CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19

Continuity of Teaching and Learning

 

FCC is working to increase the number of in-person classes while continuing to comply with public health and safety standards. 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
 

 

 

Online Courses (ONL):

Courses designated as Online (ONL) are held entirely online and do not meet at a scheduled time. Students will meet all expected deadlines outlined by the professor and 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 Courses (SR):

Structured Remote Courses (SR) are entirely online but have scheduled class times. 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.
    • All SR classes should utilize the entirety of the scheduled class period. 
  • Synchronous instruction can include:
    • Lecture
    • Discussion of readings and concepts
    • Review of course material
    • Demonstration or practice of classroom skills
  • SR classes will remain remote the entire semester, even if the campus reopens.
  • Faculty will 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 
      • Scheduling conflicts due to hybrid remote attendance obligations and limited on-campus technology access
  • 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 Courses (HYR):

Hybrid Remote Courses (HYR) require in-person and virtual participation. In addition to participating in real-time virtual sessions, students will be expected to come to main campus, clinical sites, or the Monroe Center for in-person class sessions during the scheduled time. In-person and real-time virtual session meeting dates will be designated on the syllabus. Students are expected to attend all in-person and real-time virtual sessions. Virtual sessions will be recorded and made available to students unable to attend. To expand possibilities for further interactions, faculty can choose to take advantage of the FLEX teaching option within the HYR format.

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 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 13 people (currently 10) in a 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.”
  • HYR classes are expected to have at least one on-campus meeting per week, lasting the full scheduled class time.
  • If a class has multiple meeting times, any session not used for on-campus instruction should be a synchronous online session, following all guidelines and expectations for the SR format. While the goal is to increase opportunities for students to have on-campus instruction, we recognize that it may not be possible to have all students on campus every week.  
  • Course content that is not taught on campus or through synchronous online session should be delivered 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.
  • Faculty can set up in-person attendance rotations and expectations that make sense for their course. 
  • All students who sign up for a hybrid remote class should be prepared to be in attendance on any day featuring campus instruction. Faculty can grade for participation or have assessments during those class sessions. Exceptions must be made when students share COVID-related reasons for absence. Reasons might include: 
    • Illness (either the student’s illness or a household illness)
    • Caregiving related to COVID
    • Eldercare  
    • Driving people to vaccine appointments  
    • Complications due to virtual schooling for children  
    • Work-related changes that are directly related to COVID  
  • Faculty should also make allowances for complications that prevent attendance due to other classroom attendance obligations.
    • There may be occasions where students are enrolled in back-to-back HYR or HYR/SR classes that may have one class expecting on-campus attendance and the other requesting virtual attendance (if it is a FLEX class) on the same day. If a student is not able to access their virtual class from campus we ask that faculty allow students, for isolated incidences, to attend their on-campus class remotely so they can participate in both classes.   
    • Students anticipating regular difficulties will be advised to enroll in alternate formats when possible. 
      • It is the expectation that a student share scheduling conflicts with faculty as soon as they become aware of them. Faculty are asked to remain flexible and accommodating to the greatest extent possible.
  • Students attending a virtual FLEX class can also be assessed for their participation.   
    • Non-flexed SR class periods cannot assess participation. Participation can only be assessed during on-campus or flexed class.    
  • Should FCC return to full campus instruction, faculty may request approval from an AVP for HYR 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.

Beyond the expectations outlined above faculty can set up their classes in the way that will work best for them. Classes will fall into one of the options below:

  1. There is an on-campus session every available class period and students attend every class due to smaller classes or utilization of the FLEX option (see below). In these cases no additional remote content may be required.
    1. If the class size is small enough for the entire class to fit in the on-campus classroom during the regularly scheduled class time, while still meeting the physical distancing requirements, the entire class can be in attendance for on-campus sessions. The course will still be classified as hybrid in case public health guidance requires us to adjust classroom capacity or impose other safety measures or if faculty select to still hold some class sessions in the SR format.  You are not required to have an on campus meeting every class period, though it is encouraged.
  2. There is an on-campus session every available class period, but only half the class attends each session.  You may choose to repeat content or use these periods to have students work on skills applications.  In this case, additional course content should be delivered asynchronously.
  3. There is an on-campus session every other class period (if your class meets more than once a week). In these cases, you should hold an SR session for the class periods you are not on campus.
  4. Some classes may require meetings outside the normally scheduled class timeframes. This may happen when classes have required skills assessments that cannot be managed in the normal class period due to the need for specialty space, the current physical distancing requirements, and the class size. Students are scheduled for lab sessions and/or testing through the day and are notified of their on-campus session dates and times via the instructor via the syllabus. This may or may not be a consistent time from week to week. An on-campus class session will meet a minimum of once a week. Approval of the Associate Vice President or Executive Director is needed to use this hybrid remote configuration to ensure scheduling in 25 Live.

All faculty can choose to use the FLEX option to teach their class. FLEX is a teaching tool. It is NOT an additional format. The FLEX option enables faculty to livestream their class so that all students can participate live even if not every student is on campus.

Take a class of 20 people. The room capacity is 10 plus faculty. On one day the 10 students are in the classroom on campus and 10 are attending from home as the on-campus class is livestreamed to them via videoconferencing. The next day the class meets they switch. This enables the faculty member to offer new content every class session despite not having all students in attendance on campus. 

The professor will establish their attendance rotation and expectations. Students should be prepared to attend any/all days the class is offered even though they will not likely come in every one of the class sessions. Virtual participation can be required/assessed as well as on-campus participation.

 

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.

 

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