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The in-person instructional mode includes traditional residential instruction through November 20. After November 20, all classes will meet remotely.
Students meet in the assigned classroom at the time assigned in the course schedule. Students are expected to attend all classes in-person. In the event of occasional and/or temporary absence, students will follow the attendance policy of the University, with some flexibility.
In the event of an extended absence from an in-person class, the University will work with the student to identify communication and collaboration tools appropriate for the student to successfully complete the course to the extent available. In the event of a change in circumstance that would impact a student’s ability to attend in-person prior to the start of the fall 2020 semester, the University will work with the student on the selection of an alternate course.
Place: Room is assigned.
Time: Days and times are assigned.
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Why It Works
- preferred method of instruction for students who choose resident instruction at a campus/college
- familiarity from both student and faculty perspectives
- strong student engagement in the learning process with a wide variety of teaching-strategy options that can be learner-centered with the learners efficiently and effectively a part of a learning community
- no additional instructional preparation needed for faculty or students, with the exception of masking, social distancing, and contact tracing considerations
- students are expected to attend all classes in-person
- in the event of occasional and/or temporary absence, students will follow the attendance policy of the University, with some flexibility
- in the event a student has an extended absence, access to content should, whenever possible, be made available with tools to connect remotely
Penn State Guidelines
- COVID-19 Classroom and Syllabus Guidelines for Instructors (PDF) - Guidelines for communicating classroom behavioral requirements and ensuring student compliance.
- Experiential Courses Guideline/Process (DOC) - Guidelines and processes for courses requiring hands-on or experiential, in-person work to accomplish course learning goals and objectives.
- Instruction, Universal Masking and PPE Recommendations - Guidance on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the classroom to ensure the safety of our faculty, staff and students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Frequently Asked Questions
Review the following frequently asked questions about in-person instruction. For additional information, read the general fall 2020 frequently asked questions.
In-Person Instruction FAQs
If I want to provide my course in an alternate delivery mode for students who cannot participate in my CP (In-Person) or CM (Mixed-Mode) course, how do I ensure they know it’s available to them?
The department and campus scheduler can create a “mirror” section, which provides remote options to students who request them. A “mirror” section is a CR (Remote Synchronous) or CW (Remote Asynchronous) coded section that is added to a course that is currently CP or CM. It provides a remote option for what is otherwise a course with significant in-person content. The mirrored section will meet all of the same learning objectives as the original CP/CM section. The multiple sections can be merged in Canvas to aid the instructor in providing a unified and coordinated experience for both in-person and remote students. See the evolving document, “Creating Remote Mirror Sections for In-Person Courses” for details.
How do I support group projects for in-person instruction if some or all of my students are remote?
Remote students can collaborate in Zoom or using digital tools such as Canvas groups or Microsoft Teams that provide workspace, communication, and file sharing. Students have many other online applications to collaborate remotely (i.e., Zoom, Google, etc.).
If you have made special arrangements for some of your students who are out for a period of time to connect remotely during class, consider dedicating some of your in-person class time for groups of students to work on projects either face-to-face or in Zoom break-out rooms.
If I require attendance as part of participation in the in-person course, can I subtract points if students don’t attend class?
Instructors should follow Faculty Senate Policy 42-27, Class Attendance, which identifies examples of legitimate, unavoidable reasons for absence, such as illness, injury, military service, family emergency, or religious observance. Instructors should accommodate student absences with flexibility during this pandemic period, especially as we don’t want students who feel ill to think that they should attend class so that their grade is not negatively impacted by an absence.
Other general resources about attendance requirements as a part of participation in the course:
- View current information related to COVID-19 and classroom attendance policy on the Penn State Coronavirus Information website.
- Read Class Attendance procedures (undergraduate).
While you are not required to take attendance for your in-person course, if you want to take attendance, consider the following options:
- Integrate iClickers into live sessions.
- Develop a participation survey/quiz for students to complete after each in-person session. Ask students to either expand on content discussed or ask questions they would like covered in future sessions.
- Create a reflection assignment (e.g., one thing I learned, one thing I still have a question about).
Be sure to check with your college or campus regarding locally mandated syllabus policies.
For this instructional mode, consider adding a brief description of how you will conduct class in this mode and your expectations for students’ participation. You might address questions like, should students be active during whole-class discussions and should they participate in small group activities by speaking with each other or by using online communication and collaborative tools?
Resources for Enhancing Your Teaching
The following instructional resources have been curated by educational developers and instructional designers and reviewed by faculty throughout the University. They are offered in the spirit of support for instructors who need to learn teaching in new modalities or who want to enhance their teaching effectiveness in familiar modalities.
These resources are for faculty who prefer to learn on their own, with a “give me the information and I’ll apply what works for me” approach.
- Teaching Guide for Faculty for In-Person Instruction
- Engaging your students with multimedia assignments
- Faculty Technology Resources
These resources are for those who prefer to talk with colleagues or someone with expertise in learning or course design.
- Schedule a Consultation
- Tech Tutors and Tech TAs
- Talk with a University Librarian
- Faculty Instructional Consultants
“Explore Links and the Web” Resources
These resources are for instructors who prefer to do their own web research, exploring links and making conceptual and practical connections.