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Faculty Guide

 

In-Person Courses:

Students are expected to attend all class sessions in person. All college health and safety protocols must be observed while on campus.


  • Faculty can create and implement participation policies as appropriate.
  • Students unable to attend a class due to COVID-19 related complications should not be penalized and alternate arrangements should be made when assessments/content is missed.
  • Interested faculty can explore use of FLEX technology in their classroom .

 

Online Courses (ONL):

Courses designated as Online (ONL) are held entirely online and do not meet at a scheduled time. Students will meet all expected deadlines outlined by the professor and complete work on their own time.


  • Faculty may not offer synchronous sessions to deliver required course content
  • Optional synchronous sessions focused around extra help, exam review, etc. are acceptable provided they are recorded, captioned, and posted as appropriate
  • Students should be expected to complete some form of weekly activity for the purposes of attendance tracking.   Simply  logging in does not count as online attendance
  •  Academically related activities that count towards attendance can include, but are not limited to:
    • physically attending a class where there is an opportunity for direct interaction between the instructor and students
    • submitting an academic assignment
    • taking an exam, an interactive tutorial or computer-assisted instruction
    • attending a study group that is assigned by the school
    • participating in an online discussion about academic matters, and
    • initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course. 
  • All real-time virtual sessions must be recorded and made available for students with captions. See Accessibility Guidelines Section  for more information on closed captioning expectations
  • While proctored exams are not required for online courses, students can be required to come to campus, or an approved testing center, for certain assessments as specified in the syllabus
    • These requirements should be clear in the syllabus
    • The Testing Center does not have capacity to provide testing for entire online or Structured Remote courses
    • Due to limited capacity the testing center can only support exams for:
      • Accommodated FCC Course Exam
        • Students registered with Disability Access Services who require testing accommodations listed on the Student Success Plan (SSP)
      • Pre-Approved Make-Up Testing Students without access to a personal device for testing or students who do not meet the technology/device requirements for online proctoring services enrolled in Online, Structured Remote, Hybrid sections
      • Other circumstances with prior approval from the Testing Center Director to arrange a make-up exam in a proctored environment
      • Submit your test using the Exam Form on the Testing Center page under Faculty and Staff
    • Faculty can work with their AOM to schedule regular classroom time through 25 live to hold proctored exams on campus. Faculty are responsible for proctoring these exams when the Testing Center cannot accommodate the request
    • Faculty can use Honorlock online proctoring services through Blackboard. Faculty can find more information around the Honorlock tool at https://guides.frederick.edu/honorlock or contact the Testing Center
  • Set a consistent method for identifying both the start and end dates for the modules and/or sections of your course
  • A best practice is to provide an easily-identifiable course orientation that uses multiple methods to orient students to the course and establish expectations 
 

 

Structured Remote Courses (SR):

Structured Remote Courses (SR) meet online during scheduled class times, as listed in the schedule and syllabus. These sessions may include lecture, group discussions, review, or skills demonstrations. All sessions should be recorded and made available to students unable to attend.


  • Real-time virtual instruction must be offered during all scheduled class time
    • All SR classes should utilize the entirety of the scheduled class period
  • Real-time virtual instruction can include:
    • Lecture
    • Discussion of readings and concepts
    • Review of course material
    • Demonstration or practice of classroom skills
  • All real-time virtual sessions must be recorded and made available for students with captions. See Accessibility Guidelines Section  for more information on closed captioning expectations
  • FERPA guidelines should be read prior to recording (these pop up automatically in ZOOM)
  • Students are expected to attend SR sessions, and are accountable for all information and material covered in a recorded SR session
  • If a course has grant or certification related requirements for attendance, those guidelines must be followed
  • Faculty can assign graded assessments or provide points for participation in class activities, but should allow for alternatives or make up dates due to COVID related absences
  • Students can be encouraged but not required to utilize a web camera or microphone with the exception noted below for proctored exams
    • Camera use cannot be positively incentivize through extra credit
      • Students cannot be penalized for not turning on a camera
        • Students have many reasons for not turning on a camera:
          • They may not own one
          • There may be technology/bandwidth barriers
          • The student may not be comfortable inviting people into their home
  • Web cameras can be required during proctored exams. Students who do not own or are unable to access a web camera should work with their professor ahead of the exam to come up with alternate arrangement
  •  Students may be required to come to campus, or an approved testing center, for certain assessments as specified in the syllabus
    • These requirements should be clear in the syllabus
    • The Testing Center does not have capacity to provide testing for entire online or Structured Remote courses
    • Due to limited capacity the testing center can only support exams for:
      • Accommodated FCC Course Exam
        • Students registered with Disability Access Services who require testing accommodations listed on the Student Success Plan (SSP)
      • Pre-Approved Make-Up Testing Students without access to a personal device for testing or students who do not meet the technology/device requirements for online proctoring services enrolled in Online, Structured Remote, Hybrid sections
      • Other circumstances with prior approval from the Testing Center Director to arrange a make-up exam in a proctored environment
      • Submit your test using the Exam Form on the Testing Center page under Faculty and Staff
    • Faculty can work with their AOM to schedule regular classroom time through 25 live to hold proctored exams on campus. Faculty are responsible for proctoring these exams when the Testing Center cannot accommodate the request
    • Faculty can use Honorlock online proctoring services through Blackboard. Faculty can find more information around the Honorlock tool at https://guides.frederick.edu/honorlock or contact the Testing Center
  • A best practice is to provide an easily-identifiable course orientation that uses multiple methods to orient students to the course and establish expectations 

 

Hybrid Courses (HYB):

Hybrid Courses (HYB) require in-person and virtual participation. In addition to participating in online or real-time virtual sessions, students will be expected to come to main campus, clinical sites, or the Monroe Center for in-person class sessions during the scheduled time. In-person and real-time virtual session meeting dates will be designated on the syllabus. Students are expected to attend all in-person and real-time virtual sessions. Virtual sessions will be recorded and made available to students unable to attend.


  • Face to face and real-time virtual class sessions should be held during the scheduled class meeting time and communicated to students on the first day of class and in the syllabus
  • HYB classes are expected to have at least one on-campus meeting per week, lasting the full scheduled class time
  • If a class has multiple meeting times per week, any session not used for on-campus instruction should be a real-time virtual session. Course content that is not taught on-campus or through real-time virtual sessions should be delivered asynchronously
  • Notify students in the syllabus and through Blackboard at the beginning of the term which sessions will be real-time virtual and which will meet on campus
  • A best practice is to provide an easily-identifiable course orientation that uses multiple methods to orient students to the course and establish expectations

 

Flex Options


Flex classes utilize the streaming and recording capabilities embedded in select classrooms to allow faculty to provide access to course instruction in one or more of the following ways:

  • Record a class
  • Live stream a class for passive real time viewing
  • Structure a class so that students can participate remotely or on campus

There are several reasons to adopt FLEX technology:

  • To record classes so students can review In-Person or Structured Remote instruction later
  • To enable students unable to attend a class session to stay current on course content
  • To provide students with the opportunity to attend the class in person or virtually to provide maximum flexibility

Some important things to know about FLEX options:

  • Not all disciplines and courses may be suitable for FLEX classes due to their content and structure. Use this tool only when it is appropriate
  • Faculty can choose to not use these options at all. FLEX instruction is voluntary and at the faculty’s discretion, though if a faculty member commits it should be utilized throughout the semester in accordance with the guidance below
  • FLEX instruction will be available starting Fall 22
  • HY-FLEX and course capture courses should be identified as soon as possible.  The ability to offer this option is contingent on available space and technology

Faculty may choose to adopt one of the following FLEX categories: Course Capture or HY-FLEX. FLEX categories will be listed in Peoplesoft notes, course attributes, and the course schedule so students can sign up for course sections that best serve their needs, like how low/no cost textbook sections are indicated.

FCC will be offering two types of FLEX classes. Each type will be identified by a different student facing indicator. 

Course Capture:  Faculty will record all lecture and class discussions, to be posted on an unlisted YouTube channel, STREAM or to be hosted by ZOOM for viewing for 30 days after class. Classes are recorded so students can revisit content, and students unable to attend can stay current. Course capture is not intended to replace in person attendance.

  • Course Capture applies to In-Person classes, in-person and structured remote sessions components of Hybrid, classes or Structured Remote classes
  • Recordings can be audio, video, or audio/visual
  • Please note that all real-time session recordings posted online must be closed captioned even if there are no students in the class requiring accommodations. For more information about these compliance guidelines refer to the Accessibility Section of the Faculty Guide
  • All students registered in the course are allowed to access the recording. Instructor permission is not required
  • Course Capture recordings should not be made public or shared outside of the class.  More information on how to appropriately upload recordings can be found in the  Accessibility Section of the Faculty Guide
  • Recordings should be made available for at least thirty days. Course capture recordings are not intended for use across multiple sections
  • Course capture applies to lecture and discussion components of classes. Lab/Studio/Applied activities can be recorded at the discretion of the faculty or program as appropriate
  • Class participation and in-class assessments can still be required, and missing/making up participation/assessment would still require the approval of the instructor

 

HY-FLEX: MHEC defines a HyFlex course format as “an instructional approach that combines in-person and remote learning in a way that students can choose the learning format at their discretion throughout the semester. Each class session and learning activity is offered in-person, synchronously online, and asynchronously online, and students can decide how to participate and alter their participation in that course throughout the term; students can change their mode of attendance weekly or by topic, according to need or preference.”

  • Hy-FLEX applies to In-Person classes or In-Person components of Hybrid classes only
  • Students can choose to attend in person, remotely, or asynchronously without prior approval
  • All classes should be recorded
  • Please note that all real-time session recordings posted online must be closed captioned even if there are no students in the class requiring accommodations. For more information about these compliance guidelines refer to the Accessibility Section
  • Faculty cannot require students to turn on cameras or utilize a microphone
  • Recordings should not be made public to help ensure student privacy.  More information on how to appropriately upload recordings can be found in the  Accessibility Section of the Faculty Guide.
  • Recordings should be made available for at least thirty days
  • HY-FLEX may not be appropriate for all classes. Course capture recordings are not intended for use across multiple sections
  • In the HY-FLEX model faculty should still be teaching from their designated classroom, even if all students are attending remotely.  The HY-FLEX option does not alter the basic course format (In-Person or Hybrid).
Faculty should ensure that there are ways to assess the last date of participation for Financial Aid purposes whether the student is in-person, synchronously online, or asynchronously online.

 

Course Design & Blackboard Support:

If you need assistance from OLII, please submit a support request here:  https://servicedesk.frederick.edu.

 


Course Design Expectations and Tips
 

Learning Technologies
 

Accessibility Guidelines
 

Faculty Links for Additional Guidance
 

Trainings and Individual Consultations
 

Student Academic and Support Resources
 
 
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