“In an In-Person class, all required class meetings occur on campus, during scheduled class meeting times. Contact includes instruction, learning activities, and interactions (both student-student and student-instructor). An In-Person class where the material is provided online, via a learning management system or website, does not displace any of the required contact hours that would normally occur in a scheduled In-Person class. Assignment deadlines and exam days/times are maintained and included on the class syllabus. All In-Person class meeting days/times must be listed in the schedule of classes.” 

– CUNY definition

Best Practices for In-Person Course Design

Teaching In-Person During Pandemic

Following the safety protocols that include sanitation, social distancing, and facemasks put in place to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, we hope that we witness fewer disruptions in teaching in-person courses. However, it also could be possible that some students in your class are unable to attend your in-person class. That is why instructors should devise continuity plans and assure that students who unfortunately contract COVID-19 or must quarantine can participate in the class.

The tips below may increase the flexibility of your in-person instruction and prepare you for a rapidly changing situation.

  • Record your lessons using Bb Collaborate Ultra, Zoom, or Panopto in case you have to quickly adjust to the online modality. 
  • Manage your course on Blackboard even if you teach in person. Having class materials, assignments, written instructions, announcements, and feedback in one place helps students get organized and on top of their to-do lists. 
  • Encourage your students to contribute to building the class community by creating digital content (e.g., ePortfolios) that can they easily share with their classmates, even in the in-person course. 

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