What to expect for the spring 2021 semester
- The spring 2021 schedule will be available in the BU BRAIN Wednesday, Dec. 2.
- Registration Time Tickets will be available Monday, Dec. 21. Registration Time Tickets for the spring semester will include credits earned in the fall 2020 semester.
- Registration begins on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Students should reference their Time Ticket in the BU BRAIN for their specific registration time.
- Two new course modalities: In-Person Restricted (IPR) and Restricted Online (ROL)
Courses will be offered in the following modalities:
A/B alternating week model
A course on the A/B alternating week model will meet in a campus space one week and online the next week, alternating back and forth for the rest of the semester.
In the Course Schedule, these courses show up with DI Learn for the online weeks and a campus location/room number for the in-class weeks. If you use the “Week at a Glance” feature in my.Binghamton.edu, each week your calendar will indicate whether the course is online or in the classroom.
Here is an example of what a course on the A/B alternating week model looks like in the schedule of classes. The “Date” and “Location” columns show which weeks you’re in the classroom and which weeks you’re online:
Instructional method is OH Course meets in the classroom and online on alternating weeks throughout the semester.
Student Rotation model
Some classes (typically larger ones, but a few others as well) will have groups of students taking turns “rotating” into the classroom each day because the room is not large enough (with social distancing) to hold all of the students in the class at the same time.
Each “rotation section” will be assigned a specific day of the course meet pattern for in-person attendance.
For class days when a section is not assigned to be in the classroom, students in that section will participate online in real time.
Here is what the schedule of classes look like for SRM courses with specific days for in-person attendance. This shows two sections, both for a Tuesday/Thursday course, one that will be in the classroom on Tuesdays and online on Thursdays, the other will be online on Tuesdays and in the classroom on Thursdays.
Instructional Method is OH. Course meets in the classroom one day of the meet pattern and online on the other day of the meet pattern.
Some courses will be completely online. For these, there will be only online on the schedule and the course will list only “DI Learn” as a location. All students can register for fully online courses (course restrictions apply).
Students should note the instructional method of each online course:
- Online Asynchronous (OA)
- Online Synchronous (OS)
- Online Combined (OC) has some synchronous and asynchronous components
Online Asynchronous (OA)
Instructional method is OA. There are no days and times on the course and the location is DI LEARN. Students are not required to engage in the class at a set time.
Online Synchronous (OS)
Instructional Method is OS. There are days and times on the course when the student is required to attend remotely and the location is DI LEARN.
Instructional Method is OC. There are days and times on the course and the location is DI LEARN. Students may be required to attend remotely some or all of the days/times listed and should consult the syllabus for attendance requirements.
Restricted Online (New for spring 2021)
Some online courses will be restricted to Remote Learners. For these, the location will be listed as RL Only. The ROL designation is found in the Special Course Attribute column in the schedule of classes. Only students who have chosen the Remote Learner designation are eligible to register for these courses. See “Student Attendance Options” below for information about the Remote Learner designation.
These courses have ROL in the Spec Crse Attr and location is RL ONLY. Only Remote Learners can register.
Some courses have multiple parts. For example, a lecture and discussion. You are required to register for both parts of the course. The different parts of the course may be taught in different ways. For example, the lecture might be online and the discussion section is in the A/B alternating week model, or the lecture is online and the discussion section is in the rotation model, or both the lecture and discussion are online. Here are some examples:
Lecture online, discussion section in A/B alternating week model:
Lecture on the Student Rotation model and discussion section in the A/B alternating week model:
Lecture online, discussions online or in-person weekly:
In the example below, the lecture is on the Student Rotation Model, the discussion sections are online and the labs are on the A/B alternating week model:
In-Person Only courses are those courses that must take place in the classroom. The course registration system will not allow Remote Learners to register in In-Person Only courses. The IPO designation is listed in the Special Course Attribute column in the schedule of classes. In most cases, IPO courses will continue to meet in person even if other University courses temporarily transition to remote learning.
In this IPO example, the lecture is online combined and the labs are in person on the A/B alternating weeks model. These courses have IPO in the Spec Crse Attr. Remote Learners cannot register.
In-Person Restricted (New for Spring 2021)
Courses with the IPR designation require students to attend in person when the course is scheduled to meet in the classroom. If the University temporarily transitions to remote learning, IPR courses will be shifted online.
These courses have IPR (In Person Restricted) in the Spec Crse Attr. Remote Learners cannot register. Section 11 is IPR on the A/B alternating weeks model. Section 14 is online combined and not restricted.
Weekly: Courses that meet in the classroom for every meeting pattern of the course.
Instructional Method is TR Course meets in the classroom the entire semester and there is not an online meeting pattern.
For each of these meeting patterns, your online “Week at a Glance” in my.binghamton.edu will show which days you’re in class and which days you’re online.
Student Attendance Options
Students can choose to attend all of their classes remotely by selecting the Remote Learner designation. Important notes about the remote learner designation:
- Students who have chosen remote learning but live on campus are required to take in-person tests.
- In-Person Only and In-Person Restricted courses are not available to Remote Learners.
- It is important for Remote Learners to review the schedule of classes for course restrictions. Some sections are restricted to Remote Learners only, which means all students in the course section are attending remotely.
- Remote Learners can register for any courses that are not designated as In-Person Only or In-Person Restricted. The courses that have an in-person component will be offered in the BingFlex model, with students attending both in the classroom and remotely.
- Your instructor will be notified of your Remote Learner status in My Courses.
Q: Do I need to be designated a Remote Learner if all my classes are online?
A: No. You don't. If you don't have the Remote Learner designation, you're able to choose freely from all the course modalities available. You might initially have all online courses but you could choose to attend an in-person course if you change your class schedule before the Add/Drop deadline. The Remote Learner designation means that you cannot attend courses in person or sign up for in-person only (IPO) or in-person restricted (IPR) courses.
Declaring yourself a Remote Learner:
- Students who chose the Remote Learner designation in the fall and who plan to continue as a Remote Learner in the spring do not need to take any action. The fall 2020 Remote Learner attribute will automatically carry over to the spring 2021 semester. Students who wish to continue as a Remote Learner for spring '21 do not need to do anything. Students can check their RL status in DegreeWorks and Starfish.
- Students who attended in-person/hybrid classes in the fall but want to switch to the Remote Learner designation must complete the Remote Learner petition in the my.Binghamton portal by Wednesday, Dec. 23. It is important the Remote Learner designation be added to your record in advance of spring 2021 registration.
- Students who chose the Remote Learner designation in the fall but want to switch to the in-person/hybrid formation must complete the request form. Students should submit their request by Wednesday, Dec. 23.
- Students should review the schedule of classes, course modalities and course restrictions before determining their status for the spring semester.
- If the Remote Learner designation is not correct on your record in advance of registration, you may encounter frustration during the course registration process. Course restrictions are more prevalent for the spring semester and will prohibit students from registering for courses if they do not have the correct designation.
Students who choose the in-person/hybrid model will have a combination of In-Person, BingFlex and Online courses. Students who choose In-Person/Hybrid do not need to take any action. Students should familiarize themselves with the course modalities and the schedule of classes to determine when you will attend in person and when course participation will be remote.
|Student Designated Remote Learner||In-Person/Hybrid|
|Which classes can I take?||
|Which classes can’t I take?||
|If registered for an A/B or SRM course||I will take it online.||I must take it in person and online.|
|During In-Person Exam Weeks and Finals||
||Exams for all classes must be taken in person if scheduled in person by the instructor.|
|If the University temporarily suspends in-person instruction...||All classes will be moved online.||Only students in IPO courses may be required to attend in-person classes; all other courses will be moved online.|