- Return to campus plan
- Safe health practices in response to the coronavirus pandemic
- Campus planning for COVID-19 positive testing results
- Tech answers the COVID-19 challenge
- CARES Act
- UPDATED State Travel Guidelines
- Travel Guidance from ULS
- COVID-19 ULS Directives
- Guidance from Louisiana Department of Health
- Online instruction considerations
- Guide for Teleworking
Dear students, faculty, and staff,
Good Saturday morning. I hope you all are taking advantage of this weekend to enjoy some down time.
As we near the Fall 2020 Quarter, our academic leaders are working with faculty in order to ensure classes will be delivered in a setting that is safer for both students and their professors or instructors. We will deliver classes in one of three ways – online, face-to-face, and hybrid – and those plans may pivot depending on changes in the state’s gathering limits. Regardless of the modality, our faculty are committed to providing exceptional learning experiences.
We are all perhaps more familiar with face-to-face classes. Offered in a traditional classroom, we have worked to prepare those classrooms to be as safe as possible. We have ensured room occupancy will meet state limits, rooms are cleaned regularly, extra cleaning supplies are available, and student seating is spaced appropriately. And, of course, masks are required.
Large classes that would usually be delivered in a face-to-face format will be moved online during this pandemic. These courses can be synchronous, with live lecture time periods, or asynchronous, where students can complete their coursework at the time most convenient for them. Even in these large classes, our faculty are encouraged to provide other meaningful engagement experiences for students wherever possible. You can review Louisiana Tech’s online catalog for classes that will be delivered in an online format.
Finally, some classes will be delivered in a hybrid method that can take advantage of both in-person and online class periods. One form of hybrid is known as HyFlex. In a HyFlex format, courses are delivered both in person and online at the same time by the same faculty member. Professors may split the class so that some students may be online one class meeting and then meet class in person the next. This innovative option may require attending class on alternating days or completing assignments online. I know that several of our professors will be deploying this method to ensure more face-to-face engagement with students.
We have encouraged faculty members to design their courses to anticipate potential disruption during the quarter, and department chairs and unit heads have been working with their deans to identify appropriate accommodations for laboratory and other experiential classes.
Regardless of the mode of delivery for our courses, our Tech faculty will provide solid support for their students. They will continue to maintain regular office hours and provide advising when appropriate on class progression and registration.
We are offering our faculty training courses all summer to help them learn more of the tools and resources that are available to support them in the future.
If you have questions about what the delivery method for a particular fall class will be, please reach out to the professor for that course to ask. They can fill you in on plans for their classes, and we must remember that changes may be made as the situation with the coronavirus changes.
I am looking forward to seeing you soon!