Communications

From Office of Academic Affairs | July 23, 2020

Dear Students,

We are eager to welcome you back to campus, despite these challenging times.  Thank you for your patience. I know you have many questions, and today I write to share information about fall semester classes.

Most importantly, I’m pleased to tell you that we plan to offer over two-thirds of our courses in-person with additional safety measures in place. All classrooms have been reconfigured to allow for physical distancing. Some classes will be moved to larger spaces to allow in-person instruction. Some class start times will be shifted to allow for more time to clean, use restrooms, and transition between classes–and no class has been adjusted more than 20 minutes from the originally scheduled time. More technology will be utilized to allow for live streaming and recording of some classes.

Today we will begin making updates to courses. Changes will first show in Self-Service/Student Planning and then in Moodle. While we make these modifications, you will be unable to make any schedule changes. All changes will be complete by next week and then you will be able to view your updated schedule and revise if needed.

Each course will be assigned one of the following Instruction Methods:

  1. In-Person Instruction: the course meets on campus as scheduled with additional safety measures in place.
  2. HyFlex Instruction: the course is designed for in-person instruction. The instructor teaches from the classroom as scheduled. The course may be divided into subgroups for in-person participation on different days of the week with some students attending in person and some virtually. Class sessions are live streamed and/or recorded when possible.
  3. Hybrid Instruction: the course blends both synchronous (class meetings at scheduled times) and asynchronous (class does not meet at scheduled time) components. Typically the course meets in person or virtually at least one time per week and the students complete asynchronous work for the remainder.
  4. Virtual Instruction: Instruction occurs virtually and most meetings will be at the scheduled class time via technology. The instructor will communicate if any class meetings will not meet as scheduled.

Your faculty will communicate details about each class closer to the start of the term via Moodle and in the syllabus.

As you review updates to your schedule in Student Planning, please let us know if you have questions or wish to make changes. Contact your assigned faculty or staff advisor or advising@peace.edu.

As you might imagine, the schedule is still subject to change as we navigate health and safety guidelines. You will find updates to your own scheduled courses in Student Planning. Additional information will also be available in an updated website early next week.

The faculty, staff, and I look forward to welcoming you to campus for classes soon.

Charles Duncan, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs