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Spring Semester 2021

1. What are the expectations of a remote-synchronous course?

Remote-synchronous courses meet through Zoom during the posted days and times on the course schedule and are a great option for students who can commit to a set schedule for the entire semester. Students should plan to attend the live sessions to interact with their faculty and classmates, participate in class discussions and ask questions in real time. Students who miss a live session will be able to view the recorded Zoom sessions, on demand, through Moodle.


2. What are the expectations of a remote-asynchronous course?

Remote-asynchronous courses do not meet through Zoom during scheduled days and times. However, the faculty will post video lectures in Moodle and will maintain weekly virtual office hours. Students are encouraged to connect with their faculty during the virtual office hours to discuss course assignments, questions on the course material or any general questions and concerns. In both cases, course syllabi will provide guidance regarding exams, assignments, deadlines, etc. Review your course syllabus to make note of important dates and deadlines.


3. What are the expectations of online courses?

Online courses are not offered during a specific day and time. Students can access the course at any time.  However, your instructor will have scheduled quizzes or exams and deadlines for submission of homework assignments. You instructor may also choose to offer recorded lectures or virtual office hours whereas remote-asynchronous will always be taught through recorded lectures. Review your course syllabus to make note of important dates and deadlines.


4. What is a hybrid course?

A hybrid course is a combination of remote/online learning with scheduled days and times on campus. In some instances, lab courses may meet on campus instead of through Zoom. Labs that require hands-on experiences that cannot be replicated in a virtual environment or have accreditation and/or licensing requirements will be held on campus. Labs meeting on campus will carefully follow CDC recommended protocols to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff.


5. How do I know if my course is being offered remote-synchronously, remote-asynchronously, hybrid or online?

You can verify how your course is going to be offered by logging into Student Planning to view your class schedule or by searching within the course catalog. Courses will have a clear designation in the location for the course.

  • Remote-synchronous will appear as “Live Instruction ZOOM”
  • Remote-asynchronous will appear as “Pre-Recorded Instruction”
  • Online will appear as “Online”
  • Hybrid will list one of the options above as well as a building and room location for the dates the lab will meet on campus.


6. How do I know if my course will meet on-campus?

Courses that have on-campus meetings will list a building and room location for the dates the students will meet on campus. The course syllabus will also specifically list on-campus dates and additional guidance.


7. Why does my course still list a campus location if the course is being offered remotely or online?

Courses being offered in a remote or hybrid modality are still associated with a campus due to internal reporting needs. This is not an indicator that the course is meeting on campus. However, if your course is hybrid, students will meet at the campus listed for any on-campus sessions.  On-campus courses will always list a building and room number.


8. Will my instructor record lecture and/or labs in case I am unable to attend?

Yes, instructors of remote-synchronous courses will record any virtual meetings and post the video in Moodle for student viewing. Students should plan to watch the recording as soon as possible after the scheduled lecture to ensure they do not miss any important information and remain on track with their course work.


9. Can I schedule a meeting with my instructor?

Faculty are available to meet with students. The preferred method is virtual appointments to be scheduled through Zoom. Check your course syllabus for your instructor’s office hours. You can contact your instructor via email or Moodle requesting an appointment.


10. Has the spring semester calendar changed?

No changes were made to the spring semester calendar. Courses will be offered in the standard 15-week format unless otherwise noted on the course catalog. Some courses will be offered in an accelerated, 8-week format.  Review your course syllabus for key dates in each of your courses. Spring break and other holidays will still occur as scheduled.


11. My course has a proctored exam. What does this mean? Do I have to come to campus?

Some proctored exams are provided remotely either under direct oversight of the instructor or using a proctoring tool such as Respondus. Other proctored exams may be provided on campus following strict safety protocols. Your instructor will provide you with specific information regarding course exams.


12. I am scheduled for a field experience course. How does this work during the pandemic?

Field experiences are dependent upon site availability. Some businesses may not be accepting students while others may welcome students with no restrictions. Work directly with your course instructor to plan for your field experience.


13. My course is scheduled to be on campus. What do I need to know to safely participate?

It remains critically important that all students, staff and faculty comply with state and federally mandated safety precautions. All courses providing instruction in a face-to-face format are required to have a detailed safety plan in place. For the safety of all students and staff, you will be required to wear a mask and maintain appropriate physical distancing when on campus.


14. How do I get my books?

The bookstore is open on the Newark campus and adhering to appropriate safety protocols. Textbooks and course material can be ordered online through the Newark campus bookstore for delivery to your home address or picked up in person. If you are a financial aid recipient, you must submit the Authorization for Books and Shipping Costs form available at my.cotc > COTConnect > Students > Bookstore Charge Transactions.


15. How much time should I plan to spend on my online/remote courses?

Remote-synchronous courses have scheduled lectures that students are encouraged to attend. Days/times are listed on the academic schedule. We recommend that you create your own schedule for remote-asynchronous and online courses as well so that you have dedicated time each week to engage in learning through videos, discussion posts, readings, etc. Additional time each week should be reserved for completing assignments and projects, however, this may vary depending on the course.