Remote Instruction

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Rutgers University Summer 2020 courses scheduled for face-to-face instruction will be held through remote instruction.* Depending on the course section, these courses will be delivered either synchronously (with scheduled day/time meeting) or asynchronously (without scheduled day/time meeting).**

  • In a remote synchronous course, some or all class sessions will be held at a scheduled day and time, and students are expected to connect remotely during those times. These days and times are viewable in the Schedule of Classes. These classes typically involve web conferencing.
  • In a remote asynchronous course, there are no scheduled class sessions. Rather, your instructor will provide materials—for example, readings, video content, presentations, lectures, assignments, and exams—and you can access these materials and satisfy the course requirements within time frames specified by the instructor. These classes typically include lecture notes or slides with voice-overs.

You will receive additional information from your instructor on a course-by-course basis regarding any specific policies, procedures, and technology requirements of the course.

Please contact the departments offering individual courses with any specific questions, issues, or concerns regarding the course delivery. 

For information about technology resources available to students, including information about WiFi and cellular access providers are making available during the COVID-19 response, please visit the Technology Resources for Students page, which is available on the Rutgers University’s COVID-19 Information website.

*NOTE: “Remote instruction” refers to the mode of teaching being utilized during the University’s COVID-19 response for courses that would otherwise be held face-to-face. “Online” in the Schedule of Classes is reserved for courses that are originally and intentionally built out as fully online courses, are traditionally held online, and will continue to be held online after face-to-face instruction resumes.

**NOTE: In practice, some courses scheduled for remote instruction may resemble more of a hybrid approach, with some coursework being done synchronously (in real-time) and some asynchronously (not in real-time). BUT, for scheduling purposes, if any part of the course is being held synchronously, the course must be designated as Remote-Sync to avoid student course scheduling conflicts.

An “Online” course is defined as instruction intentionally designed to be:

  1. Fully online and presented using a Learning Management System (LMS), currently, Sakai, Canvas, or Blackboard; 
  2. Interactive, with students and faculty using the LMS, including integrated third-party instructional technologies, to engage with each other and achieve certain predetermined learning objectives.
  3. Designed and aspire to meet national standards of quality online education, especially Quality Matters, with course design and course materials expected to meet accessibility standards.