We look forward to welcoming students back to the campus either in a hybrid model or if possible, return to full-time on-ground classes. The final decision will be based on current COVID directives by our local and state government. Rest assured: our main goal is to provide our students, faculty, and staff, with a safe learning and working environment.
Students and family may ask many questions: what does a hybrid class look like? How often will I be in a “real” classroom, versus taking my class remotely? How will I know when to come to campus and when to stay at home? There is a FAQs page found on the USD COVID Website with similar questions/answers, but allow us to provide you the following descriptions of both types of classroom models: hybrid and 100% on ground.
How will the hybrid class work?
The hybrid model works to incorporate two platforms: Zoom and Panopto, to provide students with safe, engaging classes. In brief it works as follows:
- Each classroom has two cameras and two microphones, allowing video and audio to be sent via the internet to those students who are attending the class remotely
- The instructor can zoom in/out, as well as move the cameras in order to focus on specific in-class students/groups of students, as well as the physical whiteboard
- There is an interactive monitor at the lectern of each classroom, allowing the instructor to have full control of both the in-class and the online portion of hybrid instruction
- Each class session uses the Zoom platform, and is automatically recorded for future reference
How will classes work if they return to 100% on ground?
- Students will attend classes full-time, on ground as they did prior to the pandemic.
- However, strict adherence to safety measures will be enforced to ensure the well-being of everyone.
- For more details please visit the USD COVID-19 Action Campus Plan
We are happy to answer any additional questions you may have about our plans for the 2021 Summer and Fall.