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Dear Hood College student, 

The fall semester is almost here, and, as promised, I’m writing with an update on the teaching modalities of your fall classes. I’d like to share with you a video from Iqra Rafiq, one of our student members on the Academic/Curriculum Delivery Working Group, that explains the different types of classes you’ll see on your fall schedule in self-service.  

You’ll also find details on these different modalities in the information below. 

Beginning today, in Self-Service you will see your fall schedule which lists all of the classes for which you are registered. To access this information: 

  • Log in to Self Service 
  • Click the “Classes” tab 
  • Select “Schedule”, then “Student Schedule” 
  • Make sure you are in “Text” mode (not “Grid” mode) 

Your schedule may look something like this:

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The listing of classes will show whether your class will be taught in HYBRID mode or ONLINE. If neither of these designations appears on your schedule, then your class will be taught in TRADITIONAL mode. 

You may notice a start and end time for some courses of 12:01 - 12:02 AM. Don't worry; you don't have to attend class at midnight!  This is simply a system default for all Online and Hybrid courses that indicates the asynchronous nature of the course. For some Traditional courses with TBA listed or showing the 12:01-12:02 AM meeting times, these are typically internships and/or independent study courses where the instructor will be working with individual students to identify a time for course meetings.

So what does TRADITIONAL, HYBRID and ONLINE mean?  

Traditional Courses 

Students will connect with the faculty member and other students in the class LIVE (or “synchronously”). You may participate in these live class sessions either in a classroom or remotely. Your professor may also be joining the class from a remote location. All of these options are feasible. The common feature is that all members of the class will be engaging synchronously on the day, time and classroom location posted on your schedule. And this synchronous, live engagement will occur for every class throughout the semester. 

It is unlikely that all students will be able to attend class at the same time due to physical-distancing requirements, but don’t worry – we’ll make sure you won’t miss anything if you’re participating remotely. 

All synchronous classes will also be recorded and available through the course Blackboard site for students who may need to engage the course material at a different time (or “asynchronously”), yet consistent with course expectations listed in the syllabus. If recording is not feasible due to technical challenges, then the instructor will provide all course materials and follow-up information via Blackboard to students who are unable to engage synchronously. 

Hybrid Courses 

More than half of the classes for the semester will occur live, in a classroom (as described above). These classes will occur on the day, time and in the classroom listed on your schedule. The remaining coursework will be offered asynchronously, and students may engage the course material on their own time, consistent with course expectations listed in the syllabus. 

As with traditional courses, all synchronous classes will also be recorded and available through the course Blackboard site. If recording is not feasible due to technical challenges, then the instructor will provide via Blackboard all course materials and follow-up information to students who are unable to engage synchronously. 

Online Courses 

The entire class will be offered online, and no live or synchronous components will be required. The professor will provide opportunities for individual or small group meetings virtually each week. Even though these courses are offered asynchronously, they still require the same amount of work and commitment as your other courses.  

Still have questions?  

Check out the attached infographic (Your Learning Options) that describes these different modalities.  And, be sure to check out Hood's Online Success Toolkit, which offers a variety of tips and resources to help you navigate some of the changes we will all experience this fall.  Of course, we welcome your questions at covidquestions@hood.edu.

Course modalities and room assignments may change, so please check Self Service immediately prior to the first day of class on August 17 for the most up-to-date information available.  Also, don’t forget to check the course Blackboard site for further information about course modality and expectations. 

If you are unable to come to campus this semester for health reasons and need connectivity or technology to engage with your classes, please contact Dean Schum (undergraduates) or Dean Boulton (graduate students) to explore your options.  

In closing, rest assured that your Hood family has been working hard to plan your return to campus this semester. Whether you will be in a classroom on campus physically distanced, or logging in remotely, we look forward to a successful fall semester with you! 

Best wishes,

Provost Ricker

Dear Students,

I hope you are enjoying your final month of summer and are excited for the start of the fall semester! The campus has felt so empty for too long, I am so looking forward to your arrival. Since my last update, we have been busy preparing for your arrival and the start of the semester. If you have questions or would just like to check in, we have scheduled multiple student town halls, via this Zoom link(password: 475426). 

  • July 20 or 21 at 7 p.m. for New Students 
  • July 27 or 29 at 7 p.m. for Residential Students 
  • August 3 at 7 p.m. for Commuter Students 
  • August 5 or 6 at 7 p.m. for Graduate Students 

I wanted to share with you some of the recent activities and decisions we have made in preparing for the fall semester:

  • Signage has been installed around campus indicating occupancy limits, directions for traffic flow, and reminders about masks, social distancing and handwashing. 
  • Plexiglass has also been installed in all public-facing areas, including admission, the information desk and the mail room. 
  • Classrooms have been supplied with hand sanitizers and cleaning wipes to be used in addition regular cleaning from housekeeping. 
  • Classrooms occupancies have been determined and floor markings indicate where desk and chairs should be placed for appropriate distancing. 
  • Thank you to the more than 60 percent of you who completed the “fall intent” survey. Almost all (98 percent) of you expect to resume classes in the fall and the majority expect to take classes in person. The same survey also informed of us of your decision to live on campus or commute. Many of you have requested singles and we are doing our very best to accommodate those requests. On July 24, all residential students will be emailed your housing assignment and, if applicable, roommate information. 
  • The provost is working with department chairs and the registrar to determine classroom schedules and delivery modalities for each course. Course modalities will be updated in Self Service on or before July 27 and you will be able to view your class schedules then. 
  • In partnership with the county health department and Frederick Health, we are finalizing our plan for conducting surveillance testing throughout the semester. This testing will be provided on campus at no cost. More information will be shared shortly. 

In addition, currently we are testing a symptom monitoring app that will make it convenient for all members of the community to check their symptoms daily. IT will roll out the Campus Clear App in early August and a follow-up email will be sent with more details.

All students, especially those coming from areas with increasing cases of COVID-19, should take extra precautions against possible exposure to COVID-19 at least two weeks in advance of your arrival on campus. These safety measures include the behavioral protocols, as well as avoiding large group gatherings (especially indoors) and unnecessary travel.

Residential students will begin moving in on Monday, August 10, in scheduled time periods. A link to the sign-up form will be available before the end of the month. If you have additional questions or need special accommodations beyond the usual move-in process, please contact covidquestions@hood.edu.

Another reminder that residential students who may be mail ordering books and other supplies for the semester should have them delivered home to bring with you when you move on campus to avoid delays in shipping. Extra sanitizer, cleaning wipes and masks are also encouraged.

Now is the time to regularly check your Hood email. In addition to these updates from me, your faculty will begin reaching out with important course information, including syllabi and expectations and confirming course modality. 

As I mentioned in my previous email, we will have a Welcome Tent on the Quad, where you will be able to pick up your keys, t-shirt and other goodies, get your Hood ID and say hello to faculty and staff. The Welcome Tent is for all students – not just residential. We hope you’ll stop by that week to say Hello.

I cannot close without acknowledging the passing of United States Congressman (GA) John Lewis, a rare and passionate leader who did not shy away from his position on equality for every person. He challenged all of us to be our best selves. Known as the “conscience of Congress,” Lewis was often quoted, “When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to stand up, say something, and speak out.” He challenged each of us to exercise our right to vote on all levels, local, state and national. Congressman Lewis believed in empowering our youth, noting that “they will be the leaders of the 21st century. They will take us there.” We honor him by embracing his legacy, integrity and commitment to equality and justice for all. 

I look forward to the virtual town halls in the coming weeks. Enjoy the sunshine, stay cool and hydrated, and continue to be well. I can’t wait to see you back on campus soon. 

Sincerely,

Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.
President

Dear Faculty and Staff,

I hope this email finds you well and staying cool. 

Last Friday, we held our first of three sessions to prepare for the return to campus. The Truth About COVID-19, featuring a panel of local health experts is available this week online, if you missed it. My thanks to the community engagement committee for arranging it and our speakers for their time and expertise. 

Zoom links will be sent via email for our upcoming panels:

  • Friday, July 24 at 10 a.m.: Managing Return to Work Stress with Vera Kurdian, LCSW-C, CEO, program director, Advanced Behavioral Health, Inc.; Megan Shaine, Ph.D., assistant professor, psychology and counseling; and Beth Thierer, LCSW-C, director, Customer Solutions, BHS EAP
  • Friday, July 31 at 10 a.m.: The Hood Team – Preparing for Your Return with Craig Zeigler, director of facilities; Chief Thurmond Maynard, campus safety; and Teresa Cevallos, director of wellness 

In advance of our virtual town hall for faculty and staff on Wednesday, July 22 at 4:30 p.m. (via this Zoom link, password: 475426), I wanted to share some of the recent activities and decisions from the operational working groups, which can also be found on the Welcome Home, Blazers website.

  • Signage has been installed around campus indicating occupancy limits, directions for traffic flow, and reminders about masks, social distancing and handwashing. 
  • Plexiglass has also been installed in all public-facing areas, including admission, the information desk and the mail room. 
  • Offices have been supplied with hand sanitizers and cleaning wipes to be used in addition regular cleaning from housekeeping. 
  • Classrooms occupancies have been determined and floor markings indicate where desk and chairs should be placed for appropriate distancing. 
  • We have heard from more than 60 percent of students through a survey to let us know their intentions for fall. Almost all (98 percent) expect to resume classes in the fall and the majority expecting to take classes in person. The same survey will also inform us of their decision to live on campus or commute. On July 24, all residential students will be emailed their housing assignment and roommate information. 
  • The provost is working with department chairs and the registrar to determine classroom schedules and delivery modalities for each course. If you haven’t already confirmed each modality for your course(s) with your department chair or program director, please contact them ASAP. Course modalities will be updated in Self Service on or before July 27. 
  • The Online Transition Team has organized a three-day virtual faculty development conference for all faculty. Pandemic-Proof Pedagogy will be offered August 5-7. AC and adjunct faculty are encouraged to attend and recording of the sessions will be available. 
  • In partnership with the county health department and Frederick Health, we are finalizing our plan for conducting surveillance testing throughout the semester. This testing will be provided on campus at no cost. More information will be shared shortly. 

We are also, in the next two weeks, testing a symptom monitoring app that will make it convenient for all members of the community to check their symptoms daily. IT will roll out the Campus Clear App before offices reopen. As we move closer to our reopening on Monday, Aug. 3, I again encourage you to come to campus before then for a few hours to reacclimate yourself to being in your office and see the changes made on campus to mitigate risk. If there is additional PPE you would like, please discuss with your supervisor. 

Students will begin moving in on Monday, August 10. To provide a welcoming atmosphere to a semester that will not be business as usual, student life is organizing a Welcome Tent on the quad. Students will be able to pick up their keys, student IDs, t-shirts and more. It will be an all-sanitized-hands-on-deck effort and we’ll need everyone to take part in volunteering time in the tent to welcome our students and families. An online sign-up form will be forthcoming. 

Good news to report! From enrollment management – our fall numbers continue to grow. We currently have deposits from 319 first-year and 89 transfer students (vs. our goals of 310 and 100). From institutional advancement – Hood Fund year-end total was $1.3M (vs. a COVID-revised goal of $1.2M). My thanks to all who made this possible! 

I cannot close without acknowledging the passing of United States Congressman (GA) John Lewis, a rare and passionate leader who did not shy away from his position on equality for every person. He challenged all of us to be our best selves. Known as the “conscience of Congress,” Lewis was often quoted, “When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to stand up, say something, and speak out.” He challenged each of us to exercise our right to vote on all levels, local, state and national. Congressman Lewis believed in empowering our youth, noting that “they will be the leaders of the 21st century. They will take us there.” We honor him by embracing his legacy, integrity and commitment to equality and justice for all. 

I look forward to seeing you at the virtual town hall on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy the sunshine, stay cool and hydrated, and continue to be well.

Sincerely,

Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.
President