Fall 2020 semester
As announced in May 2020, the College continues to focus on alternative modes of delivery for Fall 2020, with an even greater emphasis on personalized attention and support, while providing safe opportunities for in-person student life and learning activities.
The College’s academic calendar provides important dates and outlines how the semester is organized into five blocks. The first two weeks of the semester were devoted to orienting new and returning students. The rest of the semester is made up of alternating blocks of online teaching and evaluations. A limited number of in-person activities, including evaluations, will take place during the third and fifth blocks. No synchronous classes will take place during the blocks devoted to evaluations. Students will be asked to continue to study and complete course assignments, essays and other types of evaluations.
Courses are delivered using a mix of synchronous instruction, with teaching taking place during scheduled class time, and asynchronous activities completed by students on their own time under the guidance of their teachers. This blended approach to teaching promotes student engagement, autonomy, critical thinking and exploration, while also allowing teachers to offer timely feedback and support. The choice of blended teaching is rooted in pedagogical research as well as feedback received from students last semester. Special attention has been paid to activities that help first-year students bridge any knowledge gaps they may have due to the abrupt end to their final year of high school last spring. In addition, the College’s support services and student life activities continue to be offered online and in person.
An indispensable resource for students, the Fall 2020 Student Guide includes information on study skills, virtual learning platforms, key contacts, support services, academic integrity, accommodations, netiquette, student life and wellness. It is updated throughout the semester.