CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19

Continuity of Teaching and Learning

 

FCC Fall/Spring classes will be delivered primarily online to maintain public safety. Face to face instruction and student interactions will only be conducted when it is necessary, required, and feasible to do so in a safe environment. Visit the Course Formats page for additional information. Comprehensive student resources remain available to students remotely. Visit frederick.edu/virtual-resources for more information on virtual services available to students.

 

 

 

For Students: Return to Campus Guidelines
For Employees: Dealing with COVID-19

 

 

Course Options
Click here to watch the Student video on the Course Formats.

 

 

Traditional Online (ONL):

Offered entirely online and do not meet at a specific time. Students enrolled in an online course will meet all expected deadlines and expectations outlined by the professor and can complete work on their own time.


  • Faculty may not offer synchronous sessions to deliver required course content
  • Optional synchronous sessions focused around extra help, exam review, etc. are acceptable provided they are recorded, captioned, and posted as appropriate
  • Students cannot be asked to participate in face-to-face or synchronous instruction or testing
  • Testing Center virtual proctoring services are available only for accommodated testing, with advance scheduling required, in coordination with the Testing Center

 

Structured Remote Learning (SR):

While still entirely online, have specific class times associated with them. Professors must hold at least one real time virtual instructional session per week during the associated time. These sessions may include lecture, group discussions, review, or skills demonstrations. Virtual meetings must be outlined on the syllabus. Students may have difficulty attending virtual sessions. Therefore, all sessions will be recorded and made available to students unable to attend.


  • Synchronous instruction must be offered at least once a week during scheduled class time
  • Synchronous instruction can include:
    • Lecture
    • Discussion of readings and concepts
    • Review of course material
    • Demonstration or practice of classroom skills
  • Synchronous Remote classes will remain remote the entire semester, even if the campus reopens
  • Notify students in the syllabus at the beginning of the term and through Blackboard which sessions will be synchronous
  • All synchronous sessions must be recorded and made available for students with captions. See Accessibility Guidelines Section  for more information on closed captioning expectations
  • FERPA guidelines should be read prior to recording (these pop up automatically in ZOOM)
  • Students are expected to attend SR sessions, and are accountable for all information and material covered in a recorded SR session.  However, students unable to attend a session cannot not be penalized.   Students may have many reasons for being unable to attend a session which include, but are not limited to:
      • Technology access
      • Caregiving challenges (for sick family members or school age children)
      • Medical concerns/obligations (self/other and physical/mental)
      • Unexpected work challenges
      • Unexpected personal challenges 
  • Because attendance cannot be required, it is generally recommended that graded assessments not be a regular feature of SR sessions. When graded assessments (including participation points) are provided during a structured remote session, students not in attendance should be provided an opportunity to either make up work or be provided with a comparable alternative assessment without penalty.  For concerns and guidance regarding alternative assessments due to class absence, consult your departmental leadership.
  • If a course has grant or certification related requirements for attendance, those guidelines must be followed.
  • Testing Center virtual proctoring services are available only for accommodated testing, with advance scheduling required, in coordination with the Testing Center
  • Students cannot be required to turn on web cameras.
    • Camera use cannot be positively incentivized through extra credit.
      • Students cannot be penalized for not turning on a camera.
        • Students have many reasons for not turning on a camera:
          • They may not own one
          • There may be technology/bandwidth barriers
          • The student may not be comfortable inviting people into their home

 

Hybrid Remote Learning (HYR):

Offered primarily online, but with required periodic Main campus or Monroe Center meetings during scheduled class times. Students enrolled in a Hybrid Remote class will be expected to come to campus or the Monroe Center for periodic class sessions or may also meet as a real-time virtual session during the scheduled class time. Virtual sessions will be recorded and made available to students unable to attend. Students will be able to watch these videos at a later time with no penalty.

There will be limited physical access to buildings, classrooms, labs, and College offices. Specific protocols will be in place to ensure the safety of students, employees, and community members. Guidelines and instructions for physical access will be provided to students and community members once they are finalized.


  • Face to face instruction should be minimized to the level needed to meet core learning outcomes and essential hands-on activities and should prioritize content that cannot be delivered online
  • Face to face sessions must be preapproved by a department chair or director and AVP, who will maintain a central calendar
  • Face to face class sessions should be held during the scheduled class meeting time and communicated to students on the first day of class and in the syllabus
  • The number of students who can attend a face to face class should be in accordance with social distancing guidelines (typically a maximum of thirteen people in room, including faculty and sign language interpreters, unless room capacity requires a smaller number)
  • All students and faculty will be expected to adhere to cleaning protocols, which are outlined in the document “Space Use Recommendations by Program”
  • Hybrid Remote classes do not need to meet face to face every week. While many traditional hybrid classes are 50/50, Hybrid Remote classes do not need to meet face to face for 50% of the time
  • Course content that is not taught on campus can be delivered synchronously (at the scheduled class time) or asynchronously
  • Notify students in the syllabus and through Blackboard at the beginning of the term which sessions will be synchronous remote and which will meet on campus
  • Synchronous sessions should follow the standard expectations detailed in the Synchronous remote section
  • Attendance can be required for on campus class sessions, though faculty should be flexible and accommodating to COVID-19 related absences
  • Should FCC return to full campus instruction, faculty may request approval from an AVP for Hybrid remote classes to optionally return to campus, based on the needs of the program
  • Testing Center virtual proctoring services are available only for accommodated testing, with advance scheduling required, in coordination with the Testing Center
  • For all classes, but especially classes longer than 1hr 15 min, consider adding in time for a brief break for students who may benefit from taking some air outside of the building while maintaining appropriate physical distance from other students. Students should be wearing masks and should reapply hand sanitizer upon re-entering the classroom.

 

Given the challenges COVID 19 and our remote environment imposes on faculty and students alike, we ask that all faculty approach their courses with the following general principles in mind:

  • Be flexible and accommodating with your students.  Many continue to grapple with limited access to technology or internet access.  Home learning environments may be disruptive.  Food and housing insecurity are impacting more students than ever before. COVID-19 continues to be a health concern for all students, especially those with additional risk factors or who live with/care for family members who do.  Many students have experienced the past year as trauma, and their mental and physical health are in a tenuous  place.  Whenever possible, assess students on the basis of their ability, rather than their fidelity to due dates. Avoid one size fits all policies and build flexibility into your classroom practice and syllabus construction.
  • Recognize that online learning can be significantly more labor intensive for faculty and students alike.  Without sacrificing core learning outcomes and essential skills development:
    • Consider paring down readings and assignments to account for the time and labor costs of online learning 
    • Design the most efficient and effective forms of assessment possible.
    • Build pauses into your semester – opportunities for both you and your students to take a breath and catch up with assignments. 
    • Seek out regular feedback from your students. What is working well and what isn’t?  Even those of us who are veteran professors are still new to this environment.  We are all learning, and real time feedback enables us to better tailor what we are doing to the specific needs of our students
  • Be mindful of your own health and wellness.  These are stressful times, and the enforced remote environment, can take a toll on you as well as your students.  Your colleagues and your college are here to find ways to support you.  Reach out for assistance if you need it.
  • We are in the middle of an unprecedented success story. While we are all facing major challenges, we have consistently overcome them and will continue to do so. Take pride in your accomplishments, celebrate the work of your colleagues, and remind your students of how impressive they are.

 

Course Design & Blackboard Support:

If you need assistance from OLII, please submit a support request here:  https://servicedesk.frederick.edu.

 


Course Design Expectations and Tips
 

Learning Technologies
 

Accessibility Guidelines
 

Faculty Links for Additional Guidance
 

Trainings and Individual Consultations
 

Student Academic and Support Resources