instructor teaches in person and cohorts the class...
Understanding when my instructor teaches online and class has a scheduled day and time...
Understanding when my instructor teaches online and class does not have a schedule day/time...
Understanding when my instructor teaches a hybrid course...
The instructor is teaching a hybrid course. The instructor teaches both in person and online and the class includes a combination of synchronous and asynchronous activities. Students have chosen to participate either in person or online.
See the Visual Guide: Hybrid for more details.
See the Explanation of Instructional Terms for a printable list of definitions of the following terms.
- Describes temporality (not at the same time). Independent of locality. Asynchronous instruction includes a mix of instructor-imposed deadlines and self-paced work with no expectation of live interaction. Never associated with F2F instruction. Courses that are designated with the "TBA" meeting time are asynchronous classes. An example is CSCI 01-D1. Note: An asynchronous class must be online, but not all online classes are asynchronous.
- A cohort is a grouping. Cohorting divides a class. Each cohort follows a different schedule. (e.g. Tuesday: Cohort A is F2F and Cohort B is online. Thursday: vice-versa). Cohorting variations are numerous. Cohort sizes are based on student locality, class schedule, and classroom capacity. (Fall 2020 exceptions apply).
- F2F (Face-to-Face)
- Describes locality. Independent of temporality. Participation is in person (e.g. in the classroom). Faculty may cohort students to accommodate social distancing.
- Describes locality and has varied temporality. Participation requires both online participation and meeting in person (Fall 2020 exceptions apply). 51-99% is online.
- In Person
- See F2F (Face-to-Face).
- Locality refers to the location of participation. The locality is either F2F or online.
- Describes locality. Participation takes place via the Internet and temporality is either asynchronous or synchronous.
- Livestreams are not recorded by default. Recording allows the storage and sharing of the recorded activity for asynchronous viewing. [Not synonymous with streaming.]
- See online.
- [Live]streaming uses technology to provide an online, synchronous transmission of class instruction. Examples of technologies used to support streaming include Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc. [Not synonymous with recording.]
- Describes temporality (at the same time). Independent of locality. Indicated activities performed in real-time. Synchronous classes respect the appointed class schedule even if conditions require the suspension of F2F instruction.
- Refers to how activities are related with respect to time. Temporality is either synchronous or asynchronous.