Fall 2020 Schedule Changes

On May 29, 2020, the MTSU COVID-19 Operational Task Force released recommendations for the Fall 2020 schedule of classes to adjust for proper social distancing in classrooms and additional online course options.  As a result academic departments have been redesigning and adjusting their courses for a variety of delivery methods during the month of June. As of July 2, 2020, all initial adjustments to the fall schedule have been completed.

Students can now see if the courses they previously registered for have changed on Pipeline under the Registration and Student Records menu and the link "Schedule (Grid Format)." While many classes have remained on campus in a traditional manner, some have changed locations while others have become web-assisted.  Some courses will not meet on campus and have been changed to an online, hybrid, or remote learning format. Descriptions of each type of course, including how to identify them, can be found below.

During July and August as we approach the start of the fall semester we anticipate limited changes to the course types of existing courses, but we will notify students if something has to unexpectedly change. Instructors and room locations may change as always before the start of the fall semester, but we will try to limit changing a course from an on-campus to online format if at all possible. 

A few notes about the fall semester to remember: 

  • The additional online course fee (typically $30/credit hour) has been waived for fall, so students will not be charged this extra fee for any MTSU online or remote class.
  • Out-of-state students in all online or remote classes can qualify for the eRate tuition rate this semseter since they will be considered an online student for fall.
  • Information, resources, and updates as we deal with COVID-19 can be found here: https://mtsu.edu/stayoncourse/index.php
  • You can search for classes that are Web-Assisted, Remote, or Online (Distance Learning) by using the "Advanced Search" feature in Pipeline under the link "Look Up Classes" if you are looking for a particular type of course for your needs.

 

Course Types

When looking at your schedule or looking up classes, you can identify Conventional, Web-Assisted, RemoteHybrid, and Online courses by their location, meeting type, or attributes. See descriptions of each course type below, along with screenshots of how to identify them.  If you have any concerns about how a course will be offered, please contact the instructor of the course or the department offering the course. 

 
Conventional courses
  • This is a generic term for a wide variety of courses that will meet in a traditional manner on campus this fall.
  • There will be no difference in how the course meets as listed, and the course will meet on-campus or wherever it is assigned.

On Pipeline under "Look Up Classes" you can identify Conventional courses by their meeting days, times, and location as seen in the blue boxes below:Conventional Course

 

 
Web-assisted courses
  • For the purpose of this fall, these courses will meet partially on-campus and partially online. 
  • Days, times, and locations will be included on the course, although students will likely not meet every day that is listed.
  • Students will be advised by their instructor closer to the start of the term how their Web-Assisted course will function, including  what days they'll need to plan to be on campus and when to be online.
  • Students can expect to meet at least 15 hours or more on campus during the semester for a traditional 3-hour course.

On Pipeline under "Look Up Classes" you can identify Web-Assisted courses by the attribute in the far right column. Days, times and location are included, although students likely won't meet every day listed:Web-Assisted Course

 

On Pipeline under "Schedule (Grid Format)" you can identify Web-Assisted courses under the "Session:Meet Type:Course Dates" column, listed as a "WAST" meeting type. See the blue box below. The arrow is pointing to the days and times of the course a student could have to meet on campus:Web-Assisted Schedule

 


 
Remote Courses
  • These are courses that meet online and may do so on the days and times listed on the course, so students should be available to meet for instruction via Zoom, D2L, or other method during those times. The instructor will let students know whether, when, and how they will meet online.
  • Days and times will be included on the course, but the location will be listed as "REMOTE." 
  • All instruction is delivered online, and students will not be required to meet outside of the listed class time for mandatory meetings. Other coursework will be completed according to deadlines established in the syllabus.
  • If there are no days and times listed on the Remote course, it will function more like a traditional Online course.
  • No additional online course fee will be charged this fall for Remote courses.

On Pipeline under "Look Up Classes" you can identify Remote courses by the attribute in the far right column. Days and times are included for when students will be required to meet for online instruction, and the location of the course is listed as "REMOTE/REMOTE": Remote Course

 

 On Pipeline under "Schedule (Grid Format)" you can identify Remote courses under the "Location" column, listed as a "REMOTE/REMOTE" location. See the blue box below. Days and times are included for when students will be required to meet for online instruction:Remote Schedule

   


 
HYBRID COURSES
  • These are MTSU approved distance learning courses with a limited number of assigned meetings on campus or, in a few cases, assigned meetings held remotely. 
  • Days, times, and locations of the meetings will be included on the course.
  • These differ from Web-Assisted courses because these are mostly online with less than 15 hours of meeting time on campus during the semester for a traditional 3-hour course.
  • No additional online course fee will be charged this fall for Hybrid courses.

On Pipeline under "Look Up Classes" you can identify Hybrid courses by the fact it is online, but also has meeting dates on campus. Days, times and location are included for the assigned meeting dates, but the rest of the course is held online as indicated in the Location column and since the course Section Number starts with the letter "D": Hybrid Course

 

On Pipeline under "Schedule (Grid Format)" you can identify Hybrid courses under the "Session:Meet Type:Course Dates" column, listed as a "HYBR" meeting type. See the blue box below. The location of the course is "ONLINE/ONLINE," but there are also meeting days, times, and locations listed below that when a student will meet on campus. The course Section Number starts with the letter "D":Hybrid Schedule

  


 
Online Courses
  • These are MTSU approved distance learning courses that will not meet on campus. However, proctored exams may be required.
  • Days, times, and locations will NOT be included on the course since it is completely online.
  • Students typically work at their own pace and meet deadlines established in the syllabus for assignments. 
  • No additional online course fee will be charged this fall for Online courses.

 On Pipeline under "Look Up Classes" you can identify Online courses by the attribute in the far right column that says "Distance Learning" and the Location of the course listed as "ONLINE/ONLINE." Days, times and location are NOT included, instead just showing "TBA" as the time to meet.Online Course

 

On Pipeline under "Schedule (Grid Format)" you can identify Online courses under the "Location" column, listed as an "ONLINE/ONLINE" location. See the blue box below. The meeting type is also listed as "ONLN" and there are no days and times on the course.  You can see this student also has a Web-Assisted course on their schedule in addition to multiple online courses.Online Schedule