ASU students can now check their MyASU page to see what classes they can attend in-person or through ASUSync using Zoom during the fall semester.
This next semester, ASU is offering classes in three learning modalities: in-person, ASUSync, which allows students to attend remotely through Zoom, and iCourses.
Under students' "My Classes" tab in MyASU, comments in grey to the right of the course name show whether they are offered through both in-person instruction and ASUSync or if they will be offered solely on-campus.
Classes offered only in-person only will also appear in the grey comments but say "In-Person" rather than "ASUSync/In-Person." Classes with no grey comments are either iCourses or do not have a professor assigned to the course at this time and will be updated before the semester begins.
"As course decisions are being finalized in the weeks to come, the modality in which they will be taught will be added to My ASU. Students should continue to check back in their My ASU as more course decisions are made in the coming weeks," a University spokesperson said.
Most classes will be offered through a combination of In-Person and ASU Sync.
According to the "ASU Sync for Students" page, all on-campus classes will be offered through the two modalities "unless otherwise noted."
According to a University spokesperson, ASU is offering over 14,000 classes this fall, with only a few hundred not being offered through ASU Sync. The exact list of courses offered only through in-person classes is still being determined, they added.
"Because of changing circumstances and the need for flexibility, students will be able to use various learning environments," the spokesperson said. "Many classes this fall will be a blend of in-person and ASU Sync classes, where students will be in person on some days and will learn from live lectures in a Zoom setting on other days."
The University has often used the example that for a Tuesday and Thursday class, half can attend in-person and the other half will attend through Zoom by ASU Sync, with the two groups alternating their modalities the next time class is held.
The University spokesperson said that students who wish to attend solely through ASU Sync due to health concerns or travel restrictions should contact their professors before the semester and inform them of their decision.
"ASU Sync will allow the university to enable social distancing measures in classrooms by providing in-person instruction for some students, while others interact virtually, but live," the spokesperson said. "ASU Sync will allow students to stay on track with their classes if they plan on arriving to campus later in the semester, or if they need to leave campus during the semester for situations like illness or other health concerns."
Once the semester begins, students will be able to attend their classes by Zoom through their MyASU page where they can click a button to attend remotely.
To attend remotely, the University recommends the use of a "PC or Apple laptop or desktop equipped with a built-in or standalone webcam" and a stable internet connection "that can effectively stream live broadcasts."
ASU Library will allow students to check-out laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots for those who do not have access to a computer or a reliable internet connection so they can attend remotely.
Wyatt Myskow is the project manager at The State Press, where he oversees enterprise stories for the publication. He also works at The Arizona Republic, where he covers the cities of Peoria and Surprise.