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Carl Sandburg College to Offer Face-to-Face Learning This Fall

 Carl Sandburg College will offer several modes of instruction for students during the 2020 fall semester, including in-classroom, face-to-face learning.

The method of instruction for each course has been determined by faculty and academic leadership and formatted for available space on campus. Any in-person learning will adhere to guidelines under the Restore Illinois plan and from the Illinois Community College Board. For courses that include face-to-face instruction, contingency plans are in place should there be a need to discontinue in-person learning. The method of instruction for each class section will be listed as students registers for their classes.

Sandburg last week introduced its plan to reopen its campuses under Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan. All Sandburg campus locations reopened Monday for the first time since March 16.

“Our priority as we prepare to enter the fall semester is being able to conduct all our instruction safely for our students, faculty and staff,” President Dr. Seamus Reilly said. “We want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to give our students and instructors the flexibility to choose the type of learning environment that is best for them and that they’re most comfortable with at this time.”

Course modes of instruction for the 2020 fall semester are:

  • Face-to-face — Students attend classes on a Sandburg campus, Higher Learning Commission-approved location or high school partner site and weekly scheduled class times.
    • Contingency: Classes transition to virtual meetings at regularly scheduled class times or online with some virtual meetings, as determined by the instructor. If a class includes required face-to-face components, those will resume on-site in compliance with state of Illinois guidelines.
  • Blended — Students attend part of the class face-to-face or virtually at scheduled class times while accessing the rest of the content online through mySandburg.
    • Contingency: Face-to-face components transition to virtual meetings at originally scheduled class times or online with some virtual meetings, as determined by the instructor. If a class includes required face-to-face components, those will resume on-site in compliance with state of Illinois guidelines.
  • Multiple modality — Students can choose between face-to-face, virtual or online attendance throughout the duration of the course.
    • Contingency: Class will continue online, with virtual options taking place at the originally scheduled times.
  • Virtual — Students meet virtually with their instructor at weekly scheduled class times. Requires a webcam, microphone, speakers and broadband internet. With state guidance in mind, students may access the computer labs on campus. A loan program for Chromebooks and webcams is available through Sandburg’s Tech Help desk at 309.341.5446. Students may need to provide their own earbuds with microphone.
  • Online – Students access online classes through mySandburg. Online classes do not require weekly face-to-face or virtual class meetings.

Registration is open for fall semester classes at Sandburg. Registration ends Aug. 14, and classes begin Aug. 17. To begin the application process or for more information, contact the Sandburg Welcome Center at 309.345.3500 or welcomecenter@sandburg.edu.

***Report Courtesy of Carl Sandburg College***

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