Special to the Press Register
As Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA) plans its fall reopening for faculty, staff and students in DeWitt, Helena, and Stuttgart, a number of safety measures are being implemented due to COVID-19, as well as flexible class options for students.
“Our administration and Campus Reopening Task Force have been working throughout the summer to devise a plan that provides safe, sanitized campuses and that also allows flexible options for our students to continue learning in a manner that is comfortable for them and fits their schedule under this new normal,” said PCCUA Chancellor Dr. Keith Pinchback. “PCCUA has delivered synchronous video courses and an online degree program for over 20 years, so we have experience with remote delivery options on our side, should students choose this option.”
For on-campus safety, PCCUA has implemented the following six safety practices, which include:
• Screening faculty, staff, and students (temp and survey completion)
• Wearing masks.
• Practicing social distancing.
•Practicing safe hygiene, (handwashing for 20 seconds, etc.)
• Sanitizing by cleaning surfaces.
• Staying away from others if you are sick, tested positive for the virus, or have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for the virus.
Classes will meet as scheduled with options to adjust modes of instruction. For example, students may be sitting in class one day a week and having a Zoom class meeting on another day. The Instruction Team has identified the following options which will be used to accommodate student instruction for fall 2020:
1. Face-to-Face – Face-to-face delivery is the traditional course instruction where students meet with the instructor as regularly scheduled.
2. Hyflex – HyFlex course instructors allow students to choose to attend face-to-face, synchronous class sessions or complete course learning activities online without physically attending class. There are limited HyFlex options at this time, but faculty are working hard trying to integrate this format in courses where it is appropriate.
3. Blended classes — Blended courses (also known as hybrid or mixed-mode courses) are classes where a portion of the traditional face-to-face instruction is replaced by web-based online learning. Faculty will teach students how to use the technology needed to navigate this kind of class.
4. Face -to-face instruction with synchronous Zoom meeting instruction — In this format, faculty will meet with students face-to-face, occasionally, and have regularly scheduled Zoom meetings.
5. On-line — Online classes at PCCUA are asynchronous, which means the students and instructor are not in the same place and all lectures, all exams, quizzes, assignments, and much of the reading in online classes are done on the Web. At PCCUA, that means BlackBoard.
6. Zoom classes — This can be synchronous or asynchronous, but it relies on the use of Zoom to deliver the instruction and testing, and assignments are submitted online. PCCUA instructors are working to ensure that all students are prepared for any occasion when remote course delivery may need to be used. In addition, the College is prepared to offer delivery options to students needing an alternate delivery.
7. Remote delivery — Remote delivery may be required if there is a school closing or if an instructor uses alternative ways to assign course work, such as web-based assignments, or, in some cases, delivers a program online through a special text format, such as Hawkes Learning Systems or some other program.
Fall classes are scheduled to begin on August 19. For more information or to enroll for classes, send an email to email@example.com or contact Dr. Kimberley Johnson, PCCUA Vice Chancellor for Student Services/Registrar, at firstname.lastname@example.org.