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HAWK Flex Teaching

MSU Modalities of Instruction

In this section of the OFA website, the HawkFLEX modalities are detailed as they have been clarified and revised for Spring 2021.

HAWKFlex represents the range of instructional delivery options available for MSU courses. The range aims to support the instructional needs of students, faculty, and programs within the challenging environment of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On these pages you will find comprehensive support for teaching in Spring 2021.  See especially this page, which details the differences among the modalities, and also Most Essential HawkFLEX Resources, for updated links, tips, and both practical and pedagogical information.


Universal Expectations Across Modalities

  • Support the health and safety protocols and policies issued by the University and the State. See Redhawk Restart.
  • Use the CANVAS learning management system; for specific expectations, see the Canvas Universal Guidelines and also the Montclair Syllabus, which outlines essential information to provide.
  • Follow modality requirements.
  • Observe on-campus requirements for Hawk2Hawk, HawkLIVE and HawkMIX. Students are expected to attend on-campus course meetings in these modalities. HawkLIVE classes are taught fully on campus, and 50% of the class meetings of HawkMIX should be taught on campus as well.  Any student wishing to be fully remote must be advised to register for an online option (HawkSYNC Online or HawkASYNC Online). Students who object to Hawk2Hawk, HawkLIVE or HawkMIX classes in their schedules may request accommodation which we will facilitate under one of the following options:

    • allowing enrollment in an online section of the course, if one exists.
    • helping the student identify an acceptable alternative course that is online and do a credit adjustment.
    • assisting the student to postpone the course to a later semester.
    • assisting the student to switch to a major that does not require on-campus instruction.
  • Communicate with your students one or two weeks in advance of your first class to ensure they are clear on the requirements of your course.  You can do this by opening your CANVAS site or sending an introductory email with a syllabus. In addition, you may want to send an introductory survey to further prepare students for your course and gauge their preparedness and priorities.  See Canvas Commons for model surveys.
  • Be fully cognizant of the expectations of any modality you agree to, and do not later switch modalities without the approval of the Dean.
  • Prepare to pivot to HawkSYNC Online or HawkAYNC Online for a series of weeks or for the duration of the semester if so required by University or State policy.
  • Spring 2021 Modality Options CHART ONLY v4 for faculty downloadable PDF.
  • See the student guide found on the Registrar’s page: Course Modalities.
Spring 2021 Modality Options
Modality (Code) Faculty Role and Experience Student Role and Experience
Hawk2Hawk (H2H) – Traditional F2F Delivery -Deliver course F2F.
-All class sessions run as scheduled on campus.
-Teach in a standard classroom with class capacity set at room capacity.
-Attendance on campus is expected.
-Complete course activities as scheduled.
-Need access to computer and internet for out of class activities.

HawkLIVE (HLV) – Class meets F2F and streams online simultaneously for students unable to attend F2F

-Deliver course simultaneously to F2F and remote learners.
-All class sessions on campus; faculty must be present for each class just as in F2F classes.
-Determine on-campus rotation for students for COVID cap.
-Teach in an enhanced classroom or use of a streaming remote kit.
-Attendance on campus is expected.
-Complete course activities as scheduled.
-Need access to a computer with mic and camera for video-conferencing (e.g., Zoom).
-Rotate between on-campus and remote attendance as scheduled by the instructor.
HawkMIX (HMX):

Mix of F2F and Online Instruction (SYNC or ASYNC).

  1. HawkMIX/F2F & ASYNC:

-Specified contact hours scheduled in a classroom (ex: M 11:15-12:30). 

  1. HawkMIX/F2F & SYNC: 

-Specified contact hours scheduled in a classroom (ex: M 11:15-12:30); the remainder of weekly contact hours are scheduled as SYNC online (ex: R 11:15-12:30). 

-Teach class sessions on campus following the published schedule.
-Supplement on-campus sessions with online instruction.
-Determine schedule for students’ on-campus attendance.
-Determine whether rotating remote attendance is an option for students.
–Standard classroom, but faculty who wish to deliver course LIVE may request enhanced classroom or use a streaming remote kit.
-Rotate between on-campus and remote attendance as scheduled by the instructor.
-Complete course activities as scheduled.
-May need access to a computer with mic and camera for video-conferencing (e.g., Zoom), depending on faculty delivery.
HawkSYNC ONLINE (SON):
Fully online with live, synchronous class sessions

  1. HAWKSYNC 100% – All weekly contact hours scheduled online.
  2. HawkSYNC 50% – Half the weekly contact hours scheduled online.
-Deliver course material synchronously or in a sync / async mix, in accordance with published schedule.
-No classroom scheduled.
-Regular attendance online in live sessions is expected.
-Complete assignments outside of class as scheduled.
-Need access to a computer with mic and camera for video-conferencing (e.g., Zoom) and out of class assignments.
HawkASYNC ONLINE (AON) – Fully online asynchronously. -Deliver course material asynchronously.
-No synchronous sessions.
No classroom scheduled.
-Complete asynchronous activities as scheduled.
-No specific meeting times.
-Need access to computer and internet for class activities.
HawkField (FLD) – Professional activities conducted at a placement site. -May deliver didactic class sessions synchronously in accordance with published schedule.
-May need a scheduled room depending on the course.
-May supervise students conducting activities at a placement site.
– Covers courses normally thought of as internship, externship, co-operative experience, clinical rotation, practicum and the like.
-Regular attendance at placement activities in coordination with the instructor is expected.
-Regular attendance for supervision, mentoring, etc. as determined by faculty.
-Complete assignments at site and outside of class as scheduled.
-May need access to a computer with mic and camera for video-conferencing (e.g., Zoom) and out of class assignments.

Definitions:

Standard classroom: equipped with projection capabilities

Enhanced classroom: equipped with technology for interactive streaming of a live F2F class to remote students through the use of in-room microphones, speakers, and cameras (Zoom technologies).

Streaming remote kit: portable equipment that enables interactive streaming of a live F2F class to remote students through the use of mics, speakers, and cameras (Zoom technologies). 

For information about classroom equipment, See 25Live portal via NEST.

* Health accommodations for students are managed by the University’s Office of Disability Services and/or the University Health Center. Health accommodations or related issues for faculty and other employees are managed by the University’s Division of Human Resources. 

** students in need can borrow University laptops, regardless of selected modality.

PDF version of HAWKFlex Teaching

Updated 2.9.21