Fall 2020: Indication on Transcript

Will there be any indication on my transcripts or other official documentation that courses were virtual rather than in person?

Absolutely not. Your courses taken partially or fully remote carry the exact same amount of academic credit as courses taken on campus. There will be nothing on your transcript to indicate that the courses were taken remotely.

Fall 2020: Instruction FAQ time zones

What is Harris doing to accommodate students who are in different time zones or who have other possible barriers to synchronous online classes like childcare responsibilities or internet connectivity issues?

We know that our students are likely to be located in many different time zones, particularly during the autumn quarter. While it is difficult to find times to offer courses and co-curricular programming at times that work for all students, we have carefully taken time zones into consideration in our plans.

For core courses, we are scheduling some sections of each course to be at times that align best with both local Chicago time and regions with the largest percentages of our student body, such as India and China. For example, several sections are offered between 7:30am and 9:30am Central Time (8:30-10:30pm in China) and 8-9pm Central Time (9am in China).

Beyond classes, we are also considering time zones when scheduling orientation and co-curricular programming. Additionally, all Harris course meetings will be recorded so that if a student is unable to make it to the class meeting or is interrupted during the class they can watch the content later.

Fall 2020: Instruction FAQ 20-21 course offerings

When will the full 2020-21 Harris course offerings be set?

We have most of the 2020-21 Harris course offerings set now. We plan to release the full year’s schedule to students and have it available on the Harris website by August 1, though modalities for each course in the winter and spring quarters may not be available until later. We will also have any changes to certificate requirements available at that time. Some additional winter or spring courses may be added to the schedule after August 1.

Fall 2020: Instruction FAQ sharing about delivery

When will you be able to share information about the delivery modality for autumn quarter Harris electives?

We are currently working with each elective instructor to determine the optimal modality for their course in terms of both pedagogy and student needs. All Harris elective courses will offer a remote option in autumn quarter, including those with in-person components. We plan to send returning students information about the modality for all Harris autumn electives by the end of July. We will have information about many of the courses ready sooner, so you can always reach out to your academic advisor to ask whether information is available if needed.

Fall 2020: Instruction FAQ courses in other departments

Will courses in other departments be offered in a remote format so that I can register across campus?

Many departments on campus plan to have remote course offerings. Most divisions on campus are still determining the exact delivery modality for their courses this year. Harris Student Affairs has been in communication with the departments from which Harris students most commonly take courses and will send information out to returning students about autumn course offerings in other divisions later in the summer as details are finalized.

Fall 2020: Instruction FAQ autumn quarter syllabi

When will autumn quarter syllabi be available?

Instructors will submitting updated syllabi for their autumn quarter courses by mid-August. The syllabi will be posted to the Harris courses page in advance of Harris pre-registration, which will begin Tuesday, September 8.

Fall 2020: Instruction FAQ meeting times

When will I know the exact meeting times for my autumn quarter core courses?

Most core courses have multiple sections for students to choose from. We plan to release the schedule of available sections by August 1. Students will get to request enrollment in their preferred sections when pre-registration opens on Tuesday, September 8. Students will find out which core sections they have been successfully enrolled in by September 15. Students can then make changes to their course enrollments when registration opens on September 21.

Fall 2020: Instruction FAQ Software Programs

What software programs will be used to deliver remote and hybrid courses?

The University will use Zoom software to deliver real-time remote courses and co-curricular programming. Zoom is an audio and video conferencing platform for instructors, students, and staff to conduct video and audio meetings, classes and events.  Zoom will be integrated with the Canvas site for each course, but Zoom will also be used independently for virtual meetings with advisors, student collaborations, and many other types of interaction. Check out the Zoom website for more information, including Quick Guides for getting started. All students will be given a Zoom license and we will provide additional information about Zoom trainings later in the summer.  

To set up your Zoom account go to https://uchicagostudents.zoom.us/ (Links to an external site.) It is important that you use this link, rather than the general Zoom website. The UofC student account is a premium account that contains features the general free Zoom account does not.

Fall 2020: Instruction FAQ Rationale

What is the underlying rationale for Harris’ dual-modality approach to fall?

Our dual-modality approach to fall is designed with both the health and educational needs of our diverse community in mind.  Because many students may not be able to join in person for a variety of reasons, we have structured our courses such that students may complete their studies regardless of modality. Structuring our courses in this way also allows enables us to transition to a fully remote modality with minimal disruption should the health situation require.

This flexible approach is designed to facilitate engagement and interaction. In our first year Core courses, this modality will mean that students enjoy a smaller student-to-faculty ratio and more emphasis on discussion than in previous years. For more technical courses, including the Core, the ability for students to rewind lectures and refer to a written transcript have also been shown to help students better learn the material. The very positive course evaluations from spring 2020 give us confidence in this approach, and we are building on learnings and best practices from this quarter to deliver an exceptional experience in the 2020-21 academic year.