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Hybrid learning in the USA

Many of our US university partners have announced plans to reopen for the Fall semester, and will offer hybrid learning experiences (a mix of in-person and online) on their campuses. On this page, you can find out more about on-campus study options at each of our US universities, and what to expect after you arrive.

On this page you’ll find:
Details on hybrid learning at ASU
Details on hybrid learning at Pace University
Options at other US universities

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ASU is set to resume on-campus, in-person classes for the Fall semester on August 20, 2020. The University’s goal is to provide a quality learning environment that meets public health and safety guidelines and gives students the flexibility they need.

If you’re unable to get to campus at the start of the Fall semester due to travel or visa restrictions, you will be able to take your ASU classes remotely through digital learning.

Hybrid learning at Arizona State University

  • Learning environments

    As an on-campus student, you will be taught through in-person classes and ASU Sync, which consists of live, interactive classes delivered simultaneously to students sitting in the classroom and to those connecting through Zoom. To maintain proper physical distancing, many of your courses will be a hybrid of in-person and digital learning.

    Some labs, clinical experiences and fine arts courses that do not lend themselves to remote instruction will only be available through on-campus, in-person instruction.

  • Health and safety measures

    In addition to reconfigured classrooms, ASU has established policies and resources to maintain the health and safety of the academic community. These include:

    • COVID-19 testing on campus for anyone who needs it
    • refillable kits that include a face covering, thermometer, hand sanitizer and other items for maintaining health and wellness, alongside “Community of Care” training for all students and employees
    • medical-grade and repeated cleanings of all ASU buildings, including residence halls and classrooms
    • face coverings required inside all ASU buildings, as well as outdoor spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained
    • social distancing measures on campus shuttles
    • in-person and telehealth services for all students.

     
    ASU and the world-famous Mayo Clinic have also joined together to provide timely health care information to students and employees, and will launch a health status verification app in Fall 2020.

  • Housing, dining and campus life

    Residence halls

    ASU is in consultation with public health officials and national associations on recommended housing arrangements, and will accept requests for both shared housing spaces and single rooms.

    ASU will also maintain vacant rooms for use as isolation spaces if needed. Common areas may be subject to restrictions depending upon current, local health conditions: face coverings will be required; high-touch points will be cleaned and disinfected frequently; and sanitation stations will be available. Read more about campus housing on ASU’s website.

    Dining

    The University will offer takeout options and expanded grab-and-go selections in residential dining halls, and enhanced grocery items in campus stores. Preventive measures will include:

    • extra and frequent cleaning of all high-touch surfaces
    • strict control of occupancy limits
    • marked and spaced standing areas
    • increased outdoor seating
    • touchless payment systems
    • sneeze guards/Plexiglas barriers
    • extended dining hours.

     
    For further information on dining options and precautions, see ASU’s FAQ web page.

    Campus life

    University sports facilities and wellness centers will be open in accordance with CDC recommendations including capacity requirements, social distancing protocols, face coverings and cleaning requirements. Some fitness programs will also be available via ASU Sync.

    A wide variety of student events and programs have transitioned to a virtual format. Students will also continue to have opportunities to engage in extracurricular activities. Guidelines and expectations for participation will be shared to allow students to participate safely.


Pace University

 

 

Pace is offering several different on-campus learning environments for Fall 2020, all of which prioritize your safety and wellbeing, and follow public health guidance.

The learning environment that you’ll experience may depend on the type of degree you’re studying. But however your program is delivered, you can be sure that you’ll have an engaging, student-centered study experience that helps you achieve your goals while staying safe.

Pace will also continue to offer digital learning solutions if you are unable to get to campus for the start of the Fall semester due to personal, visa or travel circumstances.

Hybrid learning at Pace University

  • Learning environments

    Pace courses will be offered using any of the following 4 instructional methods for the Fall 2020 semester. Your course schedule will likely include a mix of 2 or more of these options.

    • Fully on-campus, the traditional in-person format with no online instructional elements
    • HyFlex, or hybrid-flex, which enables simultaneous, live instruction to both an online group of students and a group of students in the classroom
    • Web-assisted, in which a course will be delivered with some combination of on-campus and online elements
    • Fully online, in which all classes will be delivered online. These may be delivered synchronously (with live attendance on a set schedule) or asynchronously (with no requirement to be online at a specific time).
  • Health and safety measures

    Face coverings

    Face coverings must be worn at all times by everyone in common areas. Pace University will provide all students with re-usable cloth face coverings, to help minimize the risk of transmission. You can find information about monitoring and testing on Pace’s website.

    Classrooms and campus spaces

    Until restrictions are relaxed, classrooms will be limited to no more than 25% maximum capacity, to ensure 2 meters of distance between each person is maintained.

    Across campus, the following safety measures will be implemented:

    • Common areas like hallways, elevators, stairwells, lounges, and offices will be outfitted with signage to assist people in social distancing.
    • Directional traffic flow will be established via one-way stairwells, hallways, in-room movement, and entrance/exits, where possible. Signage will provide clear direction.
    • In common area lounge spaces or in dining halls, the University asks that no furniture be moved.
    • Gyms and fitness areas will remain closed until restrictions are lifted.

     
    For further information about social distancing measures, visit Pace’s website.

  • Housing, dining and campus life

    Residence halls

    Students living in university residence halls can expect reduced occupancy in certain areas and staggered use of shared spaces (e.g. laundry facilities, shared bathrooms, kitchenettes). Pace’s custodial staff will ensure that shared spaces and frequently touched surfaces are cleaned using EPA-registered disinfectant more than once a day.

    Pace’s facilities team will maintain a cleaning log relating to these common areas. Students are still responsible for cleaning and disinfecting their personal spaces. These include bathroom and kitchenette areas in suite-style or townhouse residence halls.

    Dining

    All students visiting a dining room on campus will be required to wear a face covering, including when picking up food for takeout. The following guidelines and practices will be followed in each dining hall:

    • contactless payment where possible
    • mobile ordering and pickup stations
    • dining room seating capacity reduced by 50% or more
    • elimination of self-service food stations
    • dining tables reconfigured for social distancing
    • signage for improved traffic flow
    • sanitation of all station counters and common areas every 30 minutes
    • hand-santization stations placed in and around dining halls

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