Classes

  • We will create the indoor and outdoor spaces needed to accommodate classes, including utilizing a variety of other campus spaces as additional classrooms. 
  • Classrooms will be configured so that students sit six-feet apart.
  • We will encourage and support teaching outside when practical.
  • Some classes or program experiences will be entirely online, while others will be hybrid or flex modes of teaching.
  • Classes will be designed so that students can learn remotely if they are sick, in a high risk category, unable to travel to campus, or choose to remain away from campus for the semester.
  • Students with health issues that preclude returning to campus will be able to take classes remotely, so students should register for classes normally.

Daily Class Schedule

The time between classes has been expanded to 20 minutes in order to provide sufficient time to safely change classes. This means that most of the class times have changed a bit and the MWF 12:30-1:20 p.m. time slot was removed. Those classes are in the process of being moved to different time slots. To best accommodate these new times, the Common Hour, TR 11:05 a.m. – 12:05 p.m., was eliminated.

In addition, a few late evening time slots were added to the daily schedule (MW 7:30-8:45 p.m., TR 7-8:15 p.m., TR 8:35-9:50 p.m., TR 7-9:50 p.m.). The daily schedule grid (PDF) may be helpful in order to visualize these updates.
 

Timeline for Updated Class Schedules

The Registrar's Office is currently working with department chairs and program directors to gather relevant changes to day, time, classroom, and mode of teaching. Once all the changes have been collected and entered into the system, the online schedule will be updated.

WebTree is scheduled to reopen Monday, July 27 at 7 a.m. It will remain open through Monday, August 3 at 10 a.m. Your original WebTree preferences will still be saved, but by then, they will be attached to new day/time information and mode of teaching. 

Add/drop for returning students will be moved to Thursday, August 6 at 7 a.m. – Tuesday, August 11 at 5 p.m. New and transfer students can still add/drop on Monday, August 17, 7 a.m.–midnight. All students may also participate in regular add/drop during the first week of class.

Modes of Teaching for Fall 2020

Faculty members are designing courses with three goals in mind:

  • Equity—we want to serve all students;
  • A strong sense of community—we focus on safeguarding the health of others as well as ourselves; and
  • Effective learning—we choose the mode of instruction that, in these unprecedented circumstances, will be most effective given the nature of the course and the number of students enrolled.

All courses will be designed so that they can be accessed by students who are learning remotely. The mode of delivery of each course will be indicated in the class schedule after July 27. This is the earliest we can post this information, given that planning for courses is ongoing. Any student can sign up for any course, regardless of the mode.  With professors using these three modes, at least some, and possibly a majority, of your class hours will be provided remotely whether you are living on campus or not.

The instructional design of these classes is meant to deliver the most effective learning experience possible under our current circumstances. Tuition will not be adjusted based on the form in which courses are delivered. Davidson faculty and staff members are committed to offering unmatched learning and mentorship. They are redesigning courses so that they and the college can offer you this even in this difficult time.

Davidson will offer opportunities through the Center for Civic Engagement, The Center for Career Development, the performing arts, the Union, Athletics, Physical Education and Wellness and other offices that serve our holistic mission.   Opportunities will be structured to adhere to public health guidance and delivered in ways that reach all students regardless of their housing selection. As our plans develop, these offices will share more information with you.

This semester courses may be offered in one of three ways:

Online

Instructor and all students participate in the class online. Students who are physically on campus can take these courses using their personal computer. There will be a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences based on the course design. Any synchronous sessions will be recorded and made available to all students in the course.

Hybrid

Instructor is on campus. Some of the meeting hours for the class are designated for online work. If the class meets face to face on campus, it is for only a portion of the designated course meeting hours. For example, if a course normally meets for two 75 minute sessions in a week, only one of those sessions would be face to face (or, to reduce density of larger classes, through multiple subsections of the class). The online portions can be delivered synchronously and asynchronously based on the design of the course. Lectures held face to face or synchronously will be made available to students via recording and the instructor will find ways to help students meaningfully interact with material.

Flex

This is recommended only for classes of 15 persons or fewer and for the very few classes that cannot be taught in a hybrid format. In this model, the instructor and students in the class meet face to face on campus. No hours are designated fully online.Instructors design and accommodate students who are remote by making recordings and material available to all students and design ways that remote students can meaningfully interact with the instructor, the material, and their classmates.

Given the changing circumstances of the pandemic in North Carolina, we need to abide by the restrictions that exist when classes are in session. The state has limited the size of gatherings in its phased reopening process; we will need to abide by whatever limits are in place when we start classes and strongly discourage large groups of people from meeting regularly.