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COVID-19 Updates 07/21/20

July 21, 2020: Course Changes for Fall Term 

 

Dear Students,

TCTC Strong: Our Path Forward is the name we have chosen to represent our collective journey to return to on-campus learning while protecting the health and safety of our students, employees and community.

To ensure a safe on-campus learning environment this fall, we are making some adjustments to how we deliver courses. The changes outlined below reduce the number of students on campus or in a classroom at any given time while continuing to provide a high quality learning experience.

Course Delivery for Fall Term
TCTC will offer face-to-face, online and hybrid (combination of face-to-face and online) courses in the fall. Course delivery decisions have been made based on the unique needs of each program and major. Courses that require hands-on learning will continue in person as much as possible. In general, most courses previously published as face-to face courses will now have a combination of online and on-campus instruction.

To view any changes to the courses for which you’ve registered, review your Bill and Schedule on the My Dashboard tab of eTC. For each course, be sure to review the column labeled “Delivery Method.”

Instructors will communicate more specific changes via email by July 27. You may receive several emails from each of your instructors, so please be sure to read each one carefully. If you have questions about how your course will meet, please reach out to your instructors by email. If you have questions about changing the courses for which you’re registered, please reach out to your academic advisor.

Below is an explanation of each delivery mode:

  1. Face-to-Face – Courses are taught in person on campus.
  2. Distance Learning – Courses are taught entirely online; students complete coursework based on an established schedule of assignments and activities but are not required to be online at the same time.
  3. Distance Learning with Option to Come to Campus – Courses are taught entirely online. An assigned classroom will be available on campus for students who do not have access to Internet at home or have another need to be on campus.
  4. Distance Learning: Synchronous/Asynchronous – Courses are taught entirely online; students engage in online learning at the same scheduled time (synchronous) for a portion of the course and other instruction occurs via recording or other assigned activity (asynchronous).
  5. Distance Learning Synchronous – Courses are taught entirely online; students are online at the same scheduled time.
  6. Hybrid Asynchronous – Students rotate between face-to-face learning on campus at a scheduled time and asynchronous (not a defined time) online learning.
  7. Hybrid Synchronous – Students rotate between face-to-face learning on campus and online learning at a scheduled time.
  8. Modified Tutorial – Courses are taught online at a scheduled time with a face-to-face component as needed. Face-to-face instruction occurs via flexible attendance rather than a predefined meeting pattern.

Support Services for the Fall
Student support services will be offered in both a virtual and in-person format. Physical distancing and safety measures will be in place in all support offices and appointments are strongly encouraged. Appointments can be scheduled by phone, email or Starfish (for many offices).

Health and Safety
I understand that some of you may have mixed emotions about returning to campus when there is an increase in COVID-19 cases across our state. TCTC is taking the necessary steps to minimize the spread of coronavirus on our campuses. All students, employees and visitors are required to practice physical distancing and wear a face covering/mask. More information about the face covering/mask requirement can be found on our website. In addition, course delivery changes balance health and safety with providing the best learning environment possible. For example, classes with face-to-face instruction are adjusted to reduce the number of students in a room at one time.

Before returning to campus, you need to watch a return-to-campus video once and complete a COVID-19 health screening form each week. If you answer “yes” to any of the questions on the health screening form, do not come to campus. Instead, stay home and notify Student Support using this form. Your instructors are preparing options in case you feel sick to minimize any missed class time.

Maintaining a safe environment is a responsibility we all share. Your adherence to safety guidelines will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses and in our communities.

I appreciate your flexibility and patience as we continue planning for a safe and successful start to the fall semester.

 

Regards,

Ahmad Chaudhry, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President, Academic Affairs