In response to COVID-19, our academic planning task force has reimagined course delivery to align with physical distancing practices while maintaining our academic standards and meeting or exceeding accreditation requirements. Many courses will include highly flexible models of instruction that allow for physical distancing within classrooms and remote participation by students and faculty in alignment with health and safety guidance.
Students and faculty who are not comfortable attending in-person have the option to remain fully remote for Spring 2021. Our goal is to offer most classes in a flexible platform that allows students to be in-person, remote, or a combination of the two. Any student wishing to take all their courses from a remote location should contact the appropriate staff/faculty member associated with their College or School for a schedule review and adjustment, if necessary.
Students are welcome to exercise this option. However, in some cases, remaining remote may impact degree progression. Therefore, it is critical that students work with their programs when making schedule adjustments. To do this, students should contact their academic advisor.
Because faculty also have a choice in returning to campus, it is likely many faculty will teach virtually. That is, while some instructors will teach from the classroom, other instructors may teach from a remote location.
Please visit this site for information on instructional methods and how your individual courses will be delivered.
As part of our commitment to flexibility, students and faculty are also permitted to pivot between remote and in-person attendance throughout the semester. Should health or regulatory conditions warrant, our FlexLearning model will allow for the possibility to pivot to fully remote instruction as needed.
FlexLearning course delivery allows students to attend the same class in-person or remotely via Webex.
This flexibility may be used throughout the semester to meet student needs and preferences as well as adjust to evolving distancing guidelines due to the current health crisis.
FlexLearning faculty leaders will provide training and support.
Alternating Groups: Ability for half of the class to attend in person and half to attend virtually.
Alternative to Absence: Ability for instructors and students to attend virtually.
Traditional Classroom: Ability to enhance traditional learning.
FlexLearning classrooms are flexible. We are preparing for the future of education, including the capability to hold classes where:
Instructional designers, communicators, programmers, technologists and student workers are coming together to make this endeavor successful.
The Barry University Flexible Learning Action Team is supported by faculty flexible learning leaders and mentors providing momentum for each of our faculty who engaged in learning circles.
Quality and responsive FlexLearning provided by our extraordinary faculty will boldly transform our campus, the productivity of the learning experience and promote a culture of safety and the confidence of our student learning community.
Please review the Back to Barry Guide for more information about classroom setup, policies and procedures.