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As the world navigates the coronavirus pandemic, all of us are facing unprecedented challenges and new realities. Armed with preparedness, quick-thinking and creativity, and with the health and safety of our campus community (and their families) as our top priority, University of Michigan-Dearborn is looking forward to welcoming students, faculty, and staff for the fall 2020 semester. The university is committed to ensuring that we continue to provide the academic excellence that has come to be expected at University of Michigan-Dearborn, regardless of the method of course delivery. 

Will UM-Dearborn return to primarily in-person instruction for the fall 2020 semester?

At this time, the UM-Dearborn has not made a decision regarding the delivery of fall 2020 classes. We remain cautiously optimistic the campus will be open for as much in-person instruction as possible this fall. Guided by the recommendations of the State of Michigan, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, public health professionals and our University of Michigan colleagues, campus leadership will work to reopen campus as health and safety conditions allow. While Summer I and II classes are being taught remotely, essential workers have continued to perform their duties on campus, following public health guidelines. 

How is the decision being made regarding the delivery of fall 2020 classes?

Guided by the recommendations of the State of Michigan, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, public health professionals and our University of Michigan colleagues, UM-Dearborn leadership is working on planning for various teaching scenarios for the fall term. 

All decisions in this area will be guided by several principles including: the health and safety of our campus community and our commitment to continuing to offer our students an education and experience worthy of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The university expects to communicate more information regarding fall plans by June 30. 

When will UM-Dearborn communicate a decision regarding fall 2020?

The university expects to communicate more information regarding fall plans by June 30.

 

Will activities on campus resume once the Stay Home, Stay Safe order expires?

Guided by the recommendations of the State of Michigan, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, public health professionals and our University of Michigan colleagues, campus leadership will work to reopen campus as health and safety conditions allow.

None of the data and guidance we’ve seen so far suggest that we’ll be able to fully resume activities overnight when the current Stay Home, Stay Safe order expires on May 28. We expect campus activities to resume in a phased approach. All in-person campus events and gatherings are canceled through August 22. A decision about campus events after this date will be made by June 30.

 

What options are being considered for fall 2020 instruction delivery?

Guided by the recommendations of the State of Michigan, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, public health professionals and our University of Michigan colleagues, UM-Dearborn leadership is working on planning for various teaching scenarios for the fall term. Each scenario would include, as needed, social distancing measures and other precautionary requirements to promote a safe teaching, working and learning environment for students, faculty and staff. Each scenario is being designed to allow for a quick pivot — either to more on-campus or more remote teaching — based on the nature of the pandemic.

Several scenarios, that could be implemented based on the latest science and public health guidance, are being considered. These include: 

  • On-campus instruction for courses that are most effectively and optimally taught on-campus, including labs, senior design sections, and the like. 
  • A remote-and-campus hybrid modality, in which much course content would be delivered remotely and asynchronously with students brought to campus periodically (e.g., once a week) for engaged/experiential learning activities. 
  • A fully remote hybrid modality, with both synchronous (requiring days and times) and asynchronous online components. An example would be a course that makes all the content available online, but “meets” on Zoom once a week for active learning purposes. 
  • Remote instruction, including courses originally scheduled online for fall 2020, and courses which have been designed for the online modality with an expectation of asynchronous instruction. 
If instruction remains remote in fall 2020, how will academic quality be maintained?

The health and safety of the UM-Dearborn campus community, students, faculty, staff and their families, remain our top priority. The university is committed to ensuring that we provide the academic excellence that has come to be expected at University of Michigan-Dearborn, regardless of the method of course delivery. 

There is no doubt that personal interaction provides enormous added value, not least in encouraging diverse perspectives and nurturing peer-to-peer learning. This is why, even with remote delivery, finding ways to engage students, and have them engage with each other, is so important. Aspects of social engagement, equity and inclusion and other perspectives of interaction and debate will continue to be part of our educational mission. 

Since the COVID-19 crisis began, University of Michigan-Dearborn has sought to support faculty, especially those with less remote teaching experience, to make the transition to robust and effective online teaching. The university’s Hub for Teaching and Learning and college-based ‘Digital Education Ambassadors’, will continue to offer this training and guidance as we move towards the start of the Fall 2020 semester.

 

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