Fall classes transition to four learning options
University of Houston-Clear Lake announces its transition from the online-only instruction of spring and summer to four flexible learning options for fall 2020. Detailed in a letter to enrolled students, the options include face-to-face classroom time as well as online elements. In addition, students will also find some online only instruction.
“We are focused on creating a safe environment for the fall,” Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Steven J. Berberich said.
Fall 2020 instruction modes listed in the online schedule include the following:
- Bi-modal: A class or laboratory that has a safe number of students in a socially distanced face-to-face room with lectures/lab content provided in another format to allow participation in the class remotely.
- Online-Asynchronous: A class that has no face-to-face interactions or required virtual meeting times. All class materials are available online.
- Online-Synchronous: A class that has no face-to-face interactions but does meet at a particular day and time in a virtual classroom. All class materials are available online and lectures may be recorded to view them at a later time. There are consistent expectations for specific day/time participation throughout the semester.
- Online-Synchronous/Asynchronous: A class that has no face-to-face interactions but does occasionally meet on a particular day and time in a virtual classroom. All class materials are available online and lectures may be recorded to view them at a later time. While course requirements will have flexibility, there will be some expectations for specific day/time participation.
Currently, the fall 2020 online schedule has been updated to reflect the modes of instruction under a column labeled “Instruction Mode.” Those who have already registered are urged to review their course selections for changes to the instruction mode.
“In mid-July, we will be updating the schedule to provide additional information about the percentages of face-to-face classroom time for the ‘Bi-modal Courses’ and percentages of synchronous and asynchronous time for the ‘Online Synchronous/Asynchronous Courses,’” Berberich said.