Over the last several months, University of Chicago Professional Education has been closely monitoring the evolving impacts of COVID-19 on our campus and global communities. Leaders from all areas of the University were engaged to serve on committees dedicated to the design and implementation of safe and effective academic scenarios for Autumn Quarter 2020. The recommendations developed by these committees are actively being tested and are informed by guidance from public health officials and the University of Chicago Medicine.
In accordance with these new practices and policies, University of Chicago Professional Education has developed a hybrid framework for enhanced remote learning and low-density in-person engagement. This approach prioritizes the safety of our students and instructors, academic impact, and community while providing an agile learning model for Autumn 2020 and beyond.
Professional master’s programs will be offered remotely with optional hybrid learning opportunities as circumstances allow. Due to the highly interactive nature of our classes, remote class sessions will include synchronous (real-time) engagement with instructors and other students as well as some asynchronous experiences (such as recorded lectures). Any in-person activities will be offered in a hybrid/flexible (hyflex) model, meaning that students will have the choice to participate in real-time, either in-person or remotely. These hyflex learning opportunities may take the form of group projects, workshops, or social activities. In addition, we will be offering remote engagement opportunities outside of class, including career networking events, co-curricular activities, and office hours with instructors and staff. This means all students will benefit from the same rich experience.
Autumn quarter will begin as scheduled on September 29. Throughout July and August, the structure and delivery of our approach will be refined and solidified. During this time, we are committed to providing frequent updates, guidance, and interaction. Our teaching and learning resource page will serve as a central source for information, including FAQs, videos, and other forms of communication. In the coming weeks we will provide comprehensive responses to anticipated inquiries, including visa and travel questions, and further details on our remote learning capabilities and optional in-person offerings. We encourage you to review all University-related updates on the University’s resumption of campus activities website and COVID-19 website.
We understand that there has been much uncertainty these last few months—for our campus community and the world at large—and we are grateful for your continued support and patience as we navigate current events. As a community, we are committed to minimizing the spread of COVID-19 and maintaining public safety precautions while providing you with the transformative education that defines the University of Chicago experience.