Hyflex and Remote Pathways - Blueprint for Spring 2021



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HyFlex & Remote Pathways

Class Formats

The university is offering most Spring 2021 classes online and in a HyFlex format as a safety precaution amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. HyFlex courses are silmultaneously delivered in person and broadcast online by the same faculty member through lecture capturing and new broadcast capabilities in classrooms (more details below). The HyFlex approach provides the traditional classroom experience to those who prefer that environment in rooms across campus that have been measured allow for safe occupancy and appropriate distance. (See "Classroom & Campus Safety Measures" on page 2 of the Spring 2021 report.) If pandemic conditions require campus to close again, HyFlex course instructors will be prepared to shift to an all-online format. 

This spring, the University also will offer a small percentage of classes fully on-ground. These are specialty courses — including music technology, construction management, pottery, and nursing — that require specialized equipment.

Experiential learning update: Off-campus learning experiences are an important component of many of our academic programs. In some cases, experiential learning is required for program completion, as well as certification and licensure. These learning experiences include off-campus practicums, internships, student teaching, clinical and field placements, and other off-campus opportunities. CCSU is working to provide the greatest number of experiential opportunities to students while operating from a “safety first” mindset. A safety team reviewed external protocols required at the off-campus sites and developed several health and safety guidelines for students who must work off-campus.

About Spring 2021 HyFlex classes

For Spring 2021, CCSU will offer 40 percent of our classes on-ground and 60 percent online.

Approximately 12 students will attend HyFlex classes in-person, on campus with the instructor; the rest of the class will attend live, online. The class will be recorded and available to students who miss class or need a refresher. Instructors will assign students additional work outside of the class meeting to compensate for the reduction of class time.

The duration of HyFlex classes will typically be reduced to 50 minutes in duration to create a 30-minute break for cleaning the room before the next class enters.

Watch Professor Kristine Larsen give a test run of a HyFlex classroom.

Important note: We are aware that some students who have both HyFlex and Online Synchronous classes (more on that below) may encounter a scheduling conflict. For example, when their on-campus class ends, they might have 25 minutes or less to return to their residence hall or home to attend an online class. To address this situation, we are expanding and improving Wi-Fi service throughout campus, including parking garages/lots. We are creating “pods” in the Student Center and other facilities to provide safe, quiet locations to participate in online classes.

About online classes

Fully online classes will be offered in one of two formats: synchronously, meaning classes take place on a certain date and at a certain time; and asynchronously, meaning classes that do not meet on a specific date or at a set time.

Online Asynchronous classes: These classes meet fully online and do not meet at set times. You learn on your own schedule while meeting assignment due dates set by the instructor.

Online Synchronous classes: These classes meet fully online classes and the meeting time is scheduled for specific days and times (ex. M/W/F at 9 a.m.). Note: The instructor could determine that the class meets “live” fewer than the scheduled times through the semester and the rest of the class work is done asynchronously (at unspecified times or at times at the discretion of the student).

The duration of most 3-credit synchronous classes will be 75 minutes.

 Academic Resources

Tutoring and research centers are offering services by appointment and online. Hours and services vary by office. Click the name of the center, office, or service to access its web page. More services will be added for Fall 2020. Continue checking e-mail for updates.

Elihu Burritt Library

Contact(860) 832-2060; https://libguides.ccsu.edu/elibrary

On-ground library services are available for faculty and students Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The building will remain open for classes and individual study until 9:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.  

Library staff is available to help you online during the following hours:                               

Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Sunday: 2 - 8 p.m. 

Please refer to our online LibGuide for more information and instructions on how to request books through our curbside pickup service at https://libguides.ccsu.edu/2021