Instructional Methods and Registration

Instructional Methods

In an effort to provide as much flexibility as possible for the Spring 2021 semester, classes will be offered in a variety of formats including online, hyflex, hybrid, and face-to-face. Each faculty member will approach curriculum development in their own way and communicate this approach to registered and interested students. Course modality information for faculty can be found on the instructional continuity page. 

Building your Spring 2021 Schedule

 

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Hybrid

Courses are designed to integrate face-to-face and online activities. Some in-person time is replaced with online learning components. 

  • Where
    A group of students and the instructor are in the same physical space when on campus. Course material is offered in traditional and online formats.
  • When
    Class is held partially online with OR without a scheduled time to attend; and partially face-to-face on campus with a scheduled time to attend.
  • Who
    Hybrid classes are not appropriate for students who have been approved for a fully-remote semester. Exceptions will be considered only in extraordinary circumstances and will require instructor and department chair approval.
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Online

Conducted completely over the internet through the learning management system Canvas. Can be delivered either synchronously or asynchronously.

  • Where
  • All students and instructors interact in a virtual environment. Course material, assignments and learning activities are available online.
  • When
  • Instruction may be delivered and received synchronously (at the same time - associated class time provided in the schedule) or asynchronously (not at the same time - no class time in the schedule).
  • Who
  • Online classes are appropriate for students who have been approved for a fully-remote semester.
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Hyflex (Hybrid-Flexible)

The simultaneous delivery of content face-to-face and online. Student should expect to rotate instructional locations based on faculty assignment to enable physical distancing.

Where
The class will be held simultaneously both online and in the classroom on campus. Course material is offered in traditional and online formats.

When
Class is held at a scheduled time. Instruction is delivered and received at the same time.

Who
HyFlex classes are appropriate for students who have been approved for a fully-remote semester.

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Face-To-Face

Courses where content is delivered in person, at the same time to a group of students. Class size may be limited to enable physical distancing.

Where
All students and instructors are in the same physical space on campus. Course material is offered in traditional formats.

When
Class is held at a scheduled time. Instruction is delivered and received at the same time.

Who
Face-to-face classes are not appropriate for students who have been approved for a fully-remote semester.

Building Your Schedule

At Saint Joseph’s, we believe that offering an on-ground education provides students, particularly undergraduates, the opportunity to enjoy a rich campus experience. For students who have a compelling need to study from home, the University will continue to offer flexibility in the Spring 2021 semester and classes will be offered in a variety of formats including online, hyflex, hybrid and face-to-face.

Your Advising Center is available to help with planning for spring registration. As always, it is essential that you meet with your faculty advisor prior to registration to review your planned courses and obtain your registration PIN (for those who require a PIN).

Important Dates:

  • October 15: Remote Learning Requests due.
  • October 26: Spring 2021 semester calendar available to view.
  • November 9: Registration begins.

If you intend to be fully remote in spring semester:

  • If you intend to be a fully remote student in Spring 2021, please submit the Remote Learning Request Spring 2021 Form by Thursday, October 15.
  • Please note that this is a firm deadline. After this date, only requests related to documented health concerns, disability or extraordinary circumstances can be considered.
  • Students who are fully remote should look for online and hyflex formats. Fully remote students cannot be accommodated in face-to-face courses, and accommodations in hybrid courses will be considered only in extraordinary circumstances.

You can search the schedule by instructional method following these steps:

  • In the Nest, click on the Classes & Registration tab and then Self-Service Course Registration
  • Select Spring 2021
  • Click on Browse Classes
  • Use the advanced search option to search by instructional method.
  • On the results page, click on the course title to confirm instructional method

Careful planning and preparation will help ensure a successful registration. Please see the Advising Center Registration Help Page for registration tools and resources.