Local Colleges Combine Online, In-Person Classes For Fall Semesters

Local Colleges Combine Online, In-Person Classes For Fall Semesters

  • Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Judson University’s fall semester primarily would be conducted with online learning. Judson will begin in-person classes on Aug. 24. Details are below.

Kane County universities and community colleges will start the fall semester with a combination of online learning and in-person classes.

But it’s truly a mixed bag of start times and combinations of learning options.

Four of the five higher-learning institutions located in Kane County — Aurora University, Judson University, Elgin Community College and Waubonsee Community College — start classes Aug. 24. But the first day for Rasmussen College’s Aurora campus won’t be until Oct. 5.

Aurora University is leaning heavily toward online learning and ECC has converted many of its in-person classes to online for the fall semester.

Judson University classes will begin in-person classes on Aug. 24.

At Rasmussen University, theory- or lecture-based courses will continue to be delivered online, but a decision has yet to be made about r all academic programs and courses for the October start.

Waubonsee Community College, meanwhile, offers no less than five alternatives for learning: face-to-face, online, hybrid, sync online and flex. Scroll down and click the link for more information.

Aurora University

Forward Together: First Day of Classes Aug. 24

In late July, Aurora University announced revised plans for the 2020 fall semester that include class instruction via enhanced remote delivery.

The campus will remain open with safety protocols in place for dining, residence halls, the library, and other student services. Read the president’s message and the updated Forward Together Progress Report. Check back here for regular updates.

This decision will require a reset of traditional plans for the opening of a new academic year at Aurora University.

The first day of fall classes will still be Aug. 24 and the previously announced calendar will remain in place.

AU officials will announce new on-campus housing options for students and families to consider. Alternative plans for welcoming new students to the campus will be announced.

Facilities will be open for student use, and a new laptop loaner program will ensure access to technology. Study space will be readily available in the library and in computer labs.

And the University Banquet Hall will take on a new identity as “Club Spartan.”

Rigorous safety requirements will be in place. Full compliance with these measures will be required.

Elgin Community College

First Day of Classes Aug. 24; Student Services In-Person Assistance Aug. 22

In response to the uncertainty of many variables associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, Elgin Community College has made the difficult decision to convert the majority of face-to-face courses for the fall 2020 semester to online courses.

Specialized lab courses, where the face-to-face component is essential, will be offered on campus but may also include online learning.

ECC will continue to deliver a high-quality academic experience for students enrolled in online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses.

For clarity, some definitions may be useful:

  • Online: Most classes will be offered fully online. Some will be asynchronous classes — with no live instruction or scheduled meeting times. Others will be synchronous, with some live, scheduled online interaction.
  • Hybrid: Coursework requiring an essential face-to-face component, such as on-campus lab work, will blend online learning with in-classroom instruction.
  • Face-to-face: A small number of courses that do not lend themselves to online delivery may be held fully on-campus.

Students who will be enrolled in online and hybrid courses should review ECC’s Distance Learning department’s web pages for related resources and information.

Student Resources

Extended business hours will be available on campus at Elgin Community College to support students from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22. Offices that will be open include academic advising, admissions, registration, financial aid, student accounts, and first stop.

The Saturday hours are offered to incoming and returning ECC students who would like in-person assistance before the start of classes on Monday, Aug. 24.

At this time, Testing Services is offering placement testing remotely. Please use the remote testing form at elgin.edu/testing to sign-up for the placement test. If you do not have access to complete testing remotely, there is limited, appointment-only testing on-campus; you can request an appointment on the testing site listed above.

The ECC Bookstore will also be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for in-store pickup of materials. Orders need to be placed ahead of time at bookstore.elgin.edu. Students with questions about materials can contact the bookstore at eccbookstore@elgin.edu.

At this time, all visitors to campus must use Entrance A-2 to access campus. All offices noted above are located in Building B. Parking lots A and B are the best options for accessing campus. Face coverings are required for all visitors coming to campus, and social distancing will remain in place.

The 16-week classes begin the week of Monday, Aug. 24; 12-week classes begin the week of Monday, Sept. 28; and eight-week classes begin the week of Monday, Oct. 19.

For additional information about fall credit classes, contact the ECC Admissions Office at 847-214-7385 or admissions@elgin.edu.

Judson University

First Day of Fall Semester Classes Aug. 24

During this time, Judson leaders have been diligently planning for the Fall 2020 semester. Judson University intends to begin the fall semester with Welcome Weekend on Aug. 21 and in-person classes on Aug. 24.

“We will continue to comply with all federal and state guidelines, as well as our own high standards, for the health and safety of our entire community –  students, faculty, staff, and guests,” officials said. “Our approach will begin with a progressive return of our staff throughout the summer and will include opening campus to visitors and events as the Illinois stay at home order is lifted.”

Judson will follow appropriate health testing, screening, and tracing; cleaning and sanitizing; and social distancing as necessary in classrooms, residence halls, the cafeteria, athletic events, and other student activities and events.

The school also is developing at least three contingency plans for adjusting its strategies based on continuing developments and changes to governmental guidelines.

“Our community continues to work together to best serve our students as you work toward your educational goals,” the Judson site says. “We look forward to your return in the fall and to welcoming our new Judson Eagles to campus. In the meantime, stay safe, and have a great summer!”

Rasmussen College

First Day of Fall Classes Oct. 5 at Aurora Campus

Rasmussen officials have decided that the fall term will begin Oct.5, with theory- or lecture-based courses delivered online at the Aurora/Naperville campus, 2363 Sequoia Drive, Aurora.

Physical Presence Protocols

To the greatest extent possible, Rasmussen College will offer courses in a distance learning modality.

Student use of campus facilities is limited only to students who have a scheduled on-campus instruction where distance learning is not possible. Student use of campus facilities is limited only to the time of the scheduled course.

Employees whose physical presence is not necessary to support required on-campus instruction will be expected to continue remote work to the greatest extent possible, excepting employment activities required for minimum business operations, until further notice.

Vendor interactions should be conducted via WebEx or phone to the greatest extent possible. Vendors who must visit the campus for maintenance or emergency work must adhere to all College protocols.

No community visitors will be allowed entry to a college location until further notice.

Waubonsee Community College

5 Ways To Take Classes; First Day Aug. 24

Beginning with our fall semester, which begins Aug. 24, Waubonsee Community College students will have five ways to take classes.

  • Face-to-Face — on-campus instruction
  • Online — the course is delivered 100% online through Waubonsee’s Learning Management System, Canvas
  • Hybrid — a blend of face-to-face and online
  • Sync Online — scheduled delivery of instruction through a video conference tool such as Zoom on the days and times of scheduled class sessions
  • Flex — allows students to choose from among face-to-face, sync online, or online delivery methods throughout the course, depending on what works best for them on any given day

These various methods of course delivery are not only a response to the pandemic, but options that create greater flexibility and increased access for you as you work to balance college and life.

The fall course schedule has been updated to reflect these new options. Note that while you can choose from among the delivery methods offered for your chosen course(s), not all courses will be available in all five formats.

Specific details about on-campus safety protocols, including mask etiquette, physical space accommodations and physical distancing, and cleaning protocols will also be shared soon.

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