Flex and Fully Remote Courses
TCNJ’s plan for spring semester instruction entails a combination of in-person and remote instruction to those who are eager and able to return to campus and fully remote teaching and learning for faculty and students who may not be able to come to campus.
TCNJ courses will be offered in two formats:
- Flex Hybrid
Flex courses combine remote learning with the option of on-campus, face-to-face instruction. With social distancing rules requiring limits on classroom capacity, faculty members will establish a rotating schedule by which enrolled students take turns attending in person and virtually. Classrooms have been outfitted with new technology so all students can participate in flex courses even if they are not able to participate in the face-to-face sessions. Students have the option to take flex courses fully remotely if they choose to do so.
- Fully Remote
These courses will deliver real engagement in a fully remote environment for both faculty and students. Room assignments as noted in PAWS for remote-only classes are for faculty use only.
The format for each course is included in PAWS. Review instructions for checking a course’s delivery mode.
Both course formats will offer real-time (synchronous) and self-paced (asynchronous) learning, with the balance of these instructional modes varying by field and faculty member. The overall spring schedule will not change dramatically (but see the Academic Calendar and Spring Break section below for information about the modification to the semester start date and the change to spring break), and students should expect to be present and engaged in their courses during the normally scheduled day and time blocks.
Regardless of the mode of class delivery, students can still expect small, dynamic classes featuring personalized and engaged learning from TCNJ faculty. Nearly all faculty members have participated in workshops to further enhance their remote and flex instruction skills. And all classrooms have been outfitted with new technology to enable remote access to flex instruction.
The Academic Readiness Task Force has provided faculty members with guiding principles for instruction as well as models for course design and redesign.
The Gitenstein Library will continue to be available to all students, whether residing on or off campus. All users must show a green pass within the Roar app and scan appropriate QR codes to enter; face coverings must be worn at all times. All five floors of the library will be open, but occupancy will be restricted to 25 percent of building capacity. View library hours.
As of March 12, in response to student requests for more places to study in the evening, the library will open the Extended Study Area (the first-floor area of the library adjacent to the Alumni Grove) and Labs 2 and 5 on the lower level Sunday–Thursday 8–10 p.m. Extended hours will go into effect in coming weeks as we procure student workers.
Ask a Librarian (reference) services will continue to be provided remotely, and course reserves will be limited to online materials. Students participating in remote classes in the library must bring their own headsets. No food or drinks may be consumed inside the building, with the exception of water bottles with straws. Both drive-up and walk-up curbside pickup of library materials will continue to be provided to faculty, staff, and students throughout the semester.
Academic Calendar and Spring Break
The spring semester will start one week later, with classes beginning on Monday, February 1, and exams ending on Tuesday, May 18.
In alignment with public health guidance, there will not be a weeklong spring break. However, the semester will include two independent break days: Thursday, March 18, and Tuesday, March 30.
In addition, many courses will observe a TCNJ Recharge Week from March 29–April 2, 2021. All classes will be held as scheduled during this week (except for the designated no-class break day of March 30), but many courses will have a reduction in the workload or alternate assignments designed to reduce the stresses of the semester. Faculty members and departments will incorporate Recharge Week into their courses and syllabi as best fits their curriculum. Not all faculty members and academic areas may be able to participate due to the nature of the course and/or professional accreditation/certification requirements.
Office/Student Hours and Academic Advising
All office hours/student hours for spring courses will be conducted virtually. Details will be provided by each instructor and included on the course syllabus. Similarly, academic advising sessions in the spring will be conducted remotely.
Because of social distancing restrictions, designated locations across the campus will be used as study and dining spaces. Off-campus students are encouraged to use these spaces to work on their remote coursework between in-person instruction. On-campus students may also use these spaces to engage in their remote coursework with classmates and peers while observing all social distancing guidelines.
Study Abroad and International Travel
TCNJ-sponsored study abroad opportunities are suspended for the spring 2021 semester in response to health concerns and travel restrictions. Additionally, TCNJ will not be approving any applications to study abroad in person for spring 2021 via a third-party provider. Students will be advised to pursue a virtual exchange option (if available) or to defer their study abroad to a future semester. Students who choose to participate in a study abroad program without working though the Center for Global Engagement application approval process will not receive credit at TCNJ for their academic work and do so at their own risk. They should also be aware that such programs might be canceled without any guarantee for refunds, and that they may be unable to travel to the program destination due to other countries’ travel restrictions.
All individuals who travel internationally must follow all current CDC, state, and college health protocols for re-entry to the United States, New Jersey, and TCNJ.