While things look a bit different this year, we’re very excited to welcome you back for the Fall 2020 semester! UCF has new safety measures and health protocols that prioritize our community’s health and well-being. As you prepare for the Fall 2020 semester, it’s important for you to review your Fall 2020 class schedule on a regular basis for any potential schedule or class format changes.
The Division of Student Learning & Academic Success has been following conversations surrounding the upcoming fall semester to identify key questions from students regarding courses and course modalities. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions that we hope will help you prepare for your fall semester. If you would like to suggest additional questions for this list, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Message from Dr. Theodorea Regina Berry to Incoming Fall 2020 Students
Vice Provost, Division of Student Learning and Academic Success
Dean, College of Undergraduate Studies
Fall 2020 Classes Frequently Asked Questions
What course modalities are being offered for Fall 2020?
Due to the dynamic nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, faculty and staff across the colleges and departments have been busy this summer preparing courses to provide you with an optimal learning experience while taking the necessary precautions to protect the health and well-being of our UCF community. Varying course modalities are one aspect of that planning.
A course modality is the way in which a class is offered/delivered to students by the instructor. On myUCF, each course description includes a modality field, which indicates how and where the course will be taught. Some examples of course modalities being offered for Fall 2020 include:
- M (Mixed Mode/Reduced Seat Time): These courses will include both required classroom attendance and online instruction. If an M course has been converted to 100% online, it will be labeled as V1.
- RA (Active Learning/Reduced Seat Time): These courses utilize web-based learning technologies as the primary instructional medium within a blended course combining required face-to-face and online elements. If an RA course has been converted to 100% online, it will be labeled as a V.
- RS (Video Streaming/Reduced Seat Time): These courses make classroom-based content, such as lectures, available over the web via streaming video. Some classroom attendance may be also required. If an RS course is converted to 100% online, it will be labeled as a V.
“COVID DL EXMP” at the end of the modality field indicates that a course is exempt from the per credit hour Distance Learning Fee.
A graphic explaining all course modalities, and identifying those for which a distance learning fee will be charged, are identified below. More information about course modalities can also be found here: https://cdl.ucf.edu/support/student/modalities/
How can I check what modality my class is being offered in for Fall 2020?
You can verify your course modality for the classes you’re enrolled in by checking your schedule, which can be found in your myUCF portal.
How to View Your Class Schedule in myUCF
- Log in to your myUCF portal, go to the Student Center and then select “Class Schedule” in the drop-down menu labeled “Other Academics.”
- Click on the blue section number for the course you wish to review.
- The class’ modality will be listed under “Instruction Mode.”
How can I check to see if a Fall 2020 course is being offered in different modalities?
To view the modality of a course you’re interested in enrolling in, you can search for it using the “Class Search” function which can be found here: https://my.ucf.edu/psp/IHPROD/GUEST/CSPROD/c/COMMUNITY_ACCESS.CLASS_SEARCH.GBL?pslnkid=UCF_S201303041350157557298501
Will my course modality and/or schedule change again?
Colleges have worked hard to create a stable schedule that is accurate at this time. We do not anticipate significant changes after July 1. Naturally, however, public health concerns and related issues could still lead to modifications. Students are encouraged to monitor their schedules in the weeks leading up to the beginning of the term. We also encourage you to stay in touch with your professors to promote a smooth transition in the event that course modalities must change during the semester.
The location for my course is listed as “TBA.” What does this mean?
In most cases, if the location in your schedule is listed as “TBA,” your class is online. In cases where days and times are also included, your class will be taught remotely but synchronously. This means that you will be expected to participate in course activities at specific times via video conferencing. If you have questions about your course modality, contact your advisor and/or your professor.
What should I do if my class schedule includes a note that I don’t understand?
We encourage students to reach out to their college advising office if they have further questions or need clarification regarding a specific course. The contact information for each college’s advising office can be found here: https://academicsuccess.ucf.edu/ssa/advising-offices/
Will in-person classes, exams or other activities occur after the Thanksgiving break?
No. UCF will switch to remote instruction following the Thanksgiving holiday to minimize risk associated with a potential virus resurgence. Final exams and assessments will be remote. University operations will be normal, with residence halls, libraries, and study and dining spaces remaining open for student use. Because students are permitted to return to UCF Housing for the two weeks of the fall semester following Thanksgiving, no refunds will be provided to students who elect to not return to their residence.
What if I get sick during the semester?
If you become ill with symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and contact your primary care physician, who will determine whether testing or treatment is needed. Avoid contact with other people and follow the CDC’s guidelines regarding how to self-quarantine to prevent spreading the illness.
Students should have a plan for the possibility they may test positive for COVID-19. Residents will be required to isolate up to 14 days or until they receive medical clearance to return to their housing assignment. All residents must disclose to Student Health Services immediately upon notification of positive COVID-19 test status or contact from Florida Department of Health about exposure and instruction to isolate. UCF Housing and Residence Life has designated a limited number of spaces in Academic Year communities, Towers at Knights Plaza, NorthView, UnionWest and Rosen for UCF Housing residents who fall ill and are unable to travel to their permanent residence to isolate.
Faculty are being encouraged to plan courses so that students who fall ill will be able to continue in the class. In particular, attendance requirements have been discouraged, and faculty with a face-to-face component are encouraged to use a hybrid approach that can be available to students who choose to be or because of health requirements need to learn remotely. Review the attendance and makeup policy for each of your courses at the beginning of the semester and work closely with your professor if you need an illness-related accommodation.
In the circumstances you become seriously ill or must be out for an extended period and cannot complete the course, you may be eligible for an incomplete or medical withdrawal. Please review those policies here for further guidance: Incomplete Policy and Medical Withdrawal Policy. Please note that students who complete a course are NOT eligible for medical withdrawal.
What if I am a high-risk individual who falls into one of the vulnerable populations as outlined by the CDC?
The CDC has identified that certain individuals are or may be at higher risk for COVID-19 and for developing serious COVID-19 illness. See CDC information at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html
According to UCF’s COVID-19 Return to Campus Policy, students, especially those at higher risk, are encouraged to continue remote learning, as appropriate for the time being. If a higher risk student is asked to return to on-campus learning (such as for a clinical training course) or is planning to return to on-campus learning as courses become available, you may make your higher risk status known to your program of study.
BlendFlex Frequently Asked Questions
What is BlendFlex?
BlendFlex is a delivery model for selected face-to-face (P) and mixed mode (M) courses that combines the face-to-face, remote and online modalities. This approach allows faculty members to make modifications for their specific subject matter. We encourage you to contact your professor if you have any questions regarding how your course will be delivered.
For more information about BlendFlex, visit https://digitallearning.ucf.edu/newsroom/keeplearning/blendflex-model/.
What are the benefits of having a course taught using the BlendFlex model?
BlendFlex is intended to offer the maximum flexibility possible to accommodate a variety of learning scenarios. It allows students who wish to return to campus for face-to-face instruction to be allowed to do so. It also allows for those who aren’t comfortable returning or are not able to return to still be able to watch lectures taking place on campus and participate in class virtually.
How does BlendFlex work, and when do I attend my in-person class?
With BlendFlex, you will have the following options of attending class:
- Attending class on campus and in-person part of the time.
- Attending remotely to live lectures using a videoconferencing tool (synchronously) or viewing the recorded lectures the other part of the part (asynchronously) when not in physical class.
For in-person class meetings, your class will be divided, and you will be placed into smaller groups of students that will meet the physical distancing requirements in the assigned classroom space. You will be assigned a class day and permitted to attend that one in-person class meeting per week. You cannot choose another day to attend in person; your only option is your assigned group day. When you’re not in class on the other days, you will “attend” class remotely either through a live or recorded session. Your professor will let you know which class sessions you should attend.
What if I don't want to attend class in person on my assigned day?
Attendance requirements for any BlendFlex courses will be mentioned in the course notes. Make sure to read your course syllabus and become familiar with your instructor’s attendance policies should you choose to not attend on your assigned day. Contact your instructor if you have any questions about the course or its attendance requirements.
- Visit edu/coronavirus for the latest updates regarding COVID-19’s impact on the UCF community.
- For more information regarding Fall 2020 courses and modalities for international students, visit ucf.edu/coronavirus for the most up-to-date information from UCF Global.
- For more information regarding Registration Waitlist, visit ucf.edu/waitlist.
- The COVID-19 Return to Campus policy is available online to view and will be updated to reflect changes in federal, state and Board of Governors guidance or changing health conditions.
- For more details and updates on UCF’s phased return to campus, visit edu/coronavirus/returning-to-ucf.
- For a list of what’s open and events that have been cancelled at UCF, visit edu/coronavirus/whats-open-at-ucf.
Check out this helpful video from the UCF Burnett Honors College where UCF BHC peer advisors Marley, Mackenzie and Anika explain what class modalities are so you can be prepared for fall classes!