Classes and Instruction
St. Thomas is committed to creating a safe instructional experience for students and faculty, while continuing to provide the holistic and personalized education for which the university is known.
Similar to the fall, J-Term and spring course design will include in-person, mixed-model and online instructional modalities. In-person learning opportunities will be prioritized for spring. Many J-Term courses are being offered on-line, but some J-Term courses will be offered in person. Find additional details in the PDF of the Preparedness Plan.
Course Delivery Models
Three basic types of course design – in-person, mixed mode and online – provide flexibility based on programmatic, faculty and student needs, while aligning with best practices in teaching and learning to promote student success.
These classes meet 100% in person in the classroom. In-person classes are contingent on having adequate classroom capacity. These courses will have a Canvas presence that allows for online delivery if needed.
Those attending classes are asked to "clean in and out" by cleaning shared spaces (desks, seats, podiums) with provided cleaning supplies. Faculty will maintain seating charts and take attendance to assist with contact tracing.
These are courses that combine in-person experiences with varied levels of online engagement. Based on classroom capacities for fall, many courses that are typically in-person courses will be delivered in a mixed-mode model.
In these courses, online engagement will be achieved largely through use of the two platforms most familiar to students: Zoom and Canvas, although faculty may use and adapt various platforms for this purpose. In-person class time will typically range from 25% to 75% in mixed-mode courses.
More details about mixed-mode options can be found in the PDF of the Preparedness Plan under "Instructional Experiences."
These are courses offered in a fully online or almost fully online setting. Online options include:
- Online Asynchronous: 100% of instruction is delivered online.
- Online Some Synchronous: 75% to 100% of instruction is delivered online.
- Online Synchronous Distributed: 100% of instruction is delivered online.
- Online Flex: 100% of instruction is delivered online.
More details about online options can be found in the PDF of the Preparedness Plan under "Instructional Experiences."
Technology to Support Instructional Models
All campus classrooms (300 classrooms), along with some additional spaces that are temporarily being used as classrooms, have been fitted with the appropriate technology to offer synchronous learning to students who are accessing a course virtually.
Document cameras are available in each classroom to support remote capture of documents, and new mobile cameras were installed to capture a view of the instructor, whiteboard and classroom during synchronous sessions.
In addition, microphones to capture lecture and classroom discussions have been installed, and faculty continue to be supported with resources to ensure their course design is optimized for the type of instruction offered. (See the PDF of the Preparedness Plan for details on faculty training and instructional support services.)
Additional Information for Faculty and Staff
NOTE: All information on these Campus Preparedness Plan webpages comes from the Preparedness Plan document. If you have questions about what you read on this website, please refer to the latest version of that document.