Course Delivery and Definitions
Our plan is to create a community of care for everyone at Minnesota State University, Mankato. This involves some changes to how we have done things in the past, but we have created solutions to ensure that our campus community remains safe while delivering the same high-quality education.
Course Delivery Modes
In-Person classes will have required face-to-face interaction in a classroom, lab or field experience. Some course components may be delivered in alternative formats, but the majority of the course is delivered in-person in a space that has been prepared to accommodate students and faculty safely.
Hybrid courses will largely be delivered online, but they may include some required face-to-face interaction as well. For example, one week the class may meet in-person; the next week, it may have online-only activities.
Online Only classes will be offered online, with no in-person interaction. Some online classes are asynchronous, which means that there are no required video conference meetings; others are synchronous, which means that you must engage with the instructor at a scheduled time. Online courses have additional fees associated to them, although those fees do not apply to classes that have moved online as a result of the pandemic. The removal of online course fees for classes that moved to online as a result of the pandemic are currently being processed; reductions will be reflected on your student tuition bill next week.
FlexSync is a synchronous HyFlex learning experience designed specifically with the pandemic and smaller room capacities in mind. This allows us to be nimble while maintaining face-to-face instruction. In a FlexSync course you can engage with instructors either in the classroom or via Zoom. In-person attendance may be adjusted or offered on a rotating basis to meet evolving health and safety guidelines for distancing. There are no additional fees for FlexSync classes.
- Note: You may see the term HyFlex on your course schedule; the Minnesota State system uses HyFlex to describe flexible classes in general—but FlexSync is Minnesota State Mankato’s more comprehensive learning solution designed to support you.
Physical classrooms will be operating at partial capacity to allow for safe social distancing. Not all students will be able to be in the classroom at once, but these plans will help faculty and students work together to create a schedule that allows students who wish to attend in person to be physically in the classroom as much as possible.
Classroom capacities and diagrams of socially-distanced classroom layouts have been diagramed and planned. Please note that these capacities and layouts are subject to change as health guidelines evolve and/or layout and furniture changes to our spaces are implemented.
A list of definitions that you may find helpful in planning for the academic year.