NEW TEMPORARY MEASURES AS OF FEB. 23
Bryant continues to adapt to the evolving pandemic in ways that give priority to health and safety and best serve Bryant’s community.
As Bryant and other colleges remain in a challenging period and we await warmer weather and increased access to vaccines, our students can take advantage of flexible course delivery.
Effective from Thursday, Feb. 25, until Monday, March 8 (note Feb. 24 is a day of reflection and no classes are scheduled), Bryant resident students and undergraduate and graduate commuter students will have the option to take all classes through distance learning, either from campus or from home, while we continue to have in person classes. Undergraduate and graduate students will have the option to select the class instruction option that is most appropriate for their individual circumstances and family’s desire.
We are asking our students to make the kind of decisions they will be called on to make as future global leaders in business and society who will be called on to make complex and sometimes very difficult decisions every day. These decisions are hard and they impact not just individuals but everyone in the Bryant community.
- For students who want to remain on campus and fully benefit from Bryant’s integrated academic and residential experience, we are here for you and we promise to do our best to retain the on-campus academic and residential life experience.
- For students who want to return home for a brief period and come back to campus to benefit from residential life later this spring, we will facilitate that for you. Completing this Student Affairs form for residents and commuter students no later than Feb. 28 will help to ensure continuous access to academic programs and support services. If you decide to stay off campus for this temporary period, your Health Checker app will reflect a red X, indicating your pause from campus until March 8.
Hybrid course delivery
Bryant uses a hybrid model to deliver our campus-based student residential experience and instruction.
Learn more about the technology we've installed to deliver the hybrid experience.
As part of our hybrid model, these features and safety protocols are designed to observe density restrictions while providing an impactful learning experience:
- Class sessions are available through a combination of on-campus and online experiences, which may include web sessions via live streaming, and/or recorded for later viewing. Some class attendance is split between alternating sessions.
- If there are more than 18 students in a given class, half of the class is in person while the other half is remote, and then students switch locations for the next class meeting, with simultaneous instruction for all.
- Some classes are all in person, some classes will employ the hybrid approach with synchronous remote learning, and some classes will have asynchronous-paired-with-in-person instruction. There will be online-only instruction with some courses for which this pedagogy is the most appropriate given the circumstances.
- Classroom technology and software enables web access for learning purposes, including to some class sessions, lab support, and exam sessions, as a result of significant investment by the University, which builds on Bryant’s well-known progressive teaching practices.
- Web-conferencing cameras, ceiling mounted microphones, digital inking/annotation devices, dual instructor displays and confidence monitors are used for some courses.
- Remote meetings, including with other students and faculty, replace in-person meetings and are held via teleconference or phone, including during faculty office hours.
- For our international students who might not be able to return to campus, and for those who are ill or unable to attend a given class, we record class sessions to ensure those who miss a class have the opportunity to observe exactly what took place.
HyFlex Bimodal Teaching
Colleges and accreditation agencies have long followed the idea of Carnegie contact hours where each hour of in-class contact time is accompanied by two hours of outside classwork. This definition has had to adjust to various circumstances such as directed studies, internships, online courses, and now HyFlex courses. The U.S. Department of Education notes that any out-of-seat class activity must reasonably approximate not less than one hour of in-class and two hours of out-of-class student work and be sufficient to achieve the course objectives. Examples might include recorded lectures, use of discussion boards, or group work, to name a few.
Faculty-student interaction is a hallmark of a Bryant education. Therefore, for the spring semester it is encouraged that a significant majority of both classes overall and any given individual class be held synchronously – be that in person, hybrid, or online, depending on the class. We are, however, in an unprecedented situation, so faculty may choose, for practical or pedagogical reasons, to integrate some asynchronous activity into their courses. Asynchronous activities will approximate the same time commitments and achieve the same course objectives as in person learning.
All faculty are expected to incorporate their plans for necessary contact hours into their course syllabi, clearly outlining expectations and learning outcomes. This includes ideas for regular weeks and for Saturday make-up days. (The spring 2021 class schedule is available here as a .pdf.) Faculty who choose to assign an asynchronous activity are encouraged to consult with department chairs and Center for Teaching Excellence staff to ensure that the proposed activity complies with Carnegie contact hours requirements. As has been the practice in prior semesters, all syllabi should be submitted to department chairs for review prior to the start of the semester.
Revised academic calendar
Bryant’s revised academic calendar ensures that requirements for instructional hours are met and personalized interaction with faculty and staff maintained, while addressing health and safety concerns.
Making the decision to apply for semester-long fully remote learning status is a serious decision that should be made in conjunction with a parent, family member or guardian. Before you apply for this option, you will need to consider ALL the implications should you be granted permission for this status.
Please note: Filling out the application does not mean you will automatically be approved for semester-long fully remote learning. Students with documented health conditions and international students facing visa issues will be given priority.
The deadline for applying for remote learning was Jan. 8.
It’s particularly important for Bryant’s first-year freshmen, transfer students, and commuter students to forge personal connections on campus. Studies consistently show that student learning is much greater when they establish contacts and discover mentors among the faculty. We are encouraging the residential experience and expect commuters to travel to campus for classes so that they can enjoy and benefit from the University experience. Remote access is offered as an accommodation to give students who are ill or required to quarantine, or unable to travel to campus, as much flexibility as possible.
With that being said, if a student has an extenuating circumstance that they feel merits online learning, they can petition the University for an exception. Because we are providing the lessons in class and online and have incurred very significant expenses to do so, there would be no reduction in tuition and students would be required to waive their housing option for spring.
A top priority in our planning is to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. Here are some of the measures for health and safety in the classroom:
- Face masks/coverings and social distancing are required on campus, including in the classrooms, practices which are supported by our hybrid learning model.
- Classrooms are cleaned frequently with appropriate disinfectant, as are all residence halls and community spaces. Electrostatic sprayers are used to clean classrooms multiple times each day. High-touch surfaces are disinfected on a four- to six-hour rotation.
- Considerations and protocols for high-risk persons are in effect, including individuals with immune deficiencies, who are encouraged to remain off-campus and engage with campus activities remotely.
Bryant’s Laptop Central, which serves as the student technology Helpdesk, has made some operational changes in light of COVID-19. The most significant is establishing an appointment-based system for in-person services. This will reduce waiting times and enforce social distancing for those needing laptop repair or other face-to-face services. Appointments can be booked by going to https://bookme.bryant.edu/appointments/laptopcentral Email and phone support are available at any time.
Additional changes to ensure health and safety during this time include:
- Installation of Plexiglass shields at the front desk.
- Complete wipe down of the front desk after each appointment.
- Disinfecting laptops before and after repairs.
- Disinfecting repair stations after each repair.
- Use of face masks and gloves by Laptop Central personnel.
Hours of operation:
- Monday-Thursday 10am – 7pm
- Friday: 10am – 4:30pm
- Sunday: 12pm – 6pm
If you have any questions or concerns about your laptop or any campus technology, please contact Laptop Central by calling 401-232-6550 or via email at email@example.com