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WHAT TO EXPECT FOR FALL 2020

FIU’s priority is looking out for your health and making sure you earn your degree on time. One of the biggest ways we’re doing that is by adjusting how we deliver your learning. Here’s a brief refresher on what’s different about Fall 2020:

The Four Ways

The key thing to remember are the four new ways to take classes this Fall:

  1. In-person. This is the classic classroom experience: the class meets in a classroom at scheduled days and times––only now there’ll be changes in classroom layout to accommodate physical distancing. 
  2. Hybrid. Hybrid courses meet in a classroom only some of the time (with classroom layout changes for physical distancing) while you do much of coursework online. 
  3. Remote. A virtual version of the traditional classroom. This means everyone in your class meets virtually at scheduled days and times. Attendance is required. 
  4. Fully Online. These courses take place exclusively on Canvas. While you don’t have to show up at a scheduled time or place, you’ll need to keep up with the activities and due dates. Distance learning fees apply.

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Frequently Asked Questions

These are a few common questions that our students have asked recently regarding the Fall 2020 class schedule. For additional Frequently Asked Questions, please visit the FIU website FAQ page.

  • What is happening with Fall 2020 classes?

    We are offering our students four ways to take classes this fall — in-person, hybrid (part of the time in-person classroom sessions on campus, part of the time out-of-classroom learning experiences), remote (professors and students meet remotely according to a predetermined schedule), and fully online (activities and assignments designed to take place virtually with no scheduled meeting times). All four types of classes will be encouraged to use Canvas for course content and assignments, in part to allow for a quick and seamless switch to remote (where relevant) should it be needed.

    Currently, we expect only a fraction of our fall classes (25-33%) to have a face-to-face component – our in-person classes or our hybrid courses. The majority of our classes will be remote or fully online. Priority on the face-to-face classes will be given to courses with no other reasonable form of instruction, courses which cannot be deferred to another term, introductory classes, gateway courses, and classes with high FTIC (First Time In College) enrollment.

  • How will I know my specific course schedule for Fall 2020?

    Students can access the new My Schedule page on our “AskCharlie” website to easily see their class schedule summarized for the upcoming Fall 2020 semester! This is the time to make adjustments to your schedule if necessary. If you need or want to make a change, make sure to consult with your advisor using the Panther Success Network to ensure timely progress toward graduation. Students who would like to make changes to their course or schedule can sign in to their my.fiu.edu student portal.

    FIU will provide support to students who may need to adjust their schedules because of the uncertain conditions we’re all operating under. Additionally, payment plans are available.

  • What should I do if there is not a course being offered that specifically meets my needs?

    Please reach out to your advisor via the Panther Success Network found in my.fiu.edu to consult with them first. If you still need assistance after speaking with your advisor, you may then Ask Charlie a question about your Fall 2020 schedule.

  • Some of my classes are now being taught remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Is there a difference between my remote courses and online courses?

    Yes, there is a substantial difference between remote courses and online courses.

    Remote courses: Remote classes are 100% off campus, but classes are held virtually at a set day and time.  This is a temporary digital alternative to the classic classroom experience. Students and instructors meet virtually during the scheduled meeting days and times listed in my.fiu.edu. Learners should, therefore, carefully evaluate the attendance requirements for these classes. Remote classes use Canvas. There is no distance learning fee for taking a remote class.

    Online courses: Fully online classes are taught using Canvas and are completely off campus. These classes offer students the flexibility of having a course designed to be available on-demand for those who have commitments or lifestyles that make it hard to meet at scheduled times. Learners still must complete assignments by deadlines or due dates within the fixed course timeframe. Please note that there is a distance learning fee associated with fully online classes.

  • How does my class being taught remotely benefit me?

    The transition to a remote working/learning environment has allowed students to complete their courses and continue to progress toward graduation while supporting the safety and well-being of the FIU community.

  • FIU is using Honorlock or other online proctoring services in my remote courses. I’m worried about my privacy while using these services. Do I have other options?

    When the university transitioned to remote learning in mid-March, it entered into an agreement with Honorlock to provide our instructor/student community with an online proctoring solution, with no direct additional cost to the student. Honorlock provides services that facilitate remotely proctored exams. There are several reputable online proctoring companies, including Honorlock, that monitor the test-taker to ensure the academic integrity of exams.

    Honorlock publishes a Student Privacy Statement that explains how the technology works and what it is capable and not capable of doing. While online proctoring may be new to most and uncomfortable to some, it is a viable solution that supports the continuity of our academic enterprise and preserves academic integrity for the Fall 2020 Term. Additional guides and resources on Honorlock are found on the canvas.fiu.edu website in the Remote Proctoring area for students.

  • I’m struggling making the transition to online and/or remote learning. Where can I get help?

    Tutors in the Center for Academic Success (CfAS) have transitioned to remote operations. Tutors are available for online tutoring sessions through Zoom.

    For general information about how to get started with remote learning, check out the Student section on the canvas.fiu.edu website.

    Individual Appointments

    The following procedures are for individual appointments ONLY.

    • Email cfas@fiu.edu with the following information
      • Name, Panther ID, email, course, and desired date and time
      • Please include 2-3 other appointment options in case the day and time is already scheduled
    • An email confirmation will be sent with the tutoring session information and the tutor’s Zoom Personal Link ID.
    • On the day of your session, go to fiu.zoom.us
    • Sign in with your FIU student credentials
    • Select “Join A Meeting”
    • Enter Meeting ID or Personal Link ID

    TLC Workshops

    TLC workshops are being conducted through ZOOM. The following procedures are for TLC workshops ONLY.

    • Your TLC facilitator will email you the Meeting ID for the session.
    • Go to fiu.zoom.us
    • Sign in with your FIU student credentials
    • Select “Join A Meeting”
    • Enter Meeting ID or Personal Link ID

    Tutors are strongly encouraging students to use a laptop or desktop computer since mobile devices do not include all features provided by Zoom.