Teaching & Learning
Our close relationships and meaningful, rigorous learning experiences will continue through a combination of in-person and remote teaching and learning in the fall.
What to expect
You’ll have some classes in person and some online. Some courses will be a hybrid of both. You’ll see desks set apart, fewer people in each space, and lots of regular sanitizing of common surfaces. Larger classes may rotate subsets of students through the classroom or lab to reduce density. Advising, office hours, and other student support will be available online to everyone. And everyone will be expected to follow a set of protective practices in class and out.
Faculty continue to spend their summer months attending workshops, collaborating with each other, and redesigning your courses to bring new flexibility to the academic rigor and engaging learning opportunities that are hallmarks of taking a class at Beloit.
We hope all of our students will be on campus this fall and especially our new first-years. Entering college this year will certainly be different. We want to welcome you with open air hugs and get you started building a community of life-long friends and participating in the engaging learning experiences that make Beloit, well, Beloit.
For all of our sophomores, juniors, and seniors, whether you are back on campus or participating at a distance, we cannot wait to see you again. All of us are committed to helping you to continue to thrive in your classes and connect with your classmates. Always and forever, turtles all the way down.
Mods: Shorter terms, fewer classes
We’re kicking off the fall with a new modular approach: instead of taking 4+ classes at the same time, you’ll just focus on two* over a seven-week term. With the fall and spring split into two terms, the Mods structure allows you the freedom to focus and dive deeply into fewer subjects.
* Yes, you can take more than two (talk to your advisor).
If you have concerns about eligibility for accommodations as you take in-person or virtual classes this fall, rest assured that the staff in the LEADS office, your academic advisor, and your professors will work with you.
The first Mod will begin on Tuesday, September 1, and will end on Saturday, October 17.
We will forego mid-semester break, and the second Mod courses will begin on Monday, October 19. In-person instruction will end for the second Mod on Tuesday, November 24 before Thanksgiving break, which will be from Wednesday, November 25 through Sunday, November 29.
The final week of coursework after Thanksgiving, and final exams, will be conducted remotely. Students who are on campus may stay through Thanksgiving break and the end of the fall semester if they wish. It’s your choice. On-campus housing and support services will continue through December 9th. Students who choose to depart campus at Thanksgiving will be required to complete the remainder of the semester, including finals, at home.
Need to stay home? No problem.
Whether your home is off-campus or on, we are instituting flexible class attendance policies to accommodate students missing class due to illness, self-quarantine, and/or isolation.
Though we expect the majority of students will be on campus, if you are unable to return to Beloit you will be able to make progress toward your degree. Contact your academic advisor to discuss your situation.
What if things change?
Our focus from the beginning has been on developing a plan that helps us change when needed. If local, national, or global conditions necessitate, we will be ready to shift to remote teaching and learning.
The Academic Affairs Teaching and Learning site provides teaching resources and other support for faculty as they transition to this new environment.