How often does a class need to meet in person?
Any class not labeled “Hybrid” or “100% Online” in the Fall Timetable is expected to meet throughout the semester at the regularly scheduled days and times. Classes labeled as “100% Online” should require no in-person meetings, though synchronous online classes will require students to meet virtually at the regularly scheduled days and times. Instructors teaching classes labeled “Hybrid” should submit a plan for their scheduled meeting days and times to the department chair or dean’s office for review.
Can instructors change the delivery mode of their classes on their own?
Will instructors and students be required to wear masks in the Fall semester?
Can instructors wear plastic face shields instead of cloth masks?
Will social distancing guidelines remain in place for classrooms in the Fall semester?
What do I do if a student asks to complete my face-to-face or hybrid course online?
What happens if a student in my classroom tests positive for COVID-19?
What should I do if I am experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?
Can faculty, staff and students use University facilities to perform research?
Classroom Mask Management
Instructors should clearly inform their students that a class cannot begin until all students are wearing a mask properly. This Classroom Mask Management document contains helpful information that may be useful for communicating expectations to students and responding to a student who refuses to wear a mask in class.
The Implementation Team has developed COVID-19 language to include in syllabi for courses with face-to-face components during the spring 2021 semester.
Substantive Interaction Guidelines
All hybrid and on-line classes must contain significant amounts of substantive interaction to ensure that the engagement of students and the quality of their instruction remains roughly equivalent to what it would be in a classroom experience. The U.S. Department of Education provides some examples of activities that can be considered substantive interaction.
Course Delivery Methods
Instructors will hold all class sessions as indicated in the Timetable, and students are expected to attend all class sessions in person. Instructors should indicate the course attendance policy in their syllabi, and each instructor should explain the class attendance policy in the first class session.
In an online synchronous course, students and the instructor meet virtually on the days and times indicated in the Fall Timetable. Instructors may hold students responsible for participating in synchronous class activities. Just as in an in-person class, instructors should indicate the course attendance policy in their syllabi, and each instructor should explain the class attendance policy in the first class session. Instructors who teach an online synchronous class should not require students to attend lectures, discussion sections, or exam sessions at any particular location, including any UW Oshkosh campus, as students may enroll in the class who cannot travel to any of the three campuses.
An online asynchronous class will list no meeting days and times in the Timetable, and students should not be required to participate, either online or in-person, at any particular day or time, though individual students or groups of students may meet virtually with the instructor and/or each other at a mutually agreed time. Students may (and should) be held accountable for completing assignments and participating in discussions by due dates listed in the course syllabus.
Some courses may be delivered in a “hybrid” format. Typically, a hybrid course meets regularly in person throughout the semester but replaces some in-person meetings with activities that require substantive interaction between students and between students and the instructor. The instructor should make it clear on the syllabus, and explain during the first class session, expectations for class attendance and for online activities.