SPRINGFIELD – Lincoln Land Community College has announced that four class formats will be offered for the fall 2020 semester. These formats are designed to provide students with safety and flexibility in choosing their preferred learning environments.
“LLCC is committed to serving students in a safe learning environment,” said Dr. Charlotte Warren, president of LLCC. “We have considered guidance from the Illinois Board of Higher Education, Illinois Community College Board and Illinois Department of Public Health in designing these four course formats for fall.”
Classes will be offered in the following formats: face-to-face, online, remote and flex.
A face-to-face course will be delivered in the traditional classroom setting. Face-to-face courses meet on a regular day and time schedule in an on-campus classroom. Smaller class sizes will allow for compliance with six-foot social distancing guidelines. Health screenings will be required of students coming to campus, face coverings will be worn by students and instructors, and hand sanitizing stations will be located at building entrances.
An online course allows students to access course content, participate in class discussions, complete assignments and communicate with instructors and classmates entirely online from their homes or elsewhere. Online courses do not have regular or required meeting times. LLCC has greatly expanded its online course offerings for fall and was recently named a top 10 community college in Illinois for online learning.
A remote course will meet on scheduled days and times via Zoom or other online communication technology. Students and instructors in this type of course will interact online in real time. Students will access the course via the internet to view and participate in live lectures and activities.
A flex course will combine traditional face-to-face, online and remote learning. These courses will also typically involve some face-to-face (on-campus) hands-on assessments. The specific percentage of each type of learning will be determined by individual faculty for each course. When students are on campus, social distancing guidelines will be followed, with health screenings and face coverings required.
“No matter the class format, all faculty will be prepared to move to distance offerings on very short notice should conditions warrant,” said Dr. Warren. “We are meticulously planning for all scenarios in the event there is a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases. All of our decisions are being carefully evaluated with a focus on safety, published guidelines and student needs. Students should check their student email and watch for communication from college personnel regarding any course changes.”
More information is available at www.llcc.edu/class-formats-fall-2020.