This document summarizes sources of support, clarifies terminology around course delivery modalities, and outlines expectations for the delivery of all OSU credit-bearing classes during Fall 2020.
This document was prepared with extensive input from faculty listed below, and it has been endorsed by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee.
For purposes of this document, the term faculty is used broadly to include all employees engaged in supporting student learning (research faculty, instructional faculty, professional faculty that engage in classroom teaching, and graduate teaching assistants).
New technology and course modalities bring with them new and unique challenges. In response, OSU is providing additional training and 1:1 support for faculty as they develop their remote teaching capabilities. The following resources are available to support and assist faculty:
AS OSU prepares for the fall, it is important that students registering for classes have an accurate understanding of the kind of teaching and learning experience they may expect for a given course offering. Below are terms describing different modalities faculty are using to deliver their courses. Modalities have been noted in the online Schedule of Classes.
Note that synchronous course components are those for which the instructor and students meet on scheduled days and times as a class (meetings may be face-to-face in classrooms, using Zoom, or some combination of both). Asynchronous course components are those with no required specific class meeting times. Asynchronous components are typically structured around weekly tasks and deadlines and students interact with instructors and other students using Canvas tools and other technologies.
The following are OSU’s modalities and associated characteristics for the Fall 2020 term: