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The University of Texas at Arlington



July 2, 2020

Dear students,

Planning your fall course schedule just got easier.

The list of fall 2020 courses in MyMav now includes the information we released previously on whether each class will be taught face-to-face, online or a mix of both (hybrid). In addition, you can search in MyMav for courses by their mode of instruction. If you want to look only at online courses, for example, you can do so.

It’s important that you understand what it means when we use terms like online or hybrid. For example, some online courses are synchronous, meaning the instruction and testing are on a specific day and time. Other online classes are asynchronous, meaning the instruction is recorded and can be experienced by the student at any time.

These definitions will help you in your course planning and correspond to what you will see in MyMav:

  • Fully Online Option 1: All instruction and testing is online.  All classes are asynchronous (recorded) with no required synchronous component.
  • Fully Online Option 2:  All instruction and testing is online but some synchronous online class attendance or participation is required (dates specified in syllabus).
  • Hybrid 1: All instruction is online. Testing and student presentations F2F on specified dates and times only up to Thanksgiving (specified in syllabus).  Proctoring services may be required. Friday/Saturday testing or presentations possible.
  • Hybrid 2:  A combination of online and face-to-face activities occur in the course. All students meet one day per week face-to-face and one or two days per week online.
  • Hybrid 3: A combination of online and face-to-face activities and instruction occur in the course. Seat time is rotated among students. For example, in a course with an enrollment of 90 that meets Tuesday/Thursday, 45 students attend F2F Tuesday and the other 45 are online; then switch. Syllabus will specify if in-person testing is required.
  • Hybrid 4: Laboratory, studio or performance art classes. Customized scheduling based on requirements.
  • Face-to-face (F2F): The course is fully face-to-face, but switches to online-only after Thanksgiving.

The modes of instruction remain a work in progress. Some of the designations are subject to change as UTA works through logistical issues, such as allocating appropriate classroom space. In addition, some classes may change formats, depending on the specific needs of the course. We are also closely monitoring guidance provided by UT System and the Centers for Disease Control.

We strongly encourage you to discuss your academic plans with your advisor, who can assist in developing creative solutions to your unique situation. You also can submit a question through this form.

A successful return for the fall term depends on all Mavericks doing their part. This includes wearing masks inside buildings, disinfecting classrooms, observing social distancing and adopting our full range of safety and prevention protocols.

Check the Mavs Back 2020 site for more stories on what to expect as UTA safely returns to campus for fall 2020. You also can check the Coronavirus and Fall 2020 Semester page, which is UTA’s official site for up-to-date information on campus operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.




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