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Course Instruction Fall 2020

Online? Face-to-Face? In Between?  Explaining the New Modalities of Class Instruction

The faculty at Montclair State University have developed Hawk Flex Teaching, five different modalities of instruction that provide students with a range of different ways to learn. Each section in the schedule is coded with one of the following five modalities — be sure you read carefully through these descriptions so that you will know what to expect in your classes. Questions? Talk with your advisor; log onto Navigate via NEST to connect with your advisor.

Two of the instructional modes are completely online — HawkSYNC Online and HawkASYNC Online — while the other three — Hawk2Hawk, HawkLIVE and HawkMIX — have elements that bring you to campus, for what is referred to as “Face-to-Face” (F2F) instruction. For F2F modalities, students and faculty will follow campus requirements for physical distancing and other recommended COVID-19 safety practices, detailed in other University Communications.

  • Synchronous = online education that happens live, in real-time, with all students and the instructor together virtually.
  • Asynchronous = online education that happens without live, real-time interaction.

Hawk2Hawk, coded as H2H: Traditional course modality in which students attend all class sessions as detailed in NEST. Attendance on campus is required.

HawkLIVE, coded as HLV:  Students attend all sessions either in a classroom on campus, or through joining the class remotely at the appointed time using a video-conferencing software (Zoom or another tool). Attendance in-person or online is expected. Students who participate remotely will need to have access to high-speed internet as well as a computer that has a camera and is equipped with audio and video capacities.  (Loaner laptops are available through Informational Technology.) Attendance on campus is encouraged, but not required. Your instructor will provide details.

HawkMIX, coded as HMX: This includes required on-campus sessions for students during the scheduled time periods, but requirements for attendance frequency vary course to course and will be communicated by instructors.  Much instruction is on-line, but students join their instructor on campus in smaller groups for learning activities that are best accomplished in a classroom setting. Attendance on campus is required as detailed by the instructor and course syllabus.

HawkSYNC Online, coded as SON: Students attend remotely, with no on-campus requirements, and engage in a “virtual, live” class experience. Students are expected to attend all  class sessions, with specifics to be outlined by instructors. Students who participate remotely will need to have access to high-speed internet as well as a computer that has a camera and is equipped with audio and video capacities.  (Loaner laptops are available through Informational Technology.) No campus attendance.

HawkASYNC Online, coded as AON: In this modality, students receive instruction asynchronously, that is, rather than attend specific class sessions where students meet with their instructor online in a video conference, students complete all their coursework independently, following a detailed calendar of instruction, often with several due dates each week. No campus attendance.

Students will be able to review their schedule and the modalities by reviewing their NEST schedule here:

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