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Instructional Strategy

A limited number of undergraduate and graduate courses meeting certain instructional criteria may be authorized to be offered in-person and would require compliance with strict guidelines for health and safety of faculty, staff, students, and the entire UMBC community in order to be implemented. The instructional criteria utilized will be:


  • Courses required for the major that can only be taught in-person, either fully or partially, to ensure continuity toward academic progression and degree completion. These include but are not limited to:
    • Courses that require special spaces, facilities/equipment, or pedagogy that cannot be reproduced in an online environment;
    • Courses for students who need to complete a research project or creative activity by doing in-person work;
    • Thesis research undertaken by graduate students that can only be performed on campus, consistent with the research re-launching plan (see research section); and
    • Courses with final lab/project/creative activity components wherein a prototype or an artistic creation must be produced on campus and in person to achieve learning outcomes and such learning outcomes cannot be achieved by any other means.
  • Courses designed to build a tangible connection between new students and the campus.

Faculty Resources and Training

Given that the majority of classes taught in the fall will use an online modality, we are taking steps to provide the appropriate resources and training for our faculty to support the success of our students in a virtual environment.

In addition to the resources available prior to COVID-19, we have developed and are offering faculty additional training. The new PIVOT program was piloted in May and will be rapidly adapted to provide self-paced training as well as a cohort-based, peer-group model to be offered during the summer by each college. This is a collaboration between the Faculty Development Center, the Division of Information Technology, and our colleges.

Academic Success Center

We will continue to support the success and progression of our students through the Academic Success Center and case management activities that are coordinated by the Center, as well as through our academic advisors, student advocates, and academic analytics as adapted during our transition to distance learning.