Spring Term 2021 Course Delivery Information
As EFSC responds to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the primary focus has been to carefully balance course delivery options that meet students' academic needs while protecting their health and well-being. We've expanded the on-campus course offerings for Spring Term 2021, with an increase in hybrid courses with both online and in-person components in keeping with EFSC's phased approach to expanding on-campus course options. Safety protocols will be in place while on campus, following current CDC and health department guidelines and in-person class sizes are being kept smaller to accommodate social distancing requirements.
As you look at Spring classes on the EFSC Class Schedule, you will see four course types listed, with an important distinction between the two types of remote courses shown on the Schedule as Live Online. It's important you understand the listings and what the course types mean — and that they are subject to change based on the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Face to Face: These courses are planned for on-campus delivery at the location and time listed with a focus on hands-on training in areas such as Health Sciences, Public Safety, Workforce/Career Tech programs, and science courses with critical lab components, plus general education courses as scheduled. Faculty who are teaching face to face are required to meet with their students in the campus classroom at the scheduled times and dates for the course. Faculty will use this time to deliver the course materials. No instruction will occur remotely.
- Hybrid: Courses with this designation are planned to have both online and on-campus components.
Due to social distancing requirements, Spring Term hybrid classes will follow a 50/50
split between on-campus and online class sessions. Instructors must be available a
minimum of 50% of the contact hours in the assigned campus classroom for the course
at the course’s scheduled day and time. Instructors may have differing student attendance
policies for different hybrid courses, but this information needs to be outlined clearly
in the syllabus, and the instructor must be holding class for the scheduled contact
hours in the assigned classroom. Specific details about hybrid delivery will be shared
by the instructor.
Important Note: Face-to-Face and Hybrid classes will have reduced limits on the number of students so that the on-campus classrooms can accommodate the required social distancing protocols in place to protect the health of students and instructors. If on-campus course sections fill up more quickly, we will do our best to add more sections, but the additions will be delivered as Live Online classes in one of the two formats described below.
- Live Online: This designation on the Spring Class Schedule indicates classes that transitioned
from on-campus delivery to remote delivery online. There are two types of courses
listed on the schedule with this Live Online designation: LIVE and LIVA.
- LIVE: Live Online Synchronous (LIVE) is an online remote teaching delivery method meant for students who seek the personal interaction of a traditional in-person classroom, live discussion, and a structured schedule but within a virtual class. Faculty who are teaching LIVE are required to meet and interact with their students in the online environment within the scheduled times and dates for the course. Instructors will indicate how synchronous time will be utilized on their syllabus. Important Note: Since a LIVE class is assigned to a campus and not Eastern Florida Online for enrollment purposes, no distance learning fee is charged for a LIVE class. You can tell a class listed as "Live Online" on the Class Schedule will follow the Live Online Synchronous (LIVE) delivery method if it has specific day(s) and time(s) listed.
- LIVA: Remote Asynchronous (LIVA) is similar to the LIVE teaching delivery method with one major difference: there are no scheduled time or days for online lecture meetings. No mandatory synchronous instruction will take place in a LIVA class; however, instructors may choose to host some live remote sessions at specific dates and times for additional support as posted in the syllabus course schedule. This teaching delivery method allows for maximum student flexibility. Important Note: Since a LIVA class is assigned to a campus and not Eastern Florida Online for enrollment purposes, no distance learning fee is charged for a LIVA class. If a course listed on the Class Schedule as a "Live Online" course does not have a day listed in the Class Schedule and the time shows as 12:00 AM - 12:01 AM, it means that course will follow the Remote Asynchronous (LIVA) delivery method.
- Online Course: These are the traditional Eastern Florida Online classes without a specific day of the week listed. Online delivery is designed to be 100% online with no live lectures and no specific meeting times or dates. This teaching delivery method allows for maximum student flexibility. Note: since an Online class is assigned to Eastern Florida Online (EFO) and meets enhanced minimum virtual classroom standards and other quality requirements required of EFO classes, a distance learning fee is charged for an Online class.
Students in a Live Online class must have reliable Internet access, a microphone and a webcam. Instructors will determine how any live video and audio components of the class will work and when within the originally scheduled class time. Again, such live remote sessions will be more common in the Live Online Synchronous (LIVE) delivery method, but could be offered as additional support when indicated in the syllabus for a Remote Asynchronous (LIVA) course.
EFSC's spring teaching delivery methods listed on the Class Schedule are not subject to change to another modality. However, they are subject to cancellation if they do not satisfy the low enrollment criteria as agreed to by United Faculty of Florida and EFSC Administration.
Visit the Spring Term FAQ page for more details on Spring Term 2021 at EFSC.