Synchronous Online Courses for Spring 2021 Semester
November 9, 2020
Dean Laura Belmonte notes:
As we near the end of this challenging semester, I am committed to ensuring our students’ success and to making continual improvements to their instructional experiences under these trying circumstances. Accordingly, I strongly urge faculty members whenever possible to convert asynchronous online Spring 2021 courses to synchronous online courses.
Of all the modalities we are currently using, asynchronous is the least successful. In some cases, courses amount to little more than posted readings and quizzes — a learning experience drawing many complaints from students and their families.
While there may be instances where there are compelling reasons for retaining an asynchronous core modality, please include regular opportunities for live interaction with students in every College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences course.