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Fall 2020 Course Delivery Attributes

High-level course attributes help explain how a course is being delivered in Fall 2020.

These class attributes indicate, at a high level, how each section will be delivered in the fall.  Although subject to change, they reflect the most up-to-date information available and will be updated as faculty status changes.

Note that some courses are being taught in "dual-mode," which means that they have have two sections - one FS/MIX/RSOC for on-campus students, and one RA/RSOF for off-campus students.  When you are searching for classes, please take note of the delivery attribute so that you select the section of these "dual-mode" classes that you need.

Students who cannot be in Williamsburg should select classes that are RA (remote, asynchronous) or RSOF (remote, synchronous, off-campus).  Note for the RSOF classes the days and times (Eastern time zone) when you’ll be expected to participate in class.

Students who will be in Williamsburg might focus on the FS (face-to-face, synchronous), MIX (blended), or RSOC (remote instructor, synchronous, on-campus) classes, which will each feature some in-person instruction.  You may also enroll in remote classes.

More details about all courses will be available in the syllabi.  Although some syllabi may already have been posted to Blackboard, others may be still in development.

FS: Predominantly face-to-face and predominantly synchronous

These will be largely in-person, on-campus classes that meet in rooms with sufficient social distancing for all students to be present in each class. Some instructional material and delivery will be available through approved remote/distance methods (such as Blackboard, Google Classroom, or other digital tools/resources), possibly including discussions.

MIX: Blend of in-person instruction with expanded remote delivery of instructional material, content, and activity

These will have in-person components on campus as well as digital learning experiences facilitated through approved remote/distance methods (such as Blackboard, Google Classroom, or other digital tools/resources). Specific delivery techniques vary; one example is “flipped” instruction with recorded lectures and in-person meetings of one-half or one-third of students or other blended techniques. Additional examples will be introduced through the summer, and details will appear on the syllabus, which will be available via Blackboard.

RA: Predominantly remote and predominantly asynchronous

These will be largely online courses that can be received by students at any time. All courses will include some direct interaction with faculty and, in some cases, with other students at the same time, but the vast majority of instruction will be asynchronously and digitally delivered. 

RSOC: Predominantly remote and predominantly synchronous on-campus

These courses will meet at fixed times with a remote instructor. Students will attend in-person on-campus, to facilitate in-class discussion. Some one-on-one interaction between student and professor will occur.

RSOF: Predominantly remote and predominantly synchronous off-campus

These courses will meet at fixed times with a remote instructor. Instruction will be received remotely by all students simultaneously. Some one-on-one interaction between student and professor will occur.