Preparing for Spring – Getting Ready in Five Easy Steps

For the Spring 2021 semester, Georgia State will continue offering additional learning models to optimize learning while respecting student and faculty safety within our classroom environments. Blended learning, which will be available in addition to online and in-person learning models, integrates traditional, face-to-face classroom instruction with online anytime, anyplace digital learning. Online class components of a blended course can include different forms of media such as text, audio and video that are combined with face-to-face, in-person learning within the same course.

Use this Five-Step Strategy to make sure you are ready for classes this spring.

Step 1: Identify the learning model for your courses

Learning Models: Georgia State, in accordance with guidelines from the University System of Georgia, will provide you with multiple learning options for spring. The following outlines the available course delivery models:

Course Delivery Models
Blended Learning: Courses taught with this model will offer some class sessions face-to-face and other sessions online. By requiring students to attend face-to-face classes less often, the format reduces population density in classrooms and on our campuses. Blended learning allows students to have access to online instructional materials while experiencing the benefit of in-person interactions with their peers and instructors. Class groupings will be divided alphabetically by students' last names.
Face-to-Face (F): All class sessions will meet in person for these courses. For classes with required hands-on content, this is the best method of instruction. Special safety measures will be observed in face-to-face courses.
Online (O): All coursework, content and instructional materials will be entirely online with no in-person attendance requirement for these courses. Some online coursework may still be delivered at a specific day and time – also known as synchronous requirements.

Finding Delivery Models for Courses: Information about the mode of delivery for your course is viewable in the GoSolar course search. Look for the B, F or O icons as noted above under the course title when you search.

Check Your Schedule Through the First Day of Classes
Continue to check your schedule leading up to your first day of classes. Class modes are subject to change, and you'll want to make sure you have the latest information on the mode for each of your courses.

Example:

Step 2: Determine campus attendance requirements

Class groupings, affecting which days students will attend in-person classes for a blended course, will be created alphabetically by students' last names. The instructor should make information available to students in iCollege or other method beginning August 12, 2020.

  • Instructors may adjust their class divisions accordingly based on the instructional requirements of the course.
  • Any special course groupings outside of the alpha splits will be affirmed in iCollege by August 12, which is two weeks prior to the official start of classes.

Step 3: Find Out What to Expect

Find Your Online Course
iCollege has all the courses that are on your course schedule. Each course on your schedule has a corresponding iCollege course.

Review the Syllabus for Learning Model and Attendance Requirements

  • Locate and review the syllabus.
    • Review the details of your learning model (online, blended, or face-to-face).
    • Check for on-campus attendance information--what day are you coming to campus if your course is blended?
    • Review course objectives, course requirements, activities, and assessments.
    • Identify the instructor’s preference for communications including office hours.

Get to Know Your iCollege Course

Step 4: Know where to go for help

Academic Support

Academic Advisement
You can easily connect with a member of your academic advising team by logging onto the Navigate student mobile app or to the Navigate webpage. If you need additional assistance please find phone numbers specific to your campus.
Website: advisement.gsu.edu

Supplemental Instruction
Supplemental Instruction schedules with the appropriate access links for students can be found here.
Website: success.students.gsu.edu/si/

For questions, please contact:
Katherine Kendall - Atlanta Campus
Nathaniel Parr – Perimeter College
Justin Swisher – Perimeter College

University Library
Use the library homepage, lib.gsu.edu, as your starting place for online library support.
Website: lib.gsu.edu

Accommodation and Accessibility
For information on connecting and establishing needed accommodations for your classes, please visit the Georgia State Access & Accommodations Center (AACE; formerly Disability Services) website and click on the How to Connect tab.
Website: access.gsu.edu

Perimeter College Learning and Tutoring Centers
The Learning and Tutoring Center (LTC) offers support for students through the TutorOcean Online Learning & Tutoring Platform. You can find more tutoring information, instructions, and other resources on the LTC website.
Website: success.students.gsu.edu/learning-tutoring-center/

Catalog of Academic Support Services
Georgia State has a variety of Academic Support Services ready to assist you in achieving your learning goals including tutoring, career services, scholarship information and others. Some of these are available for all students, while others might be discipline-specific. Visit this page often to explore more of these services and build up your learning support network.

Health, Wellness & Activities

Student Health Services
Website: health.gsu.edu | Phone: 404-413-1930

Counseling and Testing Center
Website: counselingcenter.gsu.edu | Phone: 404-413-1640

Student Engagement
Website: studentaffairs.gsu.edu/student-engagement-online-initiatives/

Recreational Services
Website: recreation.gsu.edu

Books & Supplies

University Bookstore
Visit the campus store website, gsubookstore.com.
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Technology Resources

Technology Help
You can reach out to our Technology Service Center to get help with iCollege or other technology needs.
Website: help.gsu.edu | Phone: 404-413-HELP (4357) | Email: help@gsu.edu

Step 5: Keep Learning, Stay Healthy and Keep Up-To-Date

  • Keep Learning:
    • Stick to your plan
      • If you’ve made it this far through our recommended 5 steps, you’re ready to take advantage of available learning models and resources and make the most of it. Now it’s time to go do the work. You’ve got this… You’re a Panther, after all.
    • Communicate with your classmates and instructor frequently.
      • Stay in touch with your classmates and rely on them for support.
  • Stay Healthy:
    • Practice Social Distancing
    • Be aware of your sleep schedule and nutrition. Keeping regular hours will help to ensure that your brain and body are ready to learn.
    • Think Good Thoughts
      • You are adapting to a new situation &endash; it will help if you keep a growth mindset.
      • Stay positive and reduce stress.
    • Resources and information on staying physically and mentally healthy can be found at the Student Health Services and Counseling and Testing Center websites.
    • A variety of programs and services are offered in easy and accessible formats to engage you in student life. Visit the Student Engagement website for more information.
  • Keep Up to Date:
    • Georgia State will provide all official communication related to spring semester and the university's Coronavirus response.

For the latest information on the university’s plans for spring and COVID-19 response, visit ahead.gsu.edu.