Faculty Schedule Options
|Type of Instruction||What You Can Expect in This Type of Course|
|Face to Face
|All instruction is in person in a classroom and/or lab. Students are expected to attend in person at the times listed in the class schedule. Instruction occurring in digitally enhanced classrooms/labs may be streamed live and/or made available as a recording at the discretion of the faculty member and/or upon request of a student. Assignments and homework may be required in the campus approved learning management system. At the recommendation of the Teaching and Learning Forum, instructors are encouraged to develop courses with evidence-based teaching practices that promote active learning. In-person testing in the classroom/lab is preferred but other options are acceptable.|
|All instruction is in synchronous virtual format using a campus approved web-conferencing tool such as Zoom. Synchronous means students will meet at set times/days to receive instruction via web-conferencing. Assignments and homework may be required via the campus approved learning management system, email, or other technology. At the recommendation of the Teaching and Learning Forum, instructors are encouraged to develop courses with evidence-based teaching practices that promote active learning. Testing occurs virtually.|
|All instruction is asynchronous online. Asynchronous means instruction is not delivered at set meeting times/days. Work must be completed in the campus approved learning management system by assigned deadlines. Distance students may register for these classes. At the recommendation of the Teaching and Learning Forum, instructors are encouraged to develop courses with evidence-based teaching practices that promote active learning. Testing occurs virtually.|
Instruction can be a combination of: 1) Face to Face (synchronous in a classroom); 2) Virtual via a video conferencing tool like Zoom (synchronous virtually); or 3) Online via the campus approved learning management system and other technology (asynchronous), as indicated in the course schedule. Synchronous means students will meet at set times/days to receive instruction. Asynchronous means instruction and assignments will also be delivered via the campus approved learning management system or other technology not tied to set meeting times/days.
The asynchronous portion is at least 20% of class time or replaces one or more synchronous meetings per week. At the recommendation of the Teaching and Learning Forum, instructors are encouraged to develop courses with evidence-based teaching practices that promote active learning. Testing format is dependent on the design of the hybrid course.
Special Note for Students: Before registering for a hybrid course, students should identify the location of the class (e.g. WSU Ogden campus, WSU Davis campus, or Virtual) listed in the class schedule to determine the type of hybrid course. For example, a hybrid course located at the WSU Ogden or WSU Davis campuses will involve some face-to-face class time on the WSU campus and the rest of the class time will be online or virtual. A hybrid course scheduled at Virtual campus will be completely delivered via technology (some synchronous at a specific time, some asynchronous self-paced).
The following course delivery modes will be used for Summer and Fall 2021:
- FTF - Face to Face (WSU/WSD campus, requires classroom)
- HYB - Hybrid (WSU/WSD campus, requires classroom; add OL or VRTL building into meeting pattern if face to face is combined with online or virtual instruction. Use VTL campus if a combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction.)
- VTL - Virtual (VTL campus, VRTL building)
- ONL (ONL campus, OL building)
NOTE: VHYB (virtual hybrid) and FLEX instructional methods have been merged with HYB (hybrid). The VHYB and FLEX instructional method will no longer be used. The elimination of VHYB and FLEX was determined by deans and department chairs in partnership with the Provost’s Office.
HYB will serve as the instructional method that indicates a mix of face to face, virtual and/or online content. All HYB classes must have a descriptive note added to the schedule explaining the schedule and delivery. Upon registering for a HYB class, students will receive an auto-generated email from the Registrar’s Office with information about the hybrid class to help students make an informed choice about class selection, reduce any misunderstanding, and better comprehend faculty expectations.
Any faculty teaching a HYB class must provide a description to their department administrative specialist to add to the CRN in the schedule. It is imperative that this information be completed by the schedule deadline, March 12, 2021, so that students can view this information when registration opens.
To see the “hybrid” note in the class schedule, search for the class then click on the class title. In the “Class Details” pop-up window, click the “Course Description” tab in the left-hand menu as shown below.
Course Instruction Examples
Faculty teaching hybrid course(s) should be as descriptive as possible when explaining how they will teach the course so students can plan their schedules around these expectations. Include specific dates when possible and whether the non-face to face content will be synchronous (meaning they should be logged on at a certain time for virtual instruction) and/or asynchronous. The following are a few examples to give faculty an idea of how to write the hybrid description:
Hybrid Course Example 1: Face to Face & Online
Hybrid class meeting face to face on Mondays and Wednesdays. Content normally delivered face to face on Fridays will instead be made available in Canvas and work will be completed asynchronously.
Hybrid Course Example 2: Specific Face to Face Dates
This class will meet face to face on 5/10/21, 5/12/21, and 5/15/21 on campus. The remainder of sessions will be held virtually through Zoom MWF 8:30-9:20 a.m. Log into Canvas to access the virtual Zoom meetings.
Hybrid Course Example 3: Face to Face & Virtual
Hybrid class meeting face to face every other week. Weeks in between will be held virtually through Zoom MWF 8:30-9:20 a.m. Log into Canvas to access the virtual Zoom meetings.
Hybrid Course Example 4: Face to Face Lab, Virtual Lecture
Hybrid class meeting face to face on Thursdays 8:30-9:20 a.m. for lab and virtually MWF 8:30-9:20 a.m. on Zoom for lecture.
Hybrid Course Example 5: Virtual and Online
Hybrid class meeting virtually on Mondays and Wednesdays. Content normally delivered virtually on Fridays will instead be made available in Canvas and work will be completed asynchronously.
We will be social distancing in classrooms for Summer 2021, so please make sure your classrooms have enough social distanced seats for your max enrollment. Please assign your classrooms as best you can based on your max enrollment and social distance capacity.
If you have classes that cannot fit in your normal classrooms, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with an attached Excel spreadsheet listing the classes you need rooms for (Subj, Course Num, CRN, Instructor, Max Enroll). We will do our best to assign a classroom, but cannot guarantee classrooms will be available. Adhering to the class beginning and meeting times will help maximize our ability to assign a classroom.
Starting Fall 2021, you may schedule your classrooms at their normal max capacity.
Weber State University has learned a great deal during the pandemic. One lesson is the importance of scheduling classes to meet student needs. A well-designed institutional schedule can promote student success, allow for better resource utilization and provide flexibility to students. The following has been put together as guidelines to be used in creating a course offering schedule for the Fall of 2021.
- Ensure safety of students, staff and faculty
- Increase retention, completion, and graduation
- Increase equity and address completion gaps
- Optimize enrollment to meet student needs
- Simplify number of course delivery modes
- Make student success the most important factor in scheduling.
- Identify bottleneck (where student demand exceeds capacity) and/or gateway (foundational, high-enrollment, low-completion) courses and increase the capacity and support given to these courses.
- Based on the following chart, determine the course delivery modes that will best support the educational goals of the students taking courses from your department. Here are some target percentages that should help in your planning:
Percentages are Based On the Number of “Course Sections” Being Offered
|Teaching Methodology||Developmental||Lower Division||Upper Division||Overall Target %|
|FTF||90%||75%||65%||Determined by Dept||At least 50%|
|Online||5%||10%||5%||Determined by Dept||At least 15%|
|Virtual||5%||10%||15%||Determined by Dept||At least 15%|
|Hybrid||0%||5%||15%||Determined by Dept||At least 15%|
The above is intended to be a general guideline for scheduling. Departments may consider other data while planning the schedule. A helpful resource in determining course demand is the Course Enrollment dashboard located in the Report Gallery. Deans should be part of the scheduling discussion. This will facilitate identifying resources at a college-level needed to meet student demand and support which can be discussed with the Provost Office and further advocated in the SPR process as needed. If you need assistance in navigating this dashboard or have other questions, please reach out to the Provost’s Office at email@example.com
Summer Semester 2021 (202210)
- March 1, 2021 – Textbook Orders Due
- March 12, 2021 – Schedule Deadline, Input into Banner
- March 15, 2021 – Online Class Schedule Available
- March 29, 2021 – Registration Appointments Available to View Online
- April 5, 2021 – Registration Begins
Fall Semester 2021 (202220)
- March 12, 2021 – Schedule Deadline, Input into Banner
- March 22, 2021 – Online Class Schedule Available
- April 1, 2021 – Textbook Orders Due
- April 5, 2021 – Registration Appointments Available to View Online
- April 12, 2021 – Registration Begins