Traditional Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes will again be taught on M/W only, for the usual 50 minutes. No in-person classes will meet on Fridays, but you may still have assignments or virtual meetings on Fridays.
Traditional Tuesday/Thursday classes will remain the same, but class time will be reduced to 50 minutes.
In-person classes will be structured the same as they were for Fall 2020, using the hyflex model.
“Hy” stands for hybrid. How does that apply to in-person classes? To allow for social distancing, most in-person classes must be split into in-person learning days and online learning days due to restrictions on the number of students allowed to be in class at once. In some cases, the number of enrolled students in a particular course may be small enough, or the classroom space large enough, to allow for in-person learning on both days of the week.
The “flex” stands for flexible, which means students who must quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19 can still participate online during that time.
Therefore, even in-person classes will have an online component.
As noted in #3, we’re practicing social distancing in all classrooms, which means every student can’t physically be in the classroom every class session. For most classes, students will be divided into two groups with each group only physically being in the classroom once a week. For whatever day you’re not physically in the classroom, you’ll learn online.
Example: for a Monday/Wednesday class, you might learn online on Monday and attend class in-person on Wednesday.
Example: Tuesday/Thursday class, you may be in class on Tuesday and learn online Thursday, for example.
Students will have a few options for online classes, and you may take some of your classes online or all of them online.
- All in-person classes will also be available as online classes. A key difference from fall 2020: you will not be able to decide on a daily basis whether to attend a class in-person or online. By January 19 (the last day of Drop/Add), you must decide how you want to take the course and notify your PAC advisor if you decide to take it online. After that date, you will no longer be able to attend the class in-person.
- You may register for classes that are only offered online and create a schedule that is a mix of in-person and online classes.
- You may choose to take all of your classes online (100% online). If you decide to take ALL of your spring 2021 classes online, you must let your PAC advisor know. This will let the college know that you plan to resume in-person classes after the semester ends or when the pandemic is over.
Note: Students who choose to take all of their classes 100% online will be automatically enrolled in a one-credit-hour Strategies for Academic Success (SAS) course.
If you are opting for the online Associate in Arts degree, which is a fully online degree program, you need to contact Admissions as soon as possible so that you can be counseled in that direction.
All online classes will be held via Brightspace, SMC’s virtual learning platform. Brightspace allows students to access course content, submit assignments, participate in discussions, communicate with their instructor and classmates, and take quizzes and exams.
Be reminded that though all courses are in Brightspace, some instructors utilize 3rd party platforms as well (MindTap, Revel, etc.). Links to these platforms will be found in your Brightspace course and instruction in how to use these platforms will be outlined by your instructor.
The majority of online courses will be taught asynchronously, meaning there is no “live” portion of the class and students will do all coursework on their own schedule. A few, however, will be offered as Live/Remote Online Courses (LROC) which will have scheduled, virtual meeting times.
Students registered for an LROC course will learn material online live with an instructor during the scheduled days and times. Students are expected to attend class remotely via the Kaltura Virtual Classroom. The classes will run similarly to on-campus courses with scheduled meeting times and exams given remotely during class time.
Note: Students must have access to a computer with a microphone and webcam and high-speed internet to participate successfully in this type of course.
If you do not have the appropriate computer equipment to participate, SMC may be able to provide it to you. Please fill out the Tech Needs survey in the student portal.
The day before classes begin, check for emails from your instructors to see what day(s) you are to physically attend class. Some will attend on the first day (Wednesday or Thursday) and some will attend their first day on Monday or Tuesday or the following week.
If you are 100% online:
- Log into Brightspace and view each of your courses
- View your professor’s welcome message and syllabus introductions
All students will be allowed 4 total absences per class for spring 2021. Documented quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19 will not count toward your total absences.
Students taking in-person classes: since you may only be in the classroom one day each week, you’ll be expected to attend that day. If you’re expected to be in class on Monday and you don’t attend that day, you’ll be counted absent.
Students taking online classes: you are counted absent if you don’t log into Brightspace and complete the week’s assignment. LROC students are counted absent if they don’t attend a scheduled virtual meeting time.