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Fall 2020 Courses

In alignment with the CSU’s decision for all 23 campuses to have a unified approach to the fall semester, the majority of CSUSM’s courses are in a virtual format. About 8% of courses are face-to-face or via a hybrid model. The courses that are approved for in-person instruction are primarily labs and those that use specialized equipment or have certain accreditation/licensure requirements that necessitate face-to-face experiences. The fall course schedule includes the modality of each course: in-person, hybrid, synchronous or asynchronous.

Each on-campus course has a custom plan that includes requirements for necessary personal protective equipment and sanitization of high-touch equipment, furniture and fixtures. In some cases, classroom or laboratory furniture is reconfigured to ensure that all seating is a minimum of 6 feet apart. If social distancing is not feasible, face coverings/face shields and lab coats or other body coverings are required.

If a student is enrolled in an in-person class but cannot come to campus due to COVID-19 concerns, they should contact their course instructor.

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About the four learning models

While approximately 90% of courses will be virtual for the entirety of the fall semester (which is the case for all 23 CSU campuses), there are four types of instruction models, which are posted in the class notes on myCSUSM.

  • Virtual Asynchronous, meaning there is no set class time.

    In this model, learning and instruction takes place independently without a set class time or meeting. Students are able to learn at a pace that works for their schedule or learning style, within the established framework of assignments, tasks and deadlines. This learner-based model provides added flexibility for students with obligations that may vary from day to day.
  • Virtual Synchronous, meaning class is held at a specific day and time.

    In this model, all students enrolled in that class will be required to meet online at the same time, similar to face-to-face instruction. Class sessions are held on the listed day(s) and time(s) noted in the class schedule. Synchronous learning allows for real-time interactions and timely class discussions, providing immediate feedback for both students and the instructor.
  • Hybrid Modification, meaning a portion of class will be held in-person.

    In this model, instruction is blended to include both in-person and virtual learning. In-person instruction is limited to only tasks or assignments that must be performed or learned in an in-person setting, such as clinical skills. To safely offer in-person instruction in this blended model, specific health measures will be in place, such as increased social distance, required face coverings, and sanitation protocols. More information on this learning model will be made available before classes begin.
  • Continue In-Person Instruction, meaning classes will happen in-person.

    In this model, class meets in-person only and measures will be taken to ensure student and faculty safety. Being able to meet in-person remains dependent on county and state health orders and guidelines.

Academic advisers are available to provide guidance. Schedule a virtual appointment, or drop in virtually for a same-day appointment, through the Office of Academic Advising.