The start of classes for this academic year marked the beginning of Villanova University’s 178th year. Due to the continued impact of COVID-19—and the health and safety protocols in place—the student experience on campus and in the classroom is like no other year.
That said, extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. Villanova faculty have been hard at work, designing courses for a variety of delivery methods. While the events of spring 2020 necessitated a quick shift to online delivery, all courses for this academic year were thoughtfully developed with a specific modality in mind.
Courses are being taught using several modes of delivery, including:
- On-campus, in-person courses in socially distanced classrooms;
- Simulcast courses, which include a combination of students participating in person in the classroom with a faculty member and via live stream from any location with an internet connection;
- Hybrid or flipped courses, which include a combination of in-person and online coursework. This can take varying forms but may include splitting students into two or three groups that alternate classroom attendance while the remaining content is delivered asynchronously via the online learning management system;
- Online instruction reflecting best practices in online course design, including synchronous and/or asynchronous interactive experiences.