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
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.
When looking at your schedule or looking up classes, you can identify Conventional, Web-Assisted, Remote, Hybrid, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.