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 plan to expand the on-campus course offerings for Spring Term 2021, with an increase in hybrid courses on the class schedule. A hybrid course has 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. As you register, which is underway now, 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.
- 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 "flexible
hybrid" model. For the majority of Spring Hybrid classes this will mean a 50/50 split
between on-campus and online class sessions. However, under EFSC's hybrid course guidelines,
instruction could be completely online with at least one on-campus availability each
week to meet with the instructor at the assigned day, time and classroom location
to ask questions or go over projects. Specific details about hybrid delivery will
be shared by the instructor.
Important Note: Most 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 could be delivered as Live Online or traditional online courses.
- Live Online: These indicate Spring classes that transitioned from on-campus delivery to remote delivery online. IMPORTANT NOTE: If 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 work can be done online at any time, similar to a traditional online course. For "Live Online" courses with specific day(s) and time(s) listed in the Class Schedule, the instructor could choose to deliver content "live" in Canvas or Microsoft Teams at the designated time. See more details below.
- Online Course: These are the traditional Eastern Florida Online classes without a specific day of the week listed.
The "Live Online" versus "Online Course" distinction on the Class Schedule is important to understand when registering for classes so please read additional details below.
“Live Online” course content may be delivered synchronously, meaning in real time,
at a specific date and time, in a virtual classroom. "Live Online" courses are offered
remotely online, but are connected to and operated through one of EFSC’s four campuses.
“Online” courses are delivered asynchronously, meaning not in real time or at a specific time or place. These traditional online courses are independent of a physical campus and operated through Eastern Florida Online.
Many "Live Online" courses also will be delivered asynchronously, based on the teaching style that the instructor chooses to use. Each instructor will let students know within the Canvas platform and course syllabus whether they will deliver the Live Online course in a synchronous (real-time) or asynchronous method.
Because students could be required to log in to a "Live Online" class during the scheduled day(s) and time(s) and participate virtually, Live Online classes are not considered part of Eastern Florida Online. 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. Other elements of the class, such as certain assignments, will happen without real-time interaction between the student and instructor.
Visit the Spring Term FAQ page for more details on the different class formats, including Question 6 with information on understanding the schedule abbreviations in myEFSC once the online registration system opens on October 26 and you can register for your spring classes.