A Guide to In-Person and Online Courses for Fall 2020

The University of Arizona will offer four types of classes. Depending on your preference, classes range from fully in-person to fully online.

Check out this video and read below for more information about our new course formats.

Students and instructors all attend class in person with enhanced physical distancing and cleaning protocols. These classes require “enhanced protections” for all such as:

  • Required face coverings for instructors and students.
  • Providing disinfectant for students to clean their individual spaces.
  • Increased air flows.
  • Classes moved into larger classrooms, for physical distancing.

In these courses, students participate in a mix of in-person and online modes. For example:

  • our instructor may divide your class into rotating groups that alternate between in-person and online meetings following the weekly class schedule.
  • Or your instructor may divide the class into separate in-person and online groups on a rotating basis. They will then lead the course for students in-person and at a separate time for the remainder of the class via Zoom or a similar app. 

In Live Online courses, the instructor and students are online simultaneously, and your instructor provides content via Zoom, Panopto or Google. Live Online courses are a good option if you’re planning to engage remotely for the duration of the semester.

In iCourses, students and instructors are not required to be online simultaneously, and students complete their work independently through D2L. Like Live Online courses, iCourses are a good option if you’re planning to remain remote for the duration of the semester.

All courses will provide options for students who are unable to come to campus due to illness or other temporary circumstances. Students planning to learn remotely online should enroll in Live Online or iCourses, but can request a special exemption if needed for degree progress or completion. In-Person and Flex In-Person classes will finish the in-person meetings by Thanksgiving, with the remainder of the class being held in online or remote formats, to allow students to choose to remain at home after the Thanksgiving break if they wish.

What's next?

As you know, the coronavirus situation continues to evolve, so some classes may still have updates prior to the beginning of the semester. Please be sure to check your schedule and connect with your advisor again as the start of term draws closer to make sure your schedule continues to align with your needs and preferences.

If you have not already, be sure to visit the Next Steps Center to complete any remaining action items so that you’re #WildcatReady for the fall semester.

The UAccess Student Center also received a significant update to make it much easier to use. Check out this video for information about the new changes