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​​​​​​​​​​​What to Expect for Fall Term 2020

What to expect!

What the entire Saint Paul College community – our students, faculty and staff – can expect is that we’re committed to providing a safe environment for everyone and be mindful of the challenges all of us face in these unprecedented times. To this end, we follow advice/directives provided by MDH, CDC and Minnesota State.

While we are committed to safety, delivery modes of programs and courses will look different across divisions. Wherever possible, Saint Paul College courses have been moved online for fall to minimize potential exposure to COVID-19. However, some courses with hands-on learning components will be offered fully or partially in-person, including health services, wellness and service learning programs, trades programs, and science lab courses. A​ll classes with in-person instruction will adhere to social distancing. If social distancing cannot be adhered to due to space constraints, cloth masks are required.

  • Nearly all Liberal Arts, Fine Arts, Business, Computer Careers, Engineering, Child Development, and Medical Office courses have moved online. Some are offered asynchronous and others are offered as synchronous or with partial synchronous instruction.
  • The following career programs are offered in-person with some online instruction: Construction, Manufacturing, Transportation, Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, Esthetics, and many of the Health Sciences
  • All science classes are offered online with some courses offering in-person lab components.
  • Student support services are still available! We are here to support you virtually and, in some cases, in-person. Details and contact information for support services can be found at https://www.saintpaul.edu/support-services.

Delivery methods include asynchronous, synchronous, hybrid, or in-person. View the course schedule for the specific delivery method for each course.​ View the FAQ for details on understanding how delivery methods are listed on the course schedule.

Online Course Delivery MethodsDefinitionSoftware used for Course Delivery
AsynchronousCourse is delivered through online methods including videos, discussion boards, PowerPoints and reading materials. While the course pacing is set by the instructor, it does not require students to be logged in online at a specified day and time. D2L Brightspace
SynchronousCourse is delivered through online methods at a pace set by the instructor, including required synchronous online meetings. This means students must be virtually present for the course during the established course meeting times. Course attendance expectations apply to virtual attendance during these times.D2L Brightspace and Zoom
HybridCourse is delivered through a combination of online and in-person delivery at a pace set by the instructor. In-person class meeting times are less than standard hours required for full in-person courses. In-person class meetings are at a set day and time.
D2L Brightspace​
HyFlexInstruction is offered in-person with remote synchronous and/or remote asynchronous options (i.e., lecture capture for remote viewing). This option is being offered for Fall 2020 at Saint Paul College on a limited basis.D2L Brightspace and Zoom
FAQs
  • How do I know what the delivery method is for a course?
    • Saint Paul College offers instruction in multiple formats. Below is a description of each and an example of how to identify the classes on our course schedule.

      Course TypeDefinitionClassroom
      Face-to-FaceThe class is delivered in-person by an instructor on campus. The course pacing is set by the instructor and students are required to be on campus on specified days and times.Students engage with faculty and classmates on campus for 100% of the class. Safety protocols are enacted to reduce transmission of COVID-19.
      face-to-face
      ​Course TypeDefinitionClassroom
      HybridThe class is delivered through a combination of online and in-person delivery at a pace set by the instructor. In-person class meeting times are less than standard hours required for full in-person courses. In-person class meetings are on specified days and times. Students engage with faculty and classmates on campus on specified days and times for approximately 50% of the class. Safety protocols are enacted to reduce transmission of COVID-19. The remaining 50% is done in D2L.
      hybrid
      Course TypeDefinitionClassroom
      AsynchronousThe class is delivered through online methods including videos, discussion boards, PowerPoints, and reading materials. The course pace is set by the instructor, but it does not require students to be logged in online on specified days and times.Students engage with faculty and classmates online in D2L for 100% of the class.
      asynchronous
      Course TypeDefinitionClassroom
      SynchronousThe class is delivered through online methods at a pace set by the instructor, including required synchronous online meetings. Students are required to be virtually present for the course during the established course meeting times. Attendance expectations apply to virtual attendance during these times. Some synchronous courses meet live, in-real-time, on specified days and times for 100% of the class. Other synchronous courses meet live, in-real-time, on specified days and times for approximately 50% of the class and the remaining 50% is completed by the student in D2L. Students engage with faculty and classmates online for 100% of the class. It may be delivered 100% in Zoom. It may be delivered approximately 50% in Zoom and 50% in D2L.
      synchronous
      Course TypeDefinitionClassroom
      HyFlexInstruction is offered in-person with remote and/or remote asynchronous options (such as lecture capture for remote viewing).Students have the option to attend in-person on campus or remotely via D2L each meeting day. Safety protocols are enacted to reduce transmission of COVID-19 for students who opt to come to campus.
      hyflex
  • What happens if the restrictions change this fall?
    • We will adjust schedules and delivery options as necessary and will balance the need to follow all State of Minnesota and CDC guidelines with the need to provide the optimal learning environment possible.
  • What if I want to take classes, but I’m concerned about taking face-to-face courses and don’t want to come to campus?
    • Saint Paul College is offering many courses and programs online. The enrollment and admission process can be completed in its entirety through a virtual process.
  • Will everyone be required to wear a mask?
    • Specific requirements depend on the CDC and State of Minnesota guidelines that are in place at the start of the term. Guidelines continue to evolve. The College’s current Coronavirus Hygiene Policy and Returning Preparedness Plan can be found at www.saintpaul.edu/covid-19
  • Are in-person campus services available?
  • Is the Computer Lab open?
    • A small temporary computer lab is now available for current students Rooms 1506-1510 during reduced building hours.
  • Are there protocols to enter the Saint Paul College building?
    • All individuals who enter the building must be wearing a face mask and complete the screening questions inventory. This can be completed prior to coming to campus.
  • If my course is listed as online, could it be changed to in-person mid semester?
    • No, if your course is listed as a fully online course, it will remain fully online for the entire semester.
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