Spring 2021 Course Information

In the face of the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Mississippi has undertaken extensive and exhaustive planning efforts in order to resume daily operations and offer instruction during the Spring 2021 semester.

One outcome of that has been to implement public health guidance and protocols, which limit classroom capacity and activities. The university developed a set of considerations to determine which courses and activities can be offered in person and the format for those, given capacity limitations. As Provost Wilkin stated in a recent video, these format changes are being driven by our compliance with public health guidance and, while some can already be seen in MyOleMiss, the university’s goal is to have all course delivery changes posted in MyOleMiss by July 20, 2020.

Traditional Ole Miss Online (OMO) courses have a specified start and end date, are semester-based, and are completed as a group with classmates and your instructor through Blackboard. A full list of online courses can be found by visiting the MyOleMIss Course Schedule. Additional course delivery information is provided in the chart below.

Course Delivery Modes

COVID 19 Mode of Instruction On-Campus Interaction in Course Face to Face Component Synchronous Instructional
Component
Assessment Proctoring (if used) Office Hours and synchronous engagement with instructor
FACE TO FACE "Room" YES
(in person)
80% OR MORE FACE TO FACE IN CLASS 80% OR MORE IN CLASS PLUS ZOOM FACE TO FACE or ELECTRONIC PROCTORING YES
HYBRID "Uses Room AND Zoom" YES
(in person)
Regular, ongoing sessions in the class are FACE TO FACE Engagement with instructor not face-to-face can be online or via ZOOM FACE TO FACE or ELECTRONIC PROCTORING YES
REMOTE "Converts Room TO Zoom" NO
(all virtual)
NONE A majority of scheduled sessions held using synchronous engagement via Zoom ELECTRONIC PROCTORING YES
ONLINE "Fully Online" NO
(all virtual)
NONE NONE ELECTRONIC PROCTORING As Needed
Note that engagement with the instructor during scheduled class times can include discussions, help sessions, recitations, lectures, assignment or homework assistance, and other forms of engagement with the course material.

Teaching Format Glossary

Course Mode Instruction Format
FACE TO FACE Face-to-Face Instruction – All of the students enrolled in the class are being taught by the faculty member at every (at least 80% of class meetings) scheduled class session face-to-face – that is, students and faculty physically in a room together. (All faculty and all students are in person.)
HYBRID Hybrid Instruction – A hybrid course describes a course in which some traditional face-to-face instruction has been replaced with virtual learning activities or other technology-based instruction. A hybrid course is designed to integrate face-to-face and virtual activities to reinforce or complement one another. The regular, in-person contact with the faculty member will depend on the number of students enrolled in the class and the classroom capacity. Faculty will communicate expectations to students no later than a week before the start of the Spring semester.
REMOTE Remote Instruction – This is a class that uses synchronous sessions using Zoom (or another videoconference technology) with a majority of the class instructor engagement held as synchronous virtual meetings, with the remainder involving asynchronous engagement. The synchronous delivery of a course refers specifically to instances where instructors and students are not physically in the same space at the same time, yet are meeting regularly at a specified “class” time via technology.
ONLINE Online Instruction – A course is designed specifically for delivery to students who are not physically nor synchronously present with the instructor. The pedagogy is designed to teach the material using technology. In addition to asynchronous interaction, it may include occasional synchronous student interaction with the instructor as is mutually convenient.

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