Academics

Fall 2020 Academics

AIC will welcome students back for the fall semester with classes beginning August 24, 2020. The majority of courses will be offered through a remote, synchronous (live) delivery, with the exception of certain modules in health sciences courses that require in-person delivery, such as labs, hands on, etc.

No courses will be offered on campus after November 20.

The semester will remain at fifteen weeks, running from August 24 until December 11.

Labor Day and Columbus Day will be used as regular class days, but classes will not be offered during the week of Thanksgiving.

AIC hopes to resume in-person instruction during the Spring 2021 semester and will continue to monitor local, state, and CDC guidelines to make an informed decision.

Course Formats

Course Formats

AIC’s vision to provide access and opportunity in an environment that honors its rich diversity informed the work of the academic plan for reopening in fall. Our primary goal with this plan is to create opportunities to ensure students can continue to progress toward degree completion with minimal disruption and with the ongoing support of their faculty, tutoring, learning resources, advising, etc.

We have each experienced the myriad ways in which the pandemic has upended human interaction, but AIC’s commitment to access, opportunity, and diversity remains strong. To this end, we will continue to support those students who have technology needs – both on campus and at a distance – and to work closely with faculty and students to support ongoing relationships and networks.

We believe both faculty and students will find meaningful ways to continue the shared experience of teaching and learning. With technology training this summer, faculty have been provided with the resources and guidance to teach remote, synchronous courses, as well as more hybridized and safer face-to-face modules.

We know the importance of faculty interaction for students, and we are committed to ensuring that faculty have every opportunity to capitalize on technology for this purpose. Faculty will support student engagement with course material and their connection to their classmates.

For courses that require some level of hands-on teaching and learning (labs, clinicals, practica, fieldwork, etc.), students can expect to continue to participate in didactic at a distance. Any courses happening in the classroom will require face coverings and/or face shields. Hands-on learning will occur in socially distanced classrooms, wherever reasonable. Where students must break the six-foot spacing in order to interact with one another, they will be provided appropriate PPE to reduce risk.

In classrooms where students will be learning, there will be breaks in schedule to allow for necessary cleaning to take place and provide extended time for student/pedestrian flow away from that classroom/building. This may mean that class days will need to be extended at times.

Throughout the summer, faculty have been provided with guidance on best practices for teaching in hybrid and fully synchronous, remote modalities with a specific focus on the use of BlackBoard technology, content delivery, improving student engagement, faculty-student communication, and an emphasis on designing and implementing assessment strategies appropriate for each instructional approach, including the appropriate use of online proctoring software. Please let your dean know if you need access to technology, from laptop to wifi. We are prepared to help.

The majority of classes at AIC this fall will be delivered in a remote, synchronous modality, similar to the spring, but with the benefit of many months of training and learning from prior experience.

These synchronous, remote classes will be taught at the times appearing on students’ schedules, primarily through Zoom and BlackBoard, although some courses will use additional modalities, such as YouTube, Panopto, etc. Students can expect to find all course content in BlackBoard, regardless of whether the course is considered remote or hybrid.

By early August, student schedules will be finalized, and students will know how each of their classes will be presented. Students will have an opportunity to review their schedules, with planned delivery methods, and make any changes before the add/drop deadline.

For students who do not wish to attend courses that have an in-person component, there may be a delay in progression toward completion of program. Students should consult with their advisors to be sure that any schedule changes keep them on track for graduation.

Tuition will not change with this variety of delivery models. Students will continue to receive the same quality academic experience, regardless of modality. The College has been and is continuing to conduct additional training to faculty and has invested in new resources in order to meet students’ needs while mitigating the risk of COVID-19 transmission in our campus community. We expect that the fall semester remote-learning experience, given the additional training and preparation time, will be an enhanced version of courses offered last spring.

Grading and Students Who Need to Miss Class Due to Illness

Grading and students who need to miss class due to illness

Because the College is asking anyone who is feeling ill to stay home, students who miss class due to illness will be able to work with their faculty so their absence does not interfere with their progress or standing in the course. A student should plan to communicate immediately with their faculty should they need to miss class due to illness or because they have been instructed to self-isolate.

Classroom Protocol

Classroom Protocol

All members of our community will be expected to wear a face covering inside all College buildings, with the exception of residence hall rooms, residence hall bathrooms (see Residence Life policies), offices that are occupied by one person, and while seated for dining. Face coverings are required in all classrooms and classroom buildings. Desks will be spaced at six-foot intervals to maintain social distance. This will restrict the number of people in any one classroom, based on classroom size. The College will utilize the largest classrooms available whenever possible.

Both hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be made available to students, faculty, and staff so they can feel more certain that the surface they’re coming in contact with is freshly cleaned. In addition, classrooms will be cleaned throughout the day with sanitizing and disinfecting occurring during class hours.

Traffic flow will be shifted to ease congestion in hallways during the change of classes. For classrooms that have more than one door, there will be an entrance and an exit.

Additional Academic Experiences

Additional Academic Experiences

Academic spaces such as computer labs and the library will follow social distancing protocol with details to be determined. Most library resources will continue to be available digitally.

Advising and other appointments with academic offices will be shifted to virtual meetings whenever possible. Appointments are preferred for any in-person meetings. The College is exploring ways to create drop-in hours while minimizing risk.

How student teaching, internships, observations, and clinical experiences will be conducted will be determined by state guidelines and the College’s partners in those placements. The College is exploring virtual opportunities enabling students to fulfill those requirements in the event in-person placements are not available.

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