I hope you are well and enjoying the summer. We are working to finalize the Fall 2020 course schedule so I write to provide you with information regarding campus services, course delivery, and technical requirements.
If you opted to attend all classes remotely for fall you will not be in our testing regimen and will not be permitted to use campus facilities or take part in athletic or other activities or resources on campus for the fall semester. Note that services such as the Student Success Center, Library, and Counseling will be available remotely as will some student activities. If you choose to complete your fall semester online/remotely and you are a resident student, the financial aid office will review and revise your fall semester financial award. The Office of Residence Life will contact you about returning to the housing system in Spring 2021.
If you plan to attend classes in person/hybrid for fall, whether you are a commuter or resident, you may use campus facilities and take part in other activities on campus. If you would like to increase the number of remote classes you are taking this fall please work with your academic advisor or program director to identify classes that may fit in your program, have available seats, and are being offered remotely. Note that you must register for at least one in person/hybrid class in order to use campus facilities and take part in other activities on campus. Remember to check your class schedule before the start of the semester (August 24th) to confirm the location of your classrooms as some may have changed for the purpose of social distancing.
Classes that will meet remotely will show up on your academic schedule with a classroom designated as ‘Zoom’. The day/time for these class meetings will be posted on your schedule.
Please note the following are not options for remote learning:
At this time, all nursing course exams, clinical assignments, and labs are scheduled on site and in-person at their assigned locations*
All studio art courses will be delivered on-ground and in person*
*subject to change in accordance to CDC and DPH requirements
See below for the models of course delivery offered for the fall and the technical requirements needed for all courses.
In Person /Hybrid– traditional on campus classroom meetings that meet social distancing requirements. Note: course content prepared and available in Engage should the class need to change. Depending on the class enrollment, a course may be delivered as a combination of in person classroom meetings and mixture of synchronous (real time regularly scheduled meetings) and/or asynchronous (no regularly scheduled meeting times) online learning.
Remote – no face to face classroom meetings. All learning is done through a mixture of synchronous (real time regularly scheduled meetings) and asynchronous (no regularly scheduled meetings times) online learning. To find these courses search under the drop-down box and select – Remote Learning
Technical Requirements for Remote Learning
The requirements are defined by Engage and are found at Engage Support
Please click the link above that shows that lists the minimum hardware and software requirements for using Engage. Note that additional software applications may be necessary depending on the needs of individual courses. Your course instructor will notify you of any additional requirements.
It is highly recommended that students and instructors use the most current version of one of the web browsers listed to access Engage. These browsers are free, and the determination of which to use is a matter of personal preference. Note that cookies must be enabled in the browser. Most browsers have cookies enabled by default. If you are unsure of whether your browser is configured properly, contact Engage Support at email@example.com or ITSupport at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Most courses use Microsoft Office programs like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, students get up to five free copies of this software through their Anna Maria College Office 365 account.
While a cellphone is useful for notetaking, email and calendar apps, a cellphone is insufficient to complete the course work required in a remote/online class.
If you do not have access to the technology needed to work online (remotely), loan funding may be available to you to assist you with this. Please contact the office of financial aid by email for additional information about this option at email@example.com.
The College bookstore provides a discount to students who wish to purchase of hardware. In addition, books can be ordered and mailed to your place of residence. Contact Linda Augustine at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Stay safe and well and enjoy the rest of the summer. I look forward to seeing you at the start of the fall semester, in person or remotely.
Christine L. Holmes, Ed.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs