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Course Delivery and Instruction FAQs

Course Delivery

  • Will classes be delivered on campus or online in the spring? (updated 11/04/20)

    Classes on the McMinnville and Portland campuses will be offered in a mix of formats, including  in-person, hybrid (a mix of remote and in-person) and in a few cases online (web-based). Online and continuing education courses will continue normal operations online. 

  • Where can I find out how my class will be delivered (in-person, online, hybrid)? (updated 11/11/20)

    Students can find information on how each of their courses will be delivered in WebAdvisor. This information will only change based on the needs of the campus community to provide a safe learning environment for all. 

  • Do students have the option of taking courses online if they don’t feel comfortable returning to campus? (08/04/20)

    For some students, this may be an option. It depends upon a student’s major and the availability of online courses that fit their academic program. Students interested in exploring this option should contact the Academic Advising Office at advising@linfield.edu to begin this conversation. 

  • What happens if Linfield has to switch to only online courses? (updated 11/02/20)

    While it is Linfield’s goal to offer class in person throughout the year, the faculty are prepared to switch to a completely online format, if needed. Linfield’s faculty members continue to be trained on online teaching methods and technology, which should provide a seamless educational transition. 

  • If I take all of my classes remotely will my tuition and fees be reduced? (08/04/20)

    Linfield University offers students a well-rounded, residential liberal arts education. The educational experience offered here extends outside of the classroom and includes academic, health and student services such as tutoring, telecounseling, learning support, academic coaching, social events and more. The value of this whole education is part of your tuition and fees, regardless of where you are physically taking your classes. As such, tuition will not be discounted. 

  • Will there be some designated spaces on campus for students who commute to accommodate remote learning? (08/04/20)

    In addition to the many socially distanced workspaces in the Nicholson Library, the Riley Campus Center has a commuter lounge on the second floor. 

  • What happens if a professor gets diagnosed with COVID-19? Will my class be cancelled? (08/04/20)

    Even in a pre-coronavirus-world, faculty members have been sick and missed class. Linfield has existing policies in place to ensure students reach their academic goals. Depending on the severity of the faculty illness, this could include remote teaching or having the course taught by one or more other faculty members. 

Classroom Experience

  • What changes have been made to the classroom experience (updated 11/11/20)?

    The health, safety and continued education of Linfield students is at the forefront of all we do. Linfield has invested in personal protective equipment, adapted the campus environment and improved technology to help the Linfield community provide a space for students to learn. Some changes students will see in classes include: 

    • Most classes will have 25 or fewer students and all classes will assure safe physical distancing measures. 
    • Physical-distancing policies are in place. Please follow all posted signage.
    • Students may be asked to help disinfect tables and desks in instructional spaces before and/or after class.  
    • Group work can still continue, but will be limited and you will stay with the same small group members throughout your class. 
    • Faculty members will take attendance in classes to help with contact tracking efforts, if needed.  
  • I have a documented need for an accommodation. Who can I talk to about my concerns relating to changes in classroom instruction and accommodations? (07/17/20)

    Linfield is committed to provide reasonable accommodations for students that are experiencing documented medical barriers. Learning Support Services (LSS) is available to answer questions about student accommodations relating to:  

    • Class format 
    • Isolation and quarantine procedures 
    • Housing accommodations 
    • Mask policies 
    • CDC risk factors 
    • Academic accommodations related to COVID-19 

     

    As all accommodation decisions are determined on a case-by-case basis, it is best to communicate with LSS to discuss your individual situation. Please call to schedule an appointment at 503-883-2562 or email lss@linfield.edu. 

Teaching and Instruction

  • In what ways will my classroom instruction be different this year? (updated 10/19/20)

    Several approaches are recommended to mitigate risk and assist with information should contact tracking ever be needed. A full list of guidelines is available on the Academic Affairs COVID-19 resources page. Some of these changes include:    

    • Taking attendance. 
    • Creating and adhering to a seating chart. 
    • Avoiding rearranging classroom furniture (it has been setup to ensure physical distancing).  
    • Using Zoom for students to have small group meetings. 
    • If you are dividing the class into alternating groups for in-person sessions, keep the same group of students together and don't allow any one student to attend both sessions.  
    • Replacing physical handouts with electronic. 
    • Plan the last five minutes of class for wipe down and orderly dismissal (from closest to the door to farthest). Passing time between classes will allow for the disinfectant to work optimally.  
  • Am I able to invite guest speakers to campus? (08/20/20)

    All guest speakers need to be cleared through Academic Affairs. The presentation, regardless of location, would need to adhere to gathering limits and space capacities. Per the temporary policies, the event must be contained to only current students, faculty and staff. No non-Linfield community members may be invited to campus for the event. Whenever possible, guest speakers should be encouraged to participate virtually rather than come to campus. For more information on events on campus, review the Events and Conference Planning website. 

  • Where can I see a list of adjusted classroom occupancies? (08/20/20)

    25Live, the campus scheduling software, has been updated with maximum capacities that match physical distancing guidelines.  Please continue to use 25Live to make space reservations.   

  • Will the passing times between classes be adjusted to allow sufficient time for cleaning and disinfecting the room? (07/17/20)

    The disinfection and cleaning protocols require all classes to perform some cleaning and wipe down of their spaces at the start and conclusion of class. A best practice would be for each class to assign students to wipe down the tables/desks at the beginning of class then upon the conclusion of class spray down the utilized surfaces with the disinfectant and let it sit for the passing time, which would allow for the proper “kill time”. Due to the reduction in class capacities, it is unlikely that Linfield will be able to increase passing times for classes.