- What will the campus do to make the online learning experience more robust and beneficial in all my classes?
- How large will cohorts be and how will they work?
- Will the cohort model impact students’ flexibility in course selection?
- If I need or want to pursue my degree from CU Boulder fully remotely next term, will I be able to do so?
- Will campus extend the deadline for switching a class to pass/fail? (adjust grading scale)
- Will the learning assistant program be maintained?
- How will I work on my research project?
- What if I have a complaint or grievance about my class?
- I am a senior and a class I need to graduate is not available. What should I do?
As we approach our academic mission during this time, students and faculty will see a number of changes this fall that emphasize the health and safety of everyone on our campus. These modifications are aimed at maintaining a robust instruction and learning environment, while keeping all of our community members safe.
The main accreditation criteria for our courses remain the same whether they are taught in person, online or remotely: Our courses must involve regular and substantive instructor interaction with students. With remote and online teaching, instructors are able to:
Provide regular instruction and interact regularly with their students.
Provide full and substantive assessment and regular responses to students’ coursework.
Be proactive and available in providing information or responding to students’ questions about the content of the course. (Instructors typically begin the semester with a class discussion about the content of the course to make sure that all students understand expectations.)
We are implementing a first-of-its-kind “First-Year Academic Experience” for all first-year students. Those students will be housed and enrolled in classes with small cohort groups. Courses will be offered in a variety of in-person, distance and hybrid formats.
Instructors across campus are thinking carefully about how to interact with students and design teaching practices that promote learning in face-to-face, remote and online modes. The Center for Teaching & Learning has partnered with Continuing Education, the Office of Information Technology and the Provost’s Office of Academic Innovation to offer workshops and provide resources and individual consultations for faculty on effective, evidence-based practices for remote and online teaching.
- The Academic Instruction Implementation Team is working with Housing and Dining Services on the best approach to first-year cohorts. Cohort design will be variable depending on the academic experience and living environment. Our goal is to have students with common academic interests and common courses share living spaces, such as the floor of a residence hall.
- We anticipate that smaller academic cohorts may vary from 25 to 150 students dependent on academic interests and the courses in which students are enrolled. Smaller cohorts will exist within a larger cohort that, in most cases, will represent the residence hall.
- Breaking large student networks, in which students take classes across multiple student groups, into smaller student networks taking the same group of courses can reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19. Academic cohorting will also help create for our first-year students the natural cohorts that tend to emerge for upperclassmen as they move into upper-division courses specific to their majors.
- The courses first-year students will take will focus on courses that promote their academic progress, including general education requirements and major requirements. They will also have an opportunity to schedule elective courses, primarily as online options, outside of their cohort.
- The cohort model provides a smaller, residential college experience within a larger university setting and will allow first-year students to start off strong, complete required courses and work toward earning their degrees while staying safe on campus.
Yes. The campus is committed to equitable remote options for vulnerable/at-risk populations and meeting the needs of students whose health or personal circumstances require them to learn remotely. A foundational principle of our Academic Implementation Team is ensuring the campus will offer enough fully remote and/or online options that students who cannot attend courses in person can make progress toward their degrees. However, not every course will be offering remote instruction, and this may require a fully remote student to choose different classes.
No. This arrangement was to apply only to the adjustment period of the spring 2020 semester. When fall semester convenes, regular grading practices will be resumed.
The implementation teams recognize the importance of undergraduate learning assistants (LAs) and graduate teaching assistants (TAs) who help faculty teach in person, online and remotely. TA and LA support can promote undergraduate student success, especially as students and faculty transition to new ways of teaching and learning.
Contact the faculty member who is supervising your research and work with them to focus on the best approach to continuing the research project.
At CU Boulder, all students at all times have the right to lodge a complaint or grievance they deem important without fear of retaliation of any sort or any other adverse consequence. See Student Appeals, Complaints, and Grievances: A Brief Guide for how to make a complaint or lodge a grievance.
Seniors are encouraged to work with their advisors to make sure they stay on track to graduate.