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Returning to On-Campus Teaching and Learning

We are looking forward to returning to a traditional academic calendar and course schedule for the Fall 2021 semester. This webpage outlines what to expect for students and faculty regarding teaching and learning at Lindenwood this coming Fall.

How will students participate in classes during the Fall 2021 semester?

  • Students who are COVID-Clear are expected to participate in class activities and assessments based on the type of course selected during registration. Students are expected to join all scheduled sessions.
  • For example, if the course is an ‘on-ground’ course, students who are COVID-Clear are expected to attend the scheduled class sessions in-person, including in-person activities and exams.
  • If the course is an ‘online’ course, students are expected to engage in regular and substantive interaction through asynchronous activities.
  • If the course has scheduled synchronous activities through video conferencing, such as in a ‘distance learning’ course, students are expected to join the scheduled sessions.
  • Courses that are ‘hybrid’ have scheduled in-person sessions, which students are expected to attend, as long as they are COVID-Clear. Students enrolled in a hybrid course will also engage in significant online learning to enhance in-person learning.
  • A full listing of course modes and definitions is available in the catalog.
  • See the section below, which is titled “How will students needing accommodations or experiencing extenuating circumstances be supported” for information on how students who are isolating or quarantining due to COVID are supported.

Will we still be using a HyFlex mode of teaching and learning?

  • HyFlex courses (in which students have a choice to join the sessions in a synchronous online, in-person, or asynchronous manner) may be offered from time to time, but only at the discretion of the faculty member and dean.
  • There are classes on the schedule designated as HyFlex and they are labeled with the FLX designation on the schedule. 

What are the expectations for faculty to prepare recordings and other learning materials for students to accommodate students with extenuating circumstances?

  • Due to the uncertainty that will continue to exist regarding in-person learning, faculty are requested to create or gather asynchronous learning materials for each of their classes in order to accommodate students who may have extenuating circumstances.
  • For the Fall 2021, faculty are requested to make recordings of content presentations ready to make available to students who may have extenuating circumstances. Faculty can choose to record through ‘lecture-capture’ (this includes pre-recorded webinars, short instructional videos, and recordings of a live lecture) or ‘classroom-capture’ (this includes whole-classroom video).   
  • Class recordings or other lecture capture is recommended as a standard university practice moving forward. The intent of the recordings is to provide a resource to students who are unable to attend a scheduled in-person session due to illness, isolation/quarantine, travel for athletic competition, or other excused absence.
  • Faculty can choose to use Big Blue Button or another tool to create recordings. Big Blue Button is the recommended tool for the Fall 2021 semester, due to the ease of recording and storing the recordings.
  • Faculty are able to choose how and when the recordings are made available to students who need them. Support and guidance are available for using Big Blue Button and select tools via the Learning Academy. Similarly, faculty have discretion on the parameters in which to offer other supplemental materials as a method for assisting students who must miss class or who might need additional assistance for academic success in a particular class. 
  • A policy for lecture-capture and classroom-capture will be available prior to the Fall 2021 semester. This policy will include principles around the definition, purpose, and scope of lecture-capture and classroom-capture, and information about the distribution and storage of these recordings.

What support and guidance is available to faculty for recording instructional presentations? 

What technology will students need to have for the Fall 2021 semester?

How will students needing accommodations or experiencing extenuating circumstances be supported?

  • Fall 2021 will continue to require flexibility from both students and faculty. We will still have students forced to miss class due to illness or quarantine. Additionally, there will likely be a group of international students from select countries who are unable to return to campus due to travel restrictions. Faculty will use their professional judgement and support from your dean to work with these students. Our goal continues to be to retain and graduate students while offering them the best academic experience possible. 
  • Faculty can require documentation from students who request to miss class. Again, this is where we would ask you to utilize your best discretion. (Note: students’ work commitments and athletic practice are not excused absences.)
  • Students unable to wear a mask or face covering for medical reasons must notify Jeremy Keye, manager, student support and accessibility program at jkeye@lindenwood.edu before or during the first week of the semester to begin the interactive reasonable accommodation process.
  • Students required to quarantine due to exposure or isolate as a result of testing positive for COVID-19 and who do not have the technology needed to fulfill classroom obligations should contact Jeremy Keye, manager, student support and accessibility program at jkeye@lindenwood.edu to engage in the interactive reasonable accommodation process.
  • Students seeking either all in-person classes or all virtual classes, or some variation thereof, based on disability should contact Jeremy Keye, manager, student support and accessibility program at jkeye@lindenwood.edu to begin the interactive reasonable accommodation process.
  • Students with non-disability accommodation concerns about labs, physical distancing, and other classroom functions should discuss those concerns with their faculty.
  • Students seeking accommodations for religious reasons should contact the University Chaplain, Dr. Nichole Torbitzky at ntorbizky@lindenwood.edu to discuss individual needs, based on faith and traditions.

How will faculty needing accommodations or experiencing extenuating circumstances be supported?

  • Faculty will work with their dean and Human Resources to request medical accommodations due to COVID-19.

What health and safety measures will students and faculty need to consider?

  • The Pandemic Preparedness Team (PPT) has distributed guidance for health and safety measures based on national guidelines. At this time, we are planning to return to full classroom capacity with no social distancing.
  • Should there be a need to pivot our teaching and learning again during the 2021-2022 academic year based on circumstances related to the spread of COVID-19, on-ground and hybrid classes will shift to partial or full virtual delivery, depending on the course and class size, but students (who are COVID clear) will still be expected to join regularly scheduled class sessions through synchronous online technology. If students experience extenuating circumstances related to COVID-19 that prevent them from participating synchronously, they will need to work with their instructors to request temporary accommodations.
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