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Academic Experiences

Oakland University is closely following updates from the CDC and the Michigan Health Division and will be open in the fall semester using their expert guidance and best practices. Our goal is to be recognized as a healthy campus just as we are rated as one of the safest campuses in the nation. Within this context, Oakland University is planning to host as many in-person class meetings as possible while also taking advantage of technology that will bring our world class faculty into your dorm rooms and homes virtually. Whether a course is held in-person, online or using a mix of both, you will have the opportunity to get to know your classmates and interact with your faculty. Below you will find additional information about some of our tools to facilitate instruction, helpful definitions of what we mean when we say a course is hybrid, synchronous, asynchronous and in person, and how we are planning for courses that require contact with other people or hands on learning. We have been working hard to plan for a fall semester that offers the best of OU so you can feel confident in returning and continuing your path to graduation and your future.

Preparing the Classrooms

Our classroom support personnel have been working to assure that students and faculty are able to maintain the six-foot minimum distance currently recommended by public health agencies. Due to the need to reduce the number of seats in each of our classrooms, your course may meet in a different classroom than the one currently assigned. We are working as quickly as we can to match courses to classrooms in a way that prioritizes courses that must meet in person.

Different Ways that Classes Will Be Offered

Instruction Mode
Class Meets
Specific Meeting Times

Instruction Mode:

In-Person

Class Meets:

In-Person

Specific Meeting Times:

Yes

Instruction Mode:

Hybrid

Class Meets:

Blend of in-person, livestream and online

Specific Meeting Times:

Yes for in-person and livestream; no for online

Instruction Mode:

Livestream
(synchronous)

Class Meets:

Online

Specific Meeting Times:

Yes

Instruction Mode:

Traditional Online
(asynchronous)

Class Meets:

Online

Specific Meeting Times:

No

In-Person

All students will attend the course in person at the same time.

Hybrid

The online content may be completed through livestreamed videos, or through recorded lectures, which can be done at any time throughout the week. There also may be an in-person component. Faculty will provide information on any livestream, online and/or in-person rotation in their course syllabus.

Livestream (aka Synchronous)

This format will require you to attend your course online at scheduled days and times. Faculty will use video conferencing to allow students to be face-to-face with their instructor and one another. These courses may have one or two required meeting times for a proctored midterm or a final exam. Learn more about the Livestream (Synchronous) classroom instructional model from Oakland University professor Anna Maria Spunguolo, chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Traditional Online (aka Asynchronous)

This format allows you to complete classwork at any time with regularly scheduled due dates. Content is instructor-facilitated and presented in a variety of ways, including recorded lectures, interactive videos, and other online tools such as discussion forums to foster connected student participation. These courses may have one or two required meeting times for a proctored midterm or a final exam. Learn more about the Traditional Online (Asynchronous) classroom instructional model from Oakland University professor Lori Ostergaard, chair of the Department of Writing and Rhetoric.

How classes appear when registering and viewing your schedule

Registering or Browsing for Classes

In-person

Example image of an In-person course listing when viewing your schedule in Sail

In-Person classes will begin with the course date range, then the days of the week and time that the class meets, followed by "Type: In-person class meeting" and the building and room number.

Hybrid

Sample In-person and Livestream (Synchronous) Hybrid Class Listing
Example image of an In-person and Livestream hybrid course listing when viewing your schedule in Sail

In-person and livestream hybrid classes will have two rows per class listing. Each row begins with the course date range and the days of the week that the class meets. One row will display the details of the livestream, the other row will contain the in-person class meeting details.

Sample Livestream (Synchronous) and Traditional Online (Asynchronous) Hybrid Class Listing
Example image of a Livestream and traditional online hybrid course listing when viewing your schedule in Sail

Livestream and Traditional online hybrid classes will have two rows per class listing. One row for the livestream class details and one for the traditional online class details. Each row begins with the course date range, but the days of the week that the class meets will only be listed for the livestream row. The livestream row will also show the online meeting time, there will be no time listed for the traditional online row.

Livestream (Synchronous)

Example image of a Livestream course listing when viewing your schedule in Sail

Livestream classes are designated by "Type: Online meeting" and will begin with the course date range, followed by the days of the week and time that the class meets.

Traditional Online (Asynchronous)

Example image of a traditional online course listing when viewing your schedule in Sail.

Traditional online classes are designated by "Type: Online meeting" and will begin with the course date range, but will not list days of the week or time that the class meets.

Viewing your schedule in Sail

To view your schedule in Sail, visit sail.oakland.edu. Then Schedule and Options > Schedule Details.

In-person

Example image of an In-person course listing when registering or browsing for classes.

In-Person classes will being with the days of the week and time that the class meets, followed by "Type: In-person class meeting" and the building and room number.

Hybrid

Sample In-person and Livestream (Synchronous) Hybrid Class Listing
Example image of an In-person and Livestream hybryid course listing when registering or browsing for classes.

In-person and Livestream hybrid classes will have two rows per class listing. One row will display the details of the online meeting, the other row will contain the in-person class meeting details.

Sample Livestream (Synchronous) and Traditional Online (Asynchronous) Hybrid Class Listing
Example image of a Livestream and traditional online hybryid course listing when registering or browsing for classes.

Livestream and traditional online hybrid classes will have two rows per class listing. The first row will display the details for the livestream, the second row will contain the traditional online class details.

Livestream (Synchronous)

Example image of a Livestream course listing when registering or browsing for classes.

Livestream classes are designated by "Type: Online meeting" and will list the days of the week and time that the class meets.

Traditional Online (Asynchronous)

Example image of a Traditional online course listing when registering or browsing for classes.

Traditional online classes are designated by "Type: Online meeting" but will not list days of the week or time.

Viewing your schedule in MySail

To view your schedule in MySail, visit mysail.oakland.edu.

In-person

Example image of an in-person course listing when viewing your schedule in MySail.

In-Person classes will begin with the course name and credit value, followed by the detailed class information section. The class information section will contain the building information, days of the week, meeting time, course date range and course type of "In-person class meeting". There will also be links to see information for the course description and instructor below the course information section.

Hybrid

Sample In-person and Traditional Online (Asynchronous) Hybrid Class Listing
Example image of an in-person and traditional online hybrid course listing when viewing your schedule in MySail.

In-person and traditional online hybrid classes will begin with the course name and credit value, followed by the detailed class information section. The class information section will contain days of the week, meeting time, course date range and course type for the In-person class meeting. Click the “down arrow” to the right of the course meeting time to see any specific, online meeting details. There will also be links to see information for the course description and instructor below the course information section.

Sample Livestream (Synchronous) and Traditional Online (Asynchronous) Hybrid Class Listing
Example image of a Livestream and traditional online hybrid course listing when viewing your schedule in Sail

Livestream and Traditional online hybrid classes will begin with the course name and credit value, followed by the detailed class information section. The class information section will contain days of the week, meeting time, course date range and course type for the livestream class meeting. Click the “down arrow” to the right of the course meeting time to see any specific, online meeting details. There will also be links to see information for the course description and instructor below the course information section

Livestream (Synchronous)

Example image of a Livestream course listing when viewing your schedule in MySail.

Livestream classes will begin with the course name and credit value, followed by the detailed class information section. The class information section will contain days of the week, meeting time, course date range and course type of "Online Meeting". There will also be links to see information for the course description and instructor below the course information section.

Traditional Online (Asynchronous)

Example image of a traditional online course listing when viewing your schedule in MySail.

Traditional online classes will begin with the course name and credit value, followed by the detailed class information section. The class information section will contain only the course date range and course type of "Online Meeting". There will also be links to see information for the course description and instructor below the course information section.

Classroom Instruction Models FAQs

Is there a way to search for available in person classes on MySAIL?

While results cannot be filtered to search for in-person classes, after searching for a specific class you can view how it is being taught based examples in the Registering or Browsing for Classes section above. If you need assistance, contact the Office of the Registrar or your academic adviser.

If my course meets in person, will all students be attending at the same time?

Given classroom sizes and social distancing, in person attendance may be rotated. Faculty will provide details in the course syllabus.

How will I know when I’m expected to attend in person for my hybrid course?

Faculty will provide details in the course syllabus.

Will there be any specific times I will be required to be available for a traditional online class?

Not generally, although some faculty may ask students to take tests/assessments at predetermined times. This information should be available when you register, but will also be available in the course syllabus. Students with conflicts to requirements noted in the syllabus should consult their faculty.

What technology will I need for online learning?

Please see Technical Requirements at the Online Learning Resources for Current Students page.

I don’t have access to a computer or tablet for my online course. What should I do?

Registered students can request free use of a laptop for the semester from the Student Technology Center.

I don’t have internet access. What should I do?

The OU campus network, GrizzNet, is available to all registered students and accessible anywhere on campus. Visit the Student Technology Center for more information related specifically to COVID-19, as well as information on laptop and equipment loan programs.

What technology will be used for livestream (synchronous) and traditional online (asynchronous) courses?

Courses delivered via livestream and traditional online will host course materials such as files, forums, assignments and quizzes on Moodle.

Livestream courses may also utilize YuJa, WebEx, or Google Meet for you to attend online in real-time. A YuJa, WebEx or Google Meet activity in Moodle will allow you to access the live meetings when your professor schedules them. Faculty teaching traditional online (asynchronous) courses may also schedule optional livestream sessions, or provide alternatives for participation, such as reviewing online recordings of in-person class sessions.

I’m unfamiliar with Moodle. How can I learn more about it?

Get a first-hand experience of online learning in our Moodle Demo Course. In addition, watch short videos about using Moodle at our Moodle Help Videos - Students YouTube playlist. Finally, read about the basics of Moodle and online learning in our Student Guide to Online Learning.

I’m unfamiliar with video conferencing. How can I learn more about it?

Video Conferencing is available at OU via Google Meet, YuJa, and WebEx. Help documents and videos are available for video conferencing at the Getting Help tab on the Online Learning Resources for Current Students page.

What will the in person classroom environment be like?

All students will be required to wear masks and maintain social distancing. Furniture has been either reconfigured in each classroom or stickers note which seats should be used to maintain distance between students. Each classroom also has a web camera and a microphone. This will allow for the class to be either recorded or live-streamed for students who are unable to attend in person.

What does NRM meet for the room location for my course?

NRM means "no room." This signifies that your course will be traditional online or livestream.

Where will I find information about how to login to my livestream (synchronous) course? 

Faculty will provide a link to livestream (synchronous) class sessions on Moodle.  Additional information may be available in the course syllabus.

If I am unable to attend my in-person class due to illness or quarantine, will I be able to attend the class online?

Each classroom also has a web camera and a microphone. This will allow for the class to be either recorded or live-streamed for students who are unable to attend in person. Contact your faculty or view the course syllabus for information on how individual faculty will provide access to the class session.

The course syllabus doesn't mention anything about livestream (synchronous) meetings, yet the course has listed days/times for online class sessions.  What do I do?

Faculty will provide a link to livestream (synchronous) class sessions on Moodle.  Contact your faculty if you have questions about how to join the class online during the scheduled times.

I have in-person and livestream (synchronous) courses on the same day.  Where can I go on campus to participate in my livestream (synchronous) course?

All campus buildings are open for students to use with their own technology device while taking advantage of the Grizznet wireless network.  The Student Technology Center is also open for students who need to use a computer to access their online course. 

How do I gain access to the Supplemental Instruction (SI) listed on my schedule?

Each SI uses E-space to host course materials and links to join the SI sessions.  Check your OU email for a message from your SI leader who will provide directions on how to login for your SI sessions. 

Offering Courses that Involve Human Contact

Faculty in health disciplines will utilize course-appropriate models for delivering instruction that strike a strategic balance between carefully crafted asynchronous online instruction; synchronous virtual coaching, observation and feedback; and in-person clinical education that includes simulated lab experiences and direct care for individuals in healthcare settings.

Field Experiences, Internships and Practicums

Students across the university are encouraged and sometimes required by their degree program to take advantage of the many opportunities that Oakland University’s location in Southeast Michigan provides. Regardless of your choice of major, we want you to have an opportunity to extend your learning beyond the borders of campus. We expect you to be able to reengage in student teaching, internships, clinicals, practicums and other valuable forms of experiential learning when you return to campus this fall.

Laboratories in the Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science and Health Disciplines

Laboratories that cannot be taught virtually will be held in person. We have identified the new capacity in each of our laboratories and will provide updated information on your schedule soon. We also have invested in improvements that will make software more accessible from off-campus locations and will continue to provide support to students who have issues with technology and reliable access to WiFi. Additionally, since the library, our computer labs, the Oakland Center and other campus facilities will be open, you will have access to on campus resources that had to be shuttered in March when we were required to stay at home and subsequently had to shift suddenly to remote learning.

Technology to Support Classroom Connections

We are concerned about our students and faculty with health conditions that make attending in person classes unsettling or impossible. We also realize that we will need to plan for a larger than usual number of hybrid and online courses in response to the reduced capacities in our classrooms. To compensate, we have ordered webcams and microphones for our classrooms to allow class sessions to be streamed so you can connect from home to an in-person lecture. Oakland University faculty have access to a wide array of software and tools to design and deliver content within their courses. Here are a few of the primary tools.

  • Moodle is our learning management system and allows faculty to post video lectures, lecture live, post course materials, host discussions, administer exams. Most students will use Moodle whether their course is in-person, online or a little of both.
  • YuJa is our new conferencing software and will be used by faculty to deliver lectures and host in-class meetings virtually. This tool will replace WebEx.
  • Google Meet is another frequently used tool that allows you to have real time discussions and interactions while at home or in the dorm.

Some faculty will record and post videos of their lectures and use YuJa or Google Meet to discuss your readings, the lecture material and engage you and your classmates in activities to enhance learning during in-person or virtual class meetings.

Supporting Students with Disabilities

As indicated above, Oakland University faculty will utilize a number of resources to provide accessible content – both in person and virtually – to students requiring such support. If you have any questions about your specific situation and the fall semester, we encourage you to contact Disability Support Services to learn more.

Supporting Students with Financial Need

As many University community members have learned, the CARES Act has allocated $13.8 million to Oakland University to support students and university operations. Half of this funding must be provided directly to students who have been financially impacted by the crisis following criteria established by the Department of Education. Oakland University has begun distributing this funding. More information can be found on the Student Financial Services web section.

Additional Academic Highlights

  • Students will be able to take the full range of courses they need to attain their degrees.
  • Courses that require face-to-face instruction will be prioritized for on-campus meeting so that students needing to complete these courses can stay on track to graduate.
  • The university is working with its educational partners to ensure that clinical and field educational experiences can resume as soon as possible.
  • OU faculty members will continue to hold student hours, sometimes called office hours, to answer students’ questions.
  • We expect that students will be able to continue to participate in research experiences by the time the fall semester begins.
Current Students
Current Coursework
  • Students in labs and clinical programs will be contacted directly by their department regarding arrangements for these classes.
  • Students who lack computers to complete coursework remotely should contact the Student Technology Center for information regarding available resources.
  • The following suggestions are offered to students with limited or no internet connection off campus:
    • Check local internet and wireless providers including Comcast, Charter, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile for free, short-term internet service.
    • For all classwork, use A Microsoft Word or Excel document instead of working on an online document. Save the work and then copy and paste the work into the Moodle or whatever online teaching tool the professor is using.
    • Let your professor know that you have internet access issues and make alternative arrangements to submit assignments.
  • International students concerned about completing classes at a location in a time zone that doesn’t allow for synchronous class participation should contact their professor(s) faculty to discuss the situation and to find a solution. For additional support, faculty and students should email to provost@oakland.edu.
  • Students who are sick should, as always, focus first taking care of themselves and getting well. As they are able, they should communicate with professors about making up work later and/or getting an incomplete grade until course work can be completed.
  • Students who are called to active duty must take care of several academic, financial and record matters prior to their departure from campus. The Veteran Support Services provides detailed information on how to navigate such a situation. Students can also contact the school certifying official at (248) 370-4010 or veterans@oakland.edu.
  • The University will not host in-person course exams. All students are advised to await information from instructors regarding final exams and other learning assessment measures.
  • Online tutoring is available from 9 AM-5 PM, Monday - Friday. You can make an appointment online through clicking on “Find a Tutor”.
  • Supplemental Instruction will continue to be offered online on Espace. Check your email for a message from your SI Leader.
  • Virtual academic coaching is available by emailing the Academic Coach at allushuski@oakland.edu to set up an individualized appointment.

Five tips for transitioning to online learning

  • Email is more important than ever
    • Check your email three times a day (turning on email notifications on your phone can help).
    • Organize emails from each class into separate folders.
  • Routine is key
    • Use Google calendar or planner to create a weekly schedule. Include time for reading, reviewing course materials, working on assignments and studying for quizzes and tests.
    • Create a “study space” free from clutter and distractions.
    • Be sure to add breaks!
    • Set a notification so you don’t forget to log in at online meeting times.
  • Academic support is always available
    • Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction are being delivered online
    • View the tutoring schedule at oakland.edu/tutoring
    • Schedule a Writing Center appointment at oakland.edu/ouwc
    • Check espace.oakland.edu for updates from your SI leader
    • Stay in touch with your professor via email and moodle or by “e-visiting” his/her office hours regularly.
    • Reach out to your academic adviser for support and/or to schedule a meeting with an academic coach to discuss strategies for online learning
  • The delivery is different, but the course is the same
    • Staying on top of course material is even more important when you are not able to be physically present with your professor and classmates at regularly scheduled times.
    • Study with the same effort for online classes as you would with in person.
    • Quizzes, tests and assignments will be just as challenging and the time provided could be more limited.
    • Rules related to academic integrity still apply in the online environment.
  • Practice patience and self-care
    • Be patient with your professors and with yourself. This is a big adjustment for everyone.
    • Find time to take breaks, get outside and socialize with others virtually through phone calls, texts, FaceTime, etc.
Student Services
  • Undergraduate Admissions, Student Financial Services and the Office of the Registrar are available to assist students remotely. All-face-to-face appointments, campus tours and enrollment management events have been suspended.
  • Students with disabilities who cannot attend virtual classes are strongly encouraged not to drop classes. Students with questions and concerns should contact their professor(s) and the Office of Disability Support Services.
  • The International Students and Scholars (ISSO) and Global Engagement Office (GEO) continues to support international students and scholars with an array of remotely delivered services. Additional information is available on the ISSO web section.
Future Coursework

Registration by class standing and earned credit hours is now in process for fall 2020 and winter 2021 classes. The Office of the Registrar is available to assist with registration needs via phone, email, instant messaging and web conference. Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisers via email for help with course schedule planning.

Future Students
Faculty
  • Faculty seeking assistance in delivering course content remotely should visit the E-LIS and CETL web sections.
  • Faculty are advised that it is not permissible to end courses early and assign a grade. Classes are expected to continue through the end of the semester.
  • Faculty preparing final exams are asked to keep the following in mind:
    • Students are experiencing a very different learning experience that they did at the beginning of the semester
    • It is recommended that faculty avoid developing an exam that depends on ProctorU. Use of this resource must be approved by a faculty member’s dean and the Provost
    • It is completely acceptable to make final examinations optional this semester and replace the exam with another activity or virtual meeting. Please see the following documents for more information:
  • Faculty sabbaticals remain allowed, but approved sabbatical applications involving travel must be conducted in accordance with University and federal travel guidelines. Faculty unable to or not wishing to travel for a sabbatical should submit an alternative plan to their dean at least 60 days prior to the commencement of the sabbatical. The Dean may approve the plan for fall 2020 or a deferral for up to one year with appropriate credit towards the next sabbatical.
  • For additional information on how to navigate academic and work situations during this unusual situation, faculty should contact their department chair, their dean's office or the Office of the Provost at provost@oakland.edu.
Parents

How do we plan for the future? Should my child start planning which courses to take in the future?

We encourage students to look toward the future and not to pause their education. Full-year registration has begun and academic advisors are available in a virtual setting to assist students with course schedule planning.

My child has challenges with remote learning. What does OU do to help students with remote/online learning?

OU faculty and staff are aware of remote learning challenges and are taking extra steps to support student learning.

  • If your student experiences challenges, please have him or her contact their instructor directly to discuss the challenges and to identify solutions.

My child has challenges to complete or submit homework due to intermittent internet access. How does OU help with that?

  • Students who lack computers to complete coursework remotely should contact the Student Technology Center for information regarding available resources.
  • The following suggestions are offered to students with limited or no internet connection off campus:
    • Check local internet and wireless providers including Comcast, Charter, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile for free, short-term internet service.
    • For all classwork, use A Microsoft Word or Excel document instead of working on an online document. Save the work and then copy and paste the work into the Moodle or whatever online teaching tool the professor is using.
    • Let your professor know that you have internet access issues and make alternative arrangements to submit assignments.