Dear Students,

Note that there are three instructional modes to the course listing, two of which should be familiar to you.

  • FACE TO FACE: All courses classified as face-to-face are simply courses, as you have always known them – face-to-face with your instructors and peers in a classroom space. The main difference is that the classroom space will be socially-distanced, and as noted elsewhere, you will be required to wear a facemask.  All face-to-face classes will also be simulcast and recorded on Zoom. This way you will not miss anything if you have an anxiety about attending class or if you otherwise need to miss class.
  • ONLINE: The other familiar instructional mode is the one you experienced during the shutdown last semester. These are classes taught strictly online. Only about 15% of all of the University’s courses are online in the fall. We had to put some courses online because of room capacity concerns and health risk factors that applied to the instructors of record.
  • HYBRID: The one instructional mode that might be unfamiliar to you is what that we are calling hybrid courses. All courses classified as hybrid are, in effect, face-to-face classes that will result in some alternating form of in-class attendance. In other words, some percentage of the students enrolled in class will be in-person while the remaining percentage will be on the Zoom platform. The instructor will work out a system that equally divides your physical attendance in class with your attendance on the Zoom platform, unless if you prefer using Zoom to being in class.

The important thing to remember is that, irrespective of the instructional mode assigned to your class, the content and learning goals remain the same.

You should also know that the University regards your safety as its primary concern.  As indicated, everyone will be required to wear a facemask on campus and the seating arrangements in the classrooms will be are redesigned to reflect a social distancing strategy. The University will also test all students, faculty and staff for the infection and will be asking everyone to use a symptom and location program to help respond to any case resulting in a positive test result. We are taking all of the important precautions to ensure that your time here will be safe and conducive to learning.

If you do, don’t hesitate to email our Office of Student Services at edustudentservices@ua.edu or check our website for guidance.  If you need to adjust your schedule, or if you have a specific question about a particular course, please click on the following link and enter your information for “Ask An Advisor” https://education.ua.edu/students/make-an-appointment/.  Someone will address your concerns and/or questions as soon as possible.

It will be a happy day for us to see all of you back on campus. It will clearly be a challenging semester, but at least we will be together, trying our best under difficult circumstances to bring the university back to life and to recommit ourselves to each other.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Peter Hlebowitsh, Dean