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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Response

Academics

Updated: September 4, 2020

Information on this site may change frequently and without notice. Please check back often.

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Academic Life

We are counting on everyone to make responsible social choices. We are all in this together.

Here’s how you can be safe on campus this fall:

  • Peform a daily self-assessment
  • Wear your mask
  • Keep hand sanitizer with you
  • Follow posted guidelines in buildings and dining areas on campus
  • Bring your own water bottles to campus
  • Use software like Cisco Webex, Zoom, or Microsoft Teams to meet and collaborate virtually for group projects
  • Use email and online services as much as possible to minimize interpersonal contact

Perform a daily self-assessment. Stay home and email your professors if:

In the classroom:

  • Use provided supplies to sanitize your desk and high-touch surfaces at the start and end of class
  • Avoid congregating in hallways
  • Keep furniture where it is to ensure physical distancing

Some classroom and computer lab spaces across campus are reserved for open study areas. View locations and hours.


Fall Semester Course Delivery

Courses are being delivered in one of three ways: Remote, face-to-face, or flexible. Course delivery information is now available on WINGS Express, although there is a possibility the delivery option for some courses could change. The new flexible delivery option is defined as in-person delivery with a remote option.

1. Remote delivery: An online course where 100% of the direct faculty-led instruction is delivered in a synchronous (real time) or asynchronous (on demand) instruction mode. Students do not need to be on campus for any portion of the course work, homework/independent student preparatory work or evaluation. Instruction and interaction occur through the internet, such as via the university-managed Learning Management System (LMS).

What is the difference between Asynchronous and Synchronous Remote Delivery?

Asynchronous: Fully online with no set meet time
Students do not meet on specific days and times, which allows for a great deal of flexibility.

  • Students can work at their own pace, as long as they meet scheduled due dates.
  • Faculty can still engage in robust interactions with their students throughout the course.
  • Students and faculty primarily communicate via written or digital communication such as Slack, Facebook Groups, Google phone, etc.
  • Examples include: Self-paced modules or time-released modules in Pilot. Faculty can record video lectures or video reactions/responses, and conduct class activities such as annotated Perusall readings, podcasts, active learning, and laboratory assignments. Students can also participate in asynchronous video postings such as Flipgrid and Adobe Spark.

Synchronous: Fully online using a set meet time
Students meet online during published scheduled days and times. Students in remote classes will have a high-level, real-time interaction with their faculty instructor and fellow students during the scheduled times.

  • Live, web-based communication
  • Students and faculty talk in real-time
  • Example: Use real-time video conferencing tool (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact with students.

2. Face-to-face delivery: A course that is offered with direct faculty-student interaction occurring primarily in-person, may include some online instruction (not to exceed 20 percent). There is no remote option. The learning objectives of these courses cannot be imparted remotely; for example, clinicals, practica, and labs involving use of equipment.

3. Flexible delivery: This delivery approach combines in-person delivery with a remote option. Faculty must provide a remote option for students to select. Faculty have choices in how to deliver this remote option (live broadcast, recording, or some other delivery of course material).

  • A remote option allows for students unable to attend the in-person components of a course to participate in the course. Students are not required to submit documentation or rationale for participating in the course remotely.
  • There are a variety of instructional ways faculty may decide to teach using this delivery.
  • Examples may include, but not limited to: online lectures with in-person discussions/hands-on activities, in-person lectures/hands-on activities with remote options, and adopting “flips”, in-person participation is staggered to allow for physical distancing whenever possible (such as, half the class might meet in person early in the week and the other half later in the week).

Students who have issues connecting in remotely will have the opportunity to schedule time on campus, in the computer labs or other designated spaces.

  • Fall semester will start on schedule August 24 and the first day of finals will be December 7.
  • We are planning for a full semester with both in-person, on-campus instruction, and remote teaching and learning through December 4. Though at the beginning of Thanksgiving break, November 25, all classes will move fully to remote delivery for the rest of the semester.
  • Final exams will be taken remotely on December 7–12.
  • Commencement will take place on December 12.

Wright State will continue to monitor the pandemic in partnership with Greene and Mercer County Public Health Departments and will comply with state safety restrictions and mandates as they evolve.


How to Find Course Delivery Information

Course delivery attributes have been updated in WINGS Express. To view this information for a course you're already registered for, please view your Active Registration information in WINGS Express and click on a Course Title to bring up information about the specific class. Under Attributes, you will find your course delivery details.

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Log into WINGS
  2. Click the WINGS Express icon in the upper-right corner
  3. Click on Student and Financial Aid
  4. Click on Registration & Records
  5. Select Active Registration
  6. Click on the Course Title hyperlink to find their attribute

See the WINGS Express Registration Guide (PDF) for more information.


How to Search Classes by Course Delivery Attribute

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Log into WINGS
  2. Click the WINGS Express icon in the upper-right corner
  3. Click on Student and Financial Aid
  4. Click on Look Up Classes
  5. Select at least on Subject, Campus, and Part of Term (select ALL subjects to see all matching options)
  6. Select the Attribute Type for the mode of course delivery (Face-to-Face, Flexible Delivery, Fully Online)
  7. Click the Class Search button; additional details are available from the HELP link
  8. The returning course list will display the selected Attribute Type; for more details, click the course title link

See the WINGS Express Registration Guide (PDF) for more information.



In the Classroom

Classrooms are deep cleaned at least once per day by the cleaning staff. Cleaning solution, paper towels, and hand sanitizer are available in the classrooms. At the end of the class, all touched surfaces should be sanitzed thoroughly using provided cleaning supplies. Please call 937-775-4444 or email facilities@wright.edu if additional supplies are needed.

All students, faculty, staff, and visitors must wear face masks in campus buildings unless they have a documented accommodation from the Office of Disability Services. Faculty must wear a face covering while teaching. The university is following CDC recommendations, and those state that a face shield does not provide as much protection as a mask does. As such, face shields may not be used in place of a face mask.

If a student arrives without a face mask, politely ask them to wear one if they have one, ask other students if they have an extra clean mask for the student's use, direct them to a location where they can obtain a mask, or give them one if you have an extra. If a student refuses to wear a face covering properly, they will be asked to leave the class. If a student refuses to leave, we encourage faculty members to consider dismissing the class and notifying the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct at 937-775-4240 or studentconduct@wright.edu.

To maintain physical distancing, stickers will be placed on the floors outside of classrooms to help students know where to stand when waiting outside of the classroom. Please call 937-775-4444 or email facilities@wright.edu if additional signs or stickers are needed.

Inside the classroom, facilities staff have removed extra seats and rearranged the furniture to allow appropriate physical distancing. View the adjusted classroom capacities.

Some classroom and computer lab spaces across campus are reserved for open study areas. View locations and hours.

 


Study Spaces and Computer Labs

The Dunbar Library (view hours) has 30+ computer work stations, socially distanced seating, bookable quiet study rooms, and printing, scanning, and photocopying features. CaTS now offers the ability to access select labs remotely using a VPN connection. Additionally, the classrooms and labs listed below will be available for use across campus. Students will need to bring their own laptops to study spaces, however, there are computers available in the computer labs.

Computer Spaces       
Location Socially Distanced Seats Days Hours
026 Library Annex 10 M–F 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
ADA Lab Library Annex   8 M–F 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
005 Library Annex* 20 M–F 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
012 Library Annex 14 M–F 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
016 Library Annex 16 M–F 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
064 Rike Hall 14 M–F 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
Rike Hall/College of Business Lounge   4 Building-Specific Access  
Student Union Cyber Café 12 Building-Specific Access  
Hamilton Hall   6 Building-Specific Access  

*Closed periodically due to scheduled classes.

Student Success Center      
Location Socially Distanced Seats Days Hours
SC 009 64 M–F 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
SC 207 42 M–F 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
SC 005 36 M–F 8 a.m.–10 p.m.

Is Wright State going to drop the tuition price for my online classes?

Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has hit us all hard, Wright State remains committed to offering its students and families the same affordable, high-quality education as it always has. Wright State has never differentiated tuition pricing between in-person and online instruction. This was true before the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is still true today.

Among dozens of four-year universities and colleges in Ohio, Wright State’s in-state undergraduate tuition remains among the top five most affordable in the state.

Our faculty have spent the spring and summer engaging in extensive training opportunities related to the flexible delivery of instruction, deepening our already well-developed expertise in online and remote education. This has been part of the critical ongoing efforts university-wide, including upgrading classroom technology, which are essential for delivering a positive and productive learning experience for all Wright State students whether they are physically in the classroom or participating via remote instruction.

Whether students attend classes in-person or via remote learning, Wright State’s goal remains the same across all delivery methods: Provide students an affordable, high-quality education.