Learning Options for Fall 2020 Semester

In response to the impact of COVID-19, classes at Community College of Denver (CCD) have been restructured to maintain high quality and safety. Our faculty have received training to fully utilize our online learning platforms to provide you with the best experience while learning remotely. 

For all courses that require in-person class meetings, students must consistently follow proper health protocols for attendance: wear face masks, complete screening questionnaires, self-monitor for symptoms, and comply with social distancing while on campus and in classrooms. If additional personal protective equipment (PPE) is required for your course, your instructor will discuss these requirements with you. 

Please read these class descriptions and definitions carefully so you can understand which course delivery options maybe work best for you for the fall 2020 semester. 

Most fall 2020 classes at CCD will be taught entirely online, using web conferencing platforms, like WebEx, Zoom, or Microsoft Teams. We have three types of remote classes created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: 

Remote Synchronous (SYNC)

Our traditional in-person courses have been redesigned to be offered using a combination of web conferences during the regularly scheduled class meeting times and additional online activities. You will meet with your instructor and classmates during class time using WebEx, Zoom, or Microsoft Teams. Course content will also be available and accessed through Desire2Learn (D2L), including specific due dates for assignments, quizzes and/or exams. If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled class sessions, a recording of the class will be in D2L. 

An example of this would be that you get your assignments and readings from D2L during the week, just like you would receive homework in a traditional class. Then you attend a scheduled WebEx conference with your classmates twice a week, where you may listen to a lecture from your professor, engage in discussion with the whole class or small groups within your class, or work on specific assignments and projects in real-time. 

Remote Asynchronous (ASYNC)

Our traditional in-person courses have been redesigned to be offered using mostly online activities with optional sessions for web conferencing with your instructor and/or your classmates. You can meet with your instructor remotely as needed, but few, if any, web conference meetings will be scheduled throughout the semester. Course content will be available and accessed through D2L, including specific due dates for assignments, quizzes and/or exams. 

An example of this would be that you have readings and videos posted each week, as well as assignments due at specific times. For instance, every week you must post an initial response to a discussion topic in D2L by Tuesday and then reply to three of your fellow classmates by Friday. Every other week you have a quiz in D2L that opens for you on Thursday and must be completed by Sunday. You also have a major essay due by the end of the semester which requires you to meet with your professor virtually during office hours or by appointment. If you need help throughout the semester, you can set up a meeting with your professor on Webex or Zoom. 

Combination of Remote and In-Person (HYFLEX)

Each class session is held both in-person and remotely. Each class will be divided into two groups, and the groups will alternate between attending in-person and attending remotely. The in-person classes will be live-streamed via video conference so that the remote group will still be able to participate. Attendance of in-person class sessions is strongly encouraged but is not required, as each class session will also be recorded and uploaded on D2L.  

All course content will be available online through D2L, including specific assignments with due dates, attendance expectations, and course-specific rules. Assignments and due dates are the same for both groups and if you cannot attend an in-person class, you can attend virtually via web conference.  

An example is a class where the enrolled students are divided into two groups of 10 students each. On Tuesdays, Group A attends the class in-person while Group B attends virtually via web conference. On Thursdays, Group B attends in-person while Group A attends virtually via web conference. If you cannot attend the in-person class on your scheduled day, you can either attend remotely or watch the recording of the lecture that will be posted on D2L. 

CCD will continue to offer on-campus classes, hybrid classes, and traditional online classes. On-campus and hybrid classes will be offered in a very limited capacity only for courses that demand in-person instruction, such as welding, machining, drawing, and some science labs and practicums. CCD’s online courses are not as impacted by the restrictions associated with the pandemic, so we will continue to offer nearly 500 online courses as an option for students. 

In-Person Classes  

Attendance at in-person class sessions will be required according to class policies. There will be changes made to the schedule to address social distancing requirements, either through reduced enrollment or by varying/staggering the required in-person meeting times. It is recommended that you reach out to the department and/or faculty member for specific information about how an in-person class will run during the semester. 

Hybrid 

Attendance of in-person class sessions will be required, but the number of in-person class meetings is reduced. These classes have regularly scheduled in-person meeting times and have 30-70 percent of the course material delivered online. Course content will be available and accessed through D2L, including specific due dates for assignments, quizzes and/or exams. Like in-person classes, there will be changes made to the schedule to address social distancing requirements, either through reduced enrollment in the class or by varying the required in-person meeting times. It is recommended that you reach out to the department and/or faculty member for specific information about how an in-person class will run during the semester. 

CCD Online Courses

There are no scheduled meeting days or times online, but course content will be available and accessed through D2L, including specific due dates for assignments, quizzes and/or exams. You can expect to be online four or five days a week to complete the assigned work and stay up to date with the class. However, you can do that when it fits your schedule.

Log into CCD Connect and check your schedule. Remember, for most students the first week of classes will be remote. Starting Monday, August 24 your classes will meet in one of the various learning formats:

COURSE LEARNING FORMAT CODE LISTED UNDER "LOCATION" ON YOUR COURSE SCHEDULE
Remote Synchronous will combine online instruction with regularly scheduled web conference meetings.  DALTLR SYNC 
Remote Asynchronous will have mostly online instruction with few, if any, web conference meetings.  DALTR ASYNC
HYFLEX courses will combine in-person and remote instruction by live-streaming all in-person classes so that alternating groups of students will attend on-campus or attend remotely via web conference meetings.  DALTLR HYFLEX 
DALTL1 HYFLEX 
DALTL2 HYFLEX 
Traditional online classes will run normally.  DD2l CCDONLINE 
DCON CCCONLINE 
Traditional in-person and hybrid classes will run for classes that cannot be conducted remotely, such as Machining, Welding, and some science classes. These classes will have some variations and limitations in how they meet so you should reach out to the specific department or instructor for details.  Specific Building Code & Room Number (i.e. DCNF213 = Confluence 213) 

If you don’t see the code listed under “LOCATION” from your schedule above, please reference the building code and course abbreviation list for the exact location.