A Guide to Spring 2021
This page serves as a guide to the various instructional possibilities for the Spring 2021 semester. In order to accommodate everyone, most courses are designed for both face-to-face instruction and livestreaming. In Spring 2021, a limited number of courses will be provided in the classroom only, with appropriate accommodations available should a student need to quarantine or self-isolate. See the Spring 2021 COVID-19 Operations Information page for additional information.
Visit Coastal Comeback for information about the University's plan for resuming academic instruction on campus.
The Academic Calendar lists all important dates for the Spring 2021 semester. Highlights for the regular spring semester are noted below.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - Classes begin. All classes meet at their regularly scheduled days/times.
Final ExamExam Schedule:
- SCENARIO I:
Instructors may opt to give students an in-person final exam during the week of Monday, May 3 through Friday, May 7, 2021 using their regularly scheduled face-to-face class time (i.e. if class is TTH from 12:15pm-1:30pm, exam will be held on those days at that time). In this scenario, instructors are still expected to offer course activities/instruction online during the last week of classes (Monday, May 3 through Saturday, May 8, 2021).
- SCENARIO II:
Instructors may opt to give an online final exam during the week of Monday, May 3 through Friday, May 7, 2021, maintaining normal instruction during the week of Monday, May 3 through Saturday, May 8. The final exam may be given during the required class time or the instructor may opt to give students a 72-hour window to start the final exam provided that the exam start time is no later than Friday, May 7, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. NOTE: In classes in which one-on-one oral exams are required (i.e. foreign language classes) these may be scheduled based on the availability of instructor and student.
- IMPORTANT MODIFICATIONS:
All course syllabi must clearly state whether the final exam is face-to-face or online or some combination of these two formats and the date(s) that the final exam will be administered. Quizzes, tests, and final exams may be given during any class period within the last two weeks of the semester provided that this information is clearly stated on the class syllabus. Any student with three examinations scheduled on the same day may arrange for an alternate examination time with the instructor of the second examination. The instructor of the second examination will make the necessary arrangements upon the student's request.
- Final grades are due Wednesday, May 12, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.
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. (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 (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.