Instruction & Learning Environments
Seat Time: 1/2 of class in-person, remaining 1/2 of class offline
Delivery: Asynchronous delivery of pre-class content (videos, readings, podcasts, etc.), then instructor meets in person with one-half the class on day 1 and the other half on day 2.
The College is providing a robust suite of technology tools for students to engage in collaborative activities, both on-site and remotely. Technology resources will supplement the in-person classroom environment and create additional ways to interact with peers in a project space scenario.
Learning management enhancements
Leveraging feedback from students and faculty, the College has expanded the functionality of its learning management system (iLearn) to offer additional pedagogical resources and improve the end-user experience. Students can expect a more uniform course design and additional functionality.
Marist is strongly encouraging online office hours for faculty and academic advisors.
The safe use of learning spaces requires attention to social distancing standards, use of technology, and other health and safety policies and protocols, including wearing face coverings. Classrooms have been modified to allow for social distancing between students, and will operate at a reduced capacity (50% or less).
Adapting public spaces
Academic buildings will feature modified wayfinding including one-way corridors and staircases, restricted use of elevators, and floor markings to ensure appropriate social distancing. The use of communal space in academic buildings will be restricted.
Guided by the latest research, we are modifying our cleaning protocols in both classrooms and student residence halls to mitigate the most likely means of transmission of the coronavirus. This means that housekeepers will spend more time on high-touch surfaces, which our own testing and scientific studies indicate should remain the area of focus. In the classroom, this change will increase the efficiency of cleaning and restore teaching time for each class period. The reduced density of students and faculty waiting in between classes will be maintained. We will rigorously clean classrooms three times a day and provide cleaning supplies in each classroom for individual use. In the residence halls and classrooms, we will continue to use the same products that hospitals employ to sanitize their own facilities.