Updated December 24, 2020
UH Mānoa classroom and teaching laboratory capacity was reduced by about 70 percent in the fall 2020 semester to ensure safe physical distancing, as required by the UH System Guidelines on Facilities and Spaces. This will continue in spring 2021 and the campus remains closed to the public. The hope/expectation is that there will be an increase in-person instruction in fall 2021.
The following is based on the UH System COVID-19 Guidelines on Scheduling of Classes.
- Students should have as much opportunity as is practicable to learn in person with other students and faculty.
- Classes will be scheduled online, in-person, or with a hybrid mix of the two. UH Mānoa will inform students about changes to the format or schedule of courses for which they have registered and ensure this information is available to students making decisions about their schedules.
- Decisions about which classes will be scheduled with an in-person format will be made at the department level and will take into consideration factors such as quality of instruction, accreditation or licensure requirements, specialized resource needs, and the needs of particular student populations.
- UH Mānoa is responsible for ensuring that classes and class activities (e.g., exams, office hours, etc.) are accessible to students, and that students can achieve the same learning objectives regardless of the class format.
- In-person classes will meet in facilities that meet the guidelines for Facilities and Spaces. Select instruction may also take place outside when appropriate.
- UH Mānoa will develop schedules and protocols for cleaning specialized equipment used in laboratory or studio classes.
- Instructors will ensure students receive appropriate preparation and guidance regarding health and safety protocols for activities such as team projects, field trips, internships or clinical placements.
Mode of delivery for spring 2021
(Asynchronous, synchronous, or a combination of asynchronous and synchronous)
- Synchronous — Class is held entirely online, with students expected to meet virtually on a scheduled day(s)/time(s) that, to the greatest extent possible, follow the originally scheduled days and times for the course.
- Asynchronous — Students complete course requirements entirely online, with no specified meeting day(s)/time(s).
(Combination of in-person and online instruction)
- Scheduled — The class meets one or more times face-to-face, but the rest of the course is delivered online. The online portion may be either synchronous or asynchronous.
- Split-Class — Students are divided into concurrent sections with distinct course registration numbers (CRNs) that meet face-to-face on different days, and otherwise participate online.
- Here-or-There (HOT) — Students enroll either entirely face-to-face or entirely online, frequently through web conferencing within a classroom.
(Physically present in a classroom or other education space)
- Students meet in a classroom and/or teaching laboratory modified for social distancing.
The challenges for students and faculty shifting to predominantly online learning were also addressed by the Student Learning Working Group’s report through the following means:
- Instructional design and technical support
- Existing faculty resources
- Available faculty training
- Access to computers, technology and the internet
- Broad guidelines for laboratory and studio courses
- Recommendations for best practices for experiential courses including fieldwork, performing arts and internships
- Evaluation and reconfiguration of service spaces
- Protocols for face-to-face services for advising, tutoring and other student support services