Instructional & Classroom Framework

The academic calendar was adjusted to accommodate the Fall 2020 start and ending dates.  As such, the institution will have an on-time start date for classes beginning August 17, 2020 and ending instruction prior to Thanksgiving Break, Tuesday, November 24, 2020. After Thanksgiving, students will complete final exams remotely beginning the Monday after Thanksgiving Break.

The College will de-densify all classrooms to allow for physical and social distancing, with an enhanced commitment to the health and safety of our campus community.

The following protocols will be in place and enforced for in-person classroom settings:

  • All class participants (students and instructors) must wear face masks and students will be encouraged to face the same direction as much as possible.
  • Student occupant capacities in all classrooms will be reduced by approximately 55% or more of standard capacity.
  • In classrooms, a safe distance of at least 6 feet will be maintained between instructor and students, and appropriate accommodations will be made to protect instructors and students (plexiglass barriers, face shields, etc.).
  • Classroom protocols, including new entry/exit procedures and additional disinfection and cleaning procedures, will be posted accordingly throughout the classroom buildings.
  • Additional plexiglass barriers will be provided in instructional labs and other spaces where occupancy of more than 50% must be maintained. Students and faculty are also encouraged to use hand sanitizing stations at the entrances to classroom buildings prior to entering classrooms.
  • Additional personal hygiene measure will be required for common contact points. Students and faculty will be provided hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes to disinfect the surfaces of desks and learning stations both before and after use.
  • Students and faculty experiencing symptoms consistent with coronavirus infection are strongly encouraged to avoid classroom settings and seek care from either the campus Student Health Center or their independent health care provider.
  • Any student who is unable or unwilling to wear a mask or face covering, for whatever reason, should consider online courses, as allowing students in campus classrooms who are not compliant with this protocol could undermine its efficacy and encourage other students to do the same.

Additionally, the library will re-open when the College resumes on-campus classes, with limited capacity determined by physical and social distancing and maximum occupancy requirements.

In addition to physical distancing protocols, EWC will offer a range of instructional options for students and faculty during the Fall 2020 semester. Towards that end, based on the feedback received via stakeholder working groups and campus surveys, instruction for the fall 2020 semester will be offered to all EWC student populations using an adaptive instructional delivery approach that combines a robust combination of on-campus, hybrid, and online options.

Effective Fall 2020, Edward Waters College will resume in person, on-site instruction. This method of instruction, though modified, will allow students the opportunity to engage with faculty and experience an adaptive traditional classroom feel. 

The Division of Academic Affairs at EWC does understand that some students may not feel comfortable returning to face-to-face classroom instruction. To that end, the institution has established three options for modified instruction to accommodate students who cannot return or elect not to return to campus, including the introduction of the “hyflex” model along with traditional online learning modes.

Individual course sections will be offered either in a multi-instructional format or exclusively online.  This will allow students three options for instructional delivery.

  • Option 1: For commuter and on-campus students, a hybrid approach to course delivery – which combines a mixture of face-to-face classroom instruction in conjunction with real-time online instruction – will be available.
  • With this option, students will alternate scheduled class meeting days to ensure physical distancing and safety protocols. They will attend class one day face-to-face with the professor and the next class meeting will be in real-time via Zoom, where they will be able to interact with their instructor and classmates.

*For more information and examples on this and other instruction methods and options for students, please view the Guide to Instruction (add Guide to Instruction link).

  • Option 2: A hyflex approach to course delivery is where off-campus students can elect and register to attend the course section exclusively online. These students in the course can attend along with the hybrid students in real time (synchronous) via Zoom, while having the flexibility to attend in a self-paced (asynchronous) format as needed.
  • Option 3: Another option for off-campus students is a fully virtual (traditional online) approach to course delivery. The mode of instruction is designed for exclusively self-paced (asynchronous) learning. The entire class is conducted exclusively online and based upon the student’s self-pace, participation in discussion boards, and completion of assignments, as the student logs into Moodle. Faculty are not in the physical classroom, rather providing instruction via virtual, recorded, or other means (i.e. Zoom, Moodle). Further, instructors will post content, assignments, and communicate information via Moodle and other platforms.

The following information is also provided regarding additional academic resources for students and faculty:

  • An IT remote learning guide has been posted to help students prepare to learn effectively online
  • Faculty are being trained to teach effectively online. (see one sheeter QR code) Professional Development and Training Guide for Faculty link
  • IT and other campus stakeholders are collaborating with faculty to create content and design these courses for ensuring the same content and learning opportunities as their on-campus counterparts.
  • Online courses will be tailored for the online environment, including high-quality video and audio, engaging activities, opportunities for student-to-student interaction and connections between students and faculty.
  • Academic advisors, tutors, counselors and writing assistance, etc., will be available for all online learners through The Center for Academic Persistence and Success (TCAPS), the Writing Center, and TRIO Student Support Services has been posted to help you prepare to effectively learn online.