The Academic Experience
During this disruptive moment, Stonehill’s courses will be designed for both in-person and remote teaching and learning. Physical distancing will be required for all in-person classes, and sections will be scheduled based on classroom capacity.
In order to provide a rich and engaging classroom experience as we practice physical distancing and work to protect the health and safety of students and faculty, Stonehill will provide a variety of modes of teaching and learning, including models such as:
- HyFlex teaching: In this model, faculty will simultaneously teach in-person and remotely.
- Small classes will be scheduled in rooms that allow physical distancing. Faculty will ensure an alternative delivery for students who cannot attend class in person, either throughout or intermittently during the semester.
- Classes that cannot have appropriate physical distancing will be reorganized for safety, with a section of students meeting in the classroom during one class period and the other section meeting during the next class period. For example, a course that meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays might have half of the students on Tuesday and the other half on Thursday. This course model requires a HyFlex hybrid model of course delivery, as students who are not physically attending a class session or who do not come to campus at all will still be attending class and doing coursework remotely.
- Hybrid courses: In this model, faculty teach portions of a course face-to-face and portions of the course online (e.g. lecture may be delivered online, yet recitations, lab, or studio may meet in person, subject to physical distancing requirements).
- Online: This course is developed to be a fully online experience. The students and faculty will engage online and will not meet in a physical classroom. In order to properly physical distance in our buildings during each week, we anticipate that 25% of our fall course sections will be delivered online.
Academic leadership has been working with Stonehill’s faculty to prepare for a rigorous and engaging fall semester and classrooms are being outfitted with the necessary technology to allow remote participation. Professional development opportunities are underway for the length of the summer to allow faculty the opportunity to build out their courses as we respond to the challenges of the moment.
This Fall, Stonehill's graduate programs will move forward with a combination of fully online (Education, IMC) and hybrid (Data Analytics) experiences. This decision was made after careful consideration, keeping the health and safety of our graduate students and community at the center of our decision-making.
This format will provide the most flexibility for our students, especially as our graduate community continues to grow, and with attention to the trajectory of the virus and the certainty of distancing measures. Any of these scenarios could present disruption and/or interruption to our graduate courses unless we are proactive. Moving in this direction helps us to maintain the integrity of the Stonehill graduate experience and ensure our graduate students have continuous access to our expert faculty, innovative programming, and vibrant community.
Stonehill’s graduate programs have pivoted quickly to embrace progressive new virtual and hybrid environments for advanced learning and approaches which protect integrity of coursework and rigor of the experience, while acknowledging the need for change at this moment. The leadership and faculty in Graduate Education have extensive experience and success in designing and delivering instruction in online and hybrid course environments, and we are confident that we can offer you an excellent, highly personalized experience in these formats. We will ensure that the Stonehill experience will remain unchanged during this unprecedented moment for world and for the College.
Please carefully review the expectations below:
- If you need to come to campus, for class or for any other reason, please know that graduate students are expected to practice physical distancing and wear masks at all times. The guidelines below also apply to residencies.
- Disposable masks will be available for students who need/wish to change their mask at any time.
- Physical distancing is required at all times – in classrooms, hallways, on the College’s campus, during residencies.
- Please wash hands often, and use hand sanitizer frequently.
- Monitor your health and conduct a daily health check.
- Seek medical advice if experiencing symptoms.
- Avoid unnecessary travel.
- All faculty and students who visit campus will undergo COVID-19 testing at multiple times throughout the semester (provided by the college free of charge.)
- Residency: Since graduate students do not live on campus and many graduate students are employed full or part time, and may live with others, we are asking you to all be mindful of your safety and risk exposure outside of the classroom. We expect that you are not exposing yourself to any unnecessary risk and that you will think of your fellow students and the college community before doing so. We also expect that all students will adhere to public safety guidelines and practice physical distancing and mask wearing when in public spaces. If at any time you do not feel well, we ask that you do not attend the residency. We will find alternate means for you to participate. If at any time you are tested positive for COVID-19, you must notify the college. Students in residencies will receive specific information from their Director and/or site.
- Communication: The college and the program’s faculty are committed to preserving your health and safety. The next several months may be challenging, and we commit promise to keeping lines of communication open. We encourage you to visit the Returning to Campus site, where we will continue to add information for graduate students.