July 23, 2020: How UM will teach this fall

Dear Grizzlies,

With the start of fall semester (Aug. 19) less than a month away, there is a lot you need to know. We are working hard to provide high-quality learning and campus life in a healthy environment. The Healthy Fall 2020 plan summarizes the University’s continuous efforts to achieve these goals. On-campus hygiene and providing students with optimal learning environments are our No. 1 priorities.

This message is long, but please read it all to learn how UM will teach classes this fall, the fees you may pay and what to do if there is a health reason you cannot attend in-person classes this semester.

How UM will teach classes this fall

This fall we will teach face-to-face much as possible, and there will be more remote and online learning options than before. Here are the ways your classes will be taught:

Face-to-face: Students and faculty work together in a scheduled classroom.

  • Section numbers are 01-25. For example, WRIT 101-01, WRIT 101-02, etc.

Remote: Students and faculty work together at the same time using technology such as Zoom.

  • Section numbers begin with the letter R followed by a number 01-25. For example, a remote section of WRIT 101 will appear as WRIT 101-R01.

Blended (also called hybrid or hyflex): Combines face-to-face and remote elements. Classes might include some students face-to-face and others remote.

  • Section numbers begin with the letter B followed by a number 01-25. For example, a blended section of WRIT 101 will appear as WRIT 101-B01.

Online: Log into your online classes anytime and learn at your own pace.

  • Section numbers are 50-65. For example, WRIT 101-50.

Distance-only students: You will only be able to register for course sections using “Internet, online or video conferencing” methods.

  • Section numbers are 50 through 59. For example, WRIT 101-51.

New course schedules available next week

Your class schedule for fall semester might include some of these types of classes. We will post new course schedules in Cyberbear by 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 28. New schedules will include information about how each of your courses will be taught.

  • If you registered for face-to-face classes last spring, please be aware one or more of your classes may change to remote, blended or online. Physical distancing requirements take up more space inside classrooms, so classroom space and capacities are more limited.
  • If you were signed up for a class that has been canceled, you can reach out to your adviser to find alternatives, or when that course will be offered again.
  • If you have questions about your new schedule, please contact your adviser. They can answer questions and make other changes if you need them. Also, please visit the Keep on Learning website for learning tips and advice.

How UM will teach classes this fall

This fall we will teach face-to-face much as possible, and there will be more remote and online learning options than before. Here are the ways your classes will be taught:

Face-to-face: Students and faculty work together in a scheduled classroom.

  • Section numbers are 01-25. For example, WRIT 101-01, WRIT 101-02, etc.

Remote: Students and faculty work together at the same time using technology such as Zoom.

  • Section numbers begin with the letter R followed by a number 01-25. For example, a remote section of WRIT 101 will appear as WRIT 101-R01.

Blended (also called hybrid or hyflex): Combines face-to-face and remote elements. Classes might include some students face-to-face and others remote.

  • Section numbers begin with the letter B followed by a number 01-25. For example, a blended section of WRIT 101 will appear as WRIT 101-B01.

Online: Log into your online classes anytime and learn at your own pace.

  • Section numbers are 50-65. For example, WRIT 101-50.

Distance-only students: You will only be able to register for course sections using “Internet, online or video conferencing” methods.

  • Section numbers are 50 through 59. For example, WRIT 101-51.

New course schedules available next week

Your class schedule for fall semester might include some of these types of classes. We will post new course schedules in Cyberbear by 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 28. New schedules will include information about how each of your courses will be taught.

  • If you registered for face-to-face classes last spring, please be aware one or more of your classes may change to remote, blended or online. Physical distancing requirements take up more space inside classrooms, so classroom space and capacities are more limited.
  • If you were signed up for a class that has been canceled, you can reach out to your adviser to find alternatives, or when that course will be offered again.
  • If you have questions about your new schedule, please contact your adviser. They can answer questions and make other changes if you need them. Also, please visit the Keep on Learning website for learning tips and advice.

Fees you might pay for classes and campus services

We want you to understand how your bill might look this fall. Some of the changes we’ve put in place have fees associated with them.

  • Remote – There is no extra fee for remote instruction.
  • Blended fee – No fee assessed the fall semester, but you will see a line item on your bill for $0.
  • Campus-based fees – Campus-based fees will be applied per the Tuition and Fee structure for all face-to-face, remote and blended classes.
  • Online fee – Fee of $48 per credit hour to cover the costs of designing fully online courses.

When you get your new schedule, please talk to your adviser if you have questions about fees. Fees are subject to change. Please visit UM’s Tuition and Fee webpage for the most current information.

If there is a health reason you cannot come to campus, please let us know by July 31.

If you are at higher risk for COVID-19, you may request a remote attendance accommodation. Disability Services for Students (DSS) will consider requests on a case-by-case basis. If you request an accommodation, DSS will contact your adviser to enroll you in only remote or online classes. This might cause your schedule for fall to change again. The priority deadline for accommodation requests is July 31.

Accessibility: All course content and materials will be accessible. For example, videos will be captioned and documents will be EITA compliant, per federal and state law.

Ongoing Communications

Many of you responded to Monday’s message with questions and comments. Please continue sending your questions and comments to officeoftheprovost@umontana.edu.

We will post a set of FAQs for students on UM’s Coronavirus Information website soon, so everyone has the same information. Our next update will cover housing, dining and other student services.

Go Griz!

UM Office of the Provost

This message was sent by the Office of the Provost to all UM students.