Preparing for Fall – Getting Ready in Five Easy Steps

Georgia State is preparing to welcome students back this fall.

For the Fall 2020 semester, Georgia State will adopt additional learning models to optimize learning while respecting student and faculty safety within our classroom environments. Blended learning, which will be the most common course-delivery method, integrates traditional, face-to-face classroom instruction with online anytime, anyplace digital learning. Online class components 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.

Learn More by Exploring the Fall Plan >

Use our five-step process to plan for fall. Don’t forget that CETL is here to help. We continue to offer virtual drop-in and webinar Support Sessions. The best way to get questions answered quickly is to submit a help ticket to help@gsu.edu or call the service desk at 404-413-HELP (4357).

Step 1: Confirm the learning model for your courses.

Learning Models: Georgia State, in accordance with guidelines from the University System of Georgia, is providing multiple learning options for fall. 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.
Most courses will be delivered through blended learning.
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.

Step 2: Determine campus attendance requirements.

In the Blended Learning model, the university has recommended that as a rule, attendance groups should be formed using the following guidelines.

  • Two day a week classes: Students with last names beginning with letters A – LA should be assigned to Group A; those with last names beginning with letters LB – Z should be assigned to Group B.Example: For a class that meets on Monday/Wednesday, students assigned to Group A will come to campus on Monday and students assigned to Group B will come to campus on Wednesday.

    This same pattern will be followed for classes that meet on Tuesdays/Thursdays or Wednesday/Fridays.

  • Three day a week classes: Students with last names beginning A – GRA should be assigned to Group A; those with last names beginning with letters GRB – OL should be assigned to Group B; and those with last names beginning with letters OM – Z should be assigned to Group C.Example: For a class that meets on Monday/Wednesday/Friday, students assigned to Group A will come to campus on Monday, students assigned to Group B will come to campus on Wednesday, and students assigned to Group C will come to campus on Friday.
  • One day a week classes: Students with last names beginning with letters A – LA should be assigned to Group A; those with last names beginning with letters LB – Z should be assigned to Group B. Students assigned to Group A will attend odd numbered weeks (Week 1, Week 3, Week 5, etc) and students assigned to Group B will attend even numbered weeks (Week 2, Week 4, Week 6, etc).

Regarding the establishment of attendance groups:

  • Instructors may adjust their class divisions accordingly based on the instructional requirements of the course.
  • Any special course groupings outside of the alpha splits noted above must be affirmed in iCollege by August 10, which is two weeks prior to the official start of classes.

Step 3: Communicate attendance group information.

Publish and communicate attendance group information in iCollege no later than August 10, 2020.

Attendance group information can be included in the syllabus or you may wish to use some iCollege features such as groups.

Step 4: Review engagement strategies.

Create a blend of face-to-face and online learning experiences using proven engagement strategies.

Step 5: Ready the course for students.

As referenced earlier, make sure that your attendance group information is available in iCollege by August 10.

Ensure that your iCollege courses are available to students by August 10 at 12:01 am by setting the Start Date.

The iCollege Classlist Tool on your course navigation bar can be used to review who has access to your class.

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