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 are expected to participate in class activities and assessments based on the type of course selected during registration.
- For example, if the course is an ‘on-ground’ course, students 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.
- Courses that are ‘hybrid’ have scheduled in-person sessions, which students are expected to attend. 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.
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, and only when this option is the best way to serve a particular group of students.
- There are classes on the schedule designated as HyFlex and they are labeled with the FLX designation on the schedule.
- For Fall 2021, HyFlex is not a mainstream mode of delivery for Lindenwood courses.
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, it is highly recommended that faculty 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, we ask that faculty have 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 will be 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 developed and implemented 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?
- Minimum technology requirements for students who are studying online.
- Students who are unable to join their courses in-person due to accommodations or extenuating circumstances may be required to obtain additional technology (as recommended by the instructor) in order to engage effectively with the course.
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. As faculty, please utilize your discretion to work with these students. Our goal continues to be to retain and graduate students while offering them the best academic experience possible.
- We realize that the 2020-2021 academic year was a struggle for all of our faculty and students. However, we must return to some accountability for in-person participation in our on-ground classes in order to provide the high quality educational experience that we have always been committed to at Lindenwood. As faculty, you have always been willing to work with students who have exigent needs. Please continue to do so.
- You can require documentation from students who request to miss class. However, there may also be times when you feel that it is inappropriate to request documentation. Again, this is where we would ask you to utilize your best discretion. (Note: students’ work commitments and athletic practice are not excused absences.) Additionally, your Dean and school academic administrators will support you. If you need assistance deciding the best course of action to work with a student, please ask. If you need assistance enforcing a reasonable class policy, please ask for support.
- Students unable to wear a mask or face covering for medical reasons must notify Jeremy Keye, manager, student support and accessibility program at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 and students who are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 (underlying medical conditions, immunocompromised, etc.) who believe accommodations are needed, should contact Jeremy Keye, manager, student support and accessibility program at email@example.com to engage in the interactive reasonable accommodation process.
- Students with existing accommodations who may need modifications due to COVID-19 should contact Jeremy Keye, manager, student support and accessibility program at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
- 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss individual needs, based on faith and traditions.
How will faculty needing accommodations or experiencing extenuating circumstances be supported?
- Per usual practice, faculty will work with their dean and Human Resources to request accommodations and support for extenuating circumstances due to COVID-19.
What health and safety measures will students and faculty need to consider?
- The Pandemic Preparedness Team (PPT) is preparing guidance for health and safety measures based on national guidelines. At this time, we are planning to return to full classroom capacity. We are not planning on six-feet social distancing within classrooms.
- 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 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.