Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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Hybrid Model for Teaching and Learning

Beginning August 31, Carnegie Mellon will offer a hybrid model of teaching and learning that will maximize flexibility, accessibility and, most importantly, quality, creativity and innovation.

At the course level, this means we will be offering both in-person and remote instruction for as many of our courses as possible.

We know that some members of our community will be unable to return to campus due to travel restrictions, visa problems or health concerns and thus will not be able to attend or conduct classes in person.

We also know that in order to meet the health and safety standards adopted by the university in compliance with guidance from national, state and local health officials, campus will need to be less dense to support physical distancing requirements.

Academic Calendar and Course Schedule

All courses after Thanksgiving will be taught remotely to mitigate any inherent risk in return travel following the traditional winter recess.

Effective August 31, the first classes of the day will begin at 8 a.m. with 30-minute breaks between classes held on campus.

This schedule represents a “stretching” of the day’s class times and involves remapping each originally assigned timeslot. We will work with department heads and the university registrar to minimize the number of courses in the later time slots where possible.

No course section with an enrollment over 38 students will be offered in-person (although, some may offer an in-person rotation). Class attendance will be limited to 40 people (i.e., 38 students, one instructor and one teaching assistant).

Smaller recitation sections and meeting groups already scheduled for the course will still be accommodated to supplement the remote lecture.

Courses with enrollments at or under the current guidelines for gathering sizes will be provided a room assignment that accommodates physical distancing. While the gathering limit currently defined by the Commonwealth is 25 people, instruction will be permitted for larger numbers as long as physical distancing can be accommodated.

If a course is to be taught in-person in the fall in an assigned classroom, it must also afford instruction to those who are remote.

Courses that are being offered and taught in-person and remote modes will have a backup plan for remote-only instruction.

Course Development Support and learning spaces Infrastructure Investment

The Eberly Center has prepared a range of resources and support, including access to a new menu of tested tools, techniques and syllabi resources. These resources include updates for syllabus statements and preparations for hybrid and remote teaching.

Additional technology was installed throughout campus over the summer, including installation of new standard minimum video and microphone capability in all registrar and key departmental classrooms and enhanced video capability in select specialized rooms.