For Spring 2021, the college will again give students the option to complete their semester remotely if they have specific situations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please note that remote learning is not available for non-COVID related reasons and cannot be selected for just one class. Classes that require face-to-face (F2F) participation, such as clinicals or labs, cannot be taken remotely. Please consult your academic advisor to discuss whether your spring course schedule will be appropriate for full-semester remote learning.
Requests for full-semester remote learning must be made by completing the online application form by Tuesday, December 15, 2020. The Academic Dean’s office will review your request and notify you of the decision regarding your application via your goshen.edu email address within three business days.
Being approved for full-semester remote learning is a separate process from temporary remote learning arrangements made when students are in quarantine or isolation. Temporary remote learning is processed through the contact tracing system after completing the COVID-19 Reporting Form.
Individual professors cannot grant permission for remote learning. You must be approved for remote learning from the dean’s office. Contact the Academic Dean’s office with questions (firstname.lastname@example.org or 574-535-7503).
Remote learning means that you will not be physically present for in-person class sessions, but you will be fully engaged with class content and learning activities through technology. Please note that professors will define whether your participation and completion of the course will be synchronous (occurring in real time with the class) or asynchronous (prepared material that can be engaged at different times). Both methods will require regular engagement with the instructor, students and course materials. Please note that remote learning is not appropriate for some courses and may require a schedule change. In some cases, remote learning would require extending your plan of study.
Please remember that remote learning requires class attendance during assigned class period (synchronous learning) as designated for a remote or hybrid class. Only courses that are designated as online will allow you to work at your own pace in an asynchronous environment. Courses designated as fully face to face (F2F) are not eligible for remote learning and must be dropped before full-semester remote learning is approved. You can find a course designation in the MyGC course search.
If you are requesting a full semester of remote learning and had previously signed up to be a residential student, please contact Chad Coleman in Campus Life Operations (email@example.com) about your decision not to be on campus. Temporary remote learning arrangements will not change your room and board plan.
Steps to take before requesting remote learning
Before completing the request for full-semester remote learning form, please do the following:
- Talk with your family/guardian about your health, personal well-being, and academic goals.
- Talk with your advisor about your academic needs, considering the impact of your learning style, the type of courses in your schedule, and potential impact on your plan of study.
- Change courses with advisor’s approval to courses that are designated as online, remote, or hybrid in the Course Search function in MyGC. See a description of the modes of instruction below. Course instruction mode may still be updated prior to the start of the semester.
- Verify that you have access to reliable high-speed internet and a working electronic device (desktop computer with webcam, laptop, or tablet) to complete your coursework. All undergrad first year students, and undergrad transfer students can receive an iPad. We provide internet access on campus, but cannot offer additional service to other locations.
Full-semester remote learning requests must be submitted by Tuesday, December 15, 2020.
After you submit this form, the Academic Dean’s office will review your request. You will be notified of the decision regarding your application via your goshen.edu email address within three business days.
If you are requesting a full semester of remote learning and had previously signed up to be a residential student, please contact Chad Coleman in Campus Life Operations (firstname.lastname@example.org) about your decision not to be on campus.
If you experience COVID-19 infection or exposure that makes you temporarily unable to begin the semester as planned, you do not need to complete this application. Instead, follow the steps outlined on What to Do If You Have COVID-19 Symptoms.
If you have questions, please email the Academic Dean’s office at email@example.com.
Modes of Instruction for 2020-21
- F2F (face to face): The course meets mostly in person on campus, with all content supported by Moodle. This is reserved for courses like laboratories that use specialized equipment or internships, for example, where students are doing applied learning. Students studying remotely for the full semester may not be allowed to take these courses.
- Hybrid: The course will have synchronous attendance with some F2F class sessions held on campus and some held remotely. Class content will be contained in Moodle. Some larger classes may be split up so that some students are meeting on campus one day and another group meets on campus another day. Most courses will fit in this category and will be flexible for remote students.
- Remote: The course will require some synchronous class attendance via zoom with all content presented and contained in Moodle and NO on-campus face to face (F2F) meetings. A few courses will use this design which provides more flexibility for remote students.
- Online: The course involves asynchronous attendance with all content presented and contained in Moodle. We have only a few courses and degree programs that are taught in this category, but they do offer the most flexibility for remote students.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I have to fill out this form or can I just talk to my advisor or professor about remote learning? All students requesting a full semester of remote learning must complete this form. Professors will be given a list of students with an approved remote learning academic plan. All other students who attempt to learn remotely without approval may earn unexcused absences.
- Can I choose remote learning for one class and not another? No. Remote learning is only available to students with approved requests based on specific needs. Before requesting remote learning, students should work with advisors and individual professors on expectations for specific types of classes (like labs, for example).
- Can I decide to learn remotely for part of the semester but not all of it? Not unless you are approved for a temporary remote learning plan.
- Can I live on campus and still do remote learning? Yes, for a temporary basis. However, students may not live on campus and select the full semester remote learning option. Temporary remote learning will be available to students who are in isolation for a positive COVID-19 test, in quarantine due to contact with someone who tested positive, or if they experience symptoms and are self-isolating until they can be tested. All other students will need to adhere to the attendance and participation requirements specified by professors for each course.
- If I have to do temporary remote learning because of COVID-19, will my room and board charges be reduced? No. Residential students in temporary quarantine or self-isolation will still be utilizing room and board services. Students approved for full semester remote learning would not have been billed for room and board.
- Can I select remote learning as an international student? Yes. Like all students, international students already in the U.S. may request remote learning for the reasons stated in this policy. International students unable to return to the US because of border closures may request a full semester of remote learning, but will need to review their course load with their advisor to determine which courses will work with remote format and time differences. Contact Dan Koop Liechty, International Student Advisor (firstname.lastname@example.org), with questions.
- Can I request remote learning for a non-COVID-19 reason? No. All students must follow the attendance and participation requirements for each class.
- Can I choose remote learning if I am on academic warning or probation? It depends on the individual situation. Please consult Judy Weaver, Director of the Academic Success Center (email@example.com), and your advisor to consider how remote learning might be impacted by your learning style.
- If I have a documented learning disability, can I have learning accommodations with a remote learning academic plan? Yes. Please consult Judy Weaver, Director of the Academic Success Center (firstname.lastname@example.org), and your advisor to consider how remote learning might be impacted by your learning style.
- If I choose remote learning, will I still have access to counseling services or student life resources? Counselors are able to meet with students remotely regardless of where they live. Students will be able to participate in virtual events that Campus Activities Committee (CAC) and clubs put on.
- What do I do if I would like to take a leave of absence or defer my enrollment because of COVID-19? Students considering a leave of absence should contact their academic advisor to discuss their options and follow the standard procedures in the catalog. Newly admitted students who want to learn more about deferred enrollment should contact their admissions counselor.