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Provide instruction while minimizing the risk
or the spread of COVID-19
Deliver exible instruction through
face-to-face, hybrid and online methods
Ensure that ASU students have the
appropriate academic progress
towards graduation
Ensure enhanced strategies
are in place to support
academic and student
success
GOALS OF FALL 2020
ACADEMIC PROGRAM DELIVERY
Alabama State University and the Office of Academic Affairs are preparing for a Fall
semester that provides a positive learning environment, while protecting the health and
safety of our students, faculty and staff. We are committed to providing students with
high quality instruction using multiple modes of delivery, when possible. The Office of
Academic Affairs has collaborated with other divisions across the campus to adapt to
a “mixed methods” instructional model that maximizes social distancing. Modifications
to the academic calendar prioritize consideration of the health and safety of students,
faculty and staff.
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n Increased Online Learning Opportunities
n Increased Hybrid/Blended Learning Opportunities
n Increased Eight-week Term Courses in both Online and Hybrid Models
n Decreased Traditional Face-to-Face Courses to Promote Social Distancing
ACADEMIC
DELIVERY
MODEL
Hornet F2F Term 1
8 WEEKS
AUGUST 17-OCTOBER 9
FACE TO FACE
Hornet e-Learning Term 1
8 WEEKS
AUGUST 17-OCTOBER 9
ONLINE (ASYNCHRONOUS)
Hornet Hybrid Term 1
8 WEEKS
AUGUST 17-OCTOBER 9
HYBRID
Hornet F2F Term 2
8 WEEKS
OCTOBER 12-DECEMBER 4
FACE TO FACE
Hornet e-Learning Term 2
8 WEEKS
OCTOBER 12-DECEMBER 4
ONLINE (ASYNCHRONOUS)
Hornet Hybrid Term 2
8 WEEKS
OCTOBER 12-DECEMBER 4
HYBRID
Hornet Traditional (F2F, e-Learning and Hybrid)
(16-WEEKS)
AUGUST 17-DECEMBER 4
SELECT COURSES, CLINICAL ROTATIONS, INTERNSHIPS, PRACTICUMS AND LABS
Important Note: Should there be challenges due to the uncertainty of the coronavirus
pandemic during the Fall 2020 semester, all courses will continue through an online
delivery format based on the contingency plan developed by each faculty member
and approved by the department. This will ensure that all students enrolled in the Fall
semester will be afforded the opportunity to continue progress toward degree completion
without interruption.
ACADEMIC CALENDAR MODIFICATION FOR 2020
ASU has developed a modied schedule to end in-person instruction by Thanksgiving Break. This
change will minimize the potential spread of COVID-19. These changes to the academic calendar
will result in the following:
n All nals for graduating seniors will occur November 18-20, 2020.
n All nals for continuing students (non-candidates for graduation) will be taken online during the
week of November 30 - December 4.
n ASU Fall 2020 Commencement Exercises are under review.
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››› Course Mode Considerations
Alabama State University has conducted a
comprehensive analysis of the makeup of its
face-to-face, online and hybrid courses across all
colleges.
n 8-week courses provide the same course
material and course outcomes as 16-week
courses.
n 8-week courses are more intensive and require
the same amount of work and confer the
same amount of credit. Note: This alternative
format requires more dedicated focus for a
shorter amount of time to achieve the course
outcomes.
n Depending on a student’s program of study, we
expect that most undergraduate students who
would prefer to take most or all of their courses
remotely would be able to do so.
››› Virtual Training and Development
n The Academy of Excellence for Research &
eLearning (AEReL) will continue to provide
training and any materials to assist faculty
with instructional design needs (syllabi, course
objectives, rubrics, etc.) when needed.
n Faculty professional development will be
delivered through a variety of virtual modes,
including videos, online resources focused on
online teaching and research, consultations,
and webinars focused on specic technologies.
n Faculty, staff and student meetings will be held
virtually, whenever possible.
››› Levi Watkins Learning Center
n The Levi Watkins Learning Center (LWLC) will
provide learning opportunities, assistance with
research, resources and services to support
scholarly communication, learning assistance
and training.
n The LWLC will provide Information/Reference/
Research Consultation via Live Chat, SMS,
Email and telephone to help faculty and
students learning and working remotely.
n Library Online Catalog databases are available
24/7 for remote access.
n The National Center for the Study of Civil
Rights and African-American Culture will be
available to provide learning opportunities
supporting research in the areas of cultural
heritage, human rights and social justice.
n Website access: http://www.lib.alasu.edu/
››› Online Readiness for Students
Alabama State University is committed to
providing students with tools to develop
necessary online learning skills to promote
learning and achievement in an online
environment. This will be accomplished by
providing students with access to the ASU Online
Readiness Modules to assist with mastering
taking an online course.
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