Updated: 3/16/2020 – 3:30 p.m.
NYU classes are being conducted remotely for the remainder of the spring semester. Effective March 22, all residence halls and nearly all dining facilities will be closed.
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No, but NYU has transitioned to remote instruction at its campuses and sites. Student residence halls will be closed as of March 22.
“Social distancing”—staying at a distance from other people—is a universal recommendation for reducing the spread of COVID-19. Given the rise of confirmed infections in New York City, and the members of our own community in self-quarantine after exposure, we are removing the largest source of required social gathering for our students and faculty, our classes.
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If you do not have the technology needed to learn and study remotely, please contact the Office of Student Success at email@example.com. A team member will be in touch to explore options.
Students will be contacted by their faculty instructors on how to proceed with online learning, and policies regarding midterms and other coursework will be determined on a class-by-class basis.
Faculty, deans, and administrators have made provisional plans for this eventuality and are working hard to ensure the smoothest possible transition.
Clinical hours for nursing students are currently canceled. For all other degrees with a clinical or on-site internship component, please contact your professor or school student affairs representative.
We anticipate that students will be able to begin their Fall semester studies on time. The safety of our students is of utmost importance and, should the need arise, we are prepared to make the necessary adjustments to ensure the continuity of the student experience.
NYU is continuously monitoring developments around COVID-19 and adjusting University operations accordingly. We anticipate that summer programs will move forward as planned. However, we will provide updates should there be any changes.
NYU has expanded resources to help students, faculty, and administrators work and meet remotely. For more information, visit the NYU Remote Instruction Support page.
There is no one way to shift to remote instruction. Faculty remain in charge of instruction, even in these unusual circumstances, and you will decide the best way to maintain as much continuity as you can with the educational goals of your class. Just as with in-person classes, you will balance class time between lecturing vs. student interaction, and between live instruction and assignments students complete on their own time. Remote instruction allows for different configurations of those options—e.g., you can pre-record lectures and students can have class conversation that spreads over several days—but doesn’t change the overall goals for your class.
Remote instruction simply means that the faculty and students are not gathered in a single place. It does not create any requirement for using any particular tools. The one constraint is that where you do use video or audio conferencing for the whole class, start at the scheduled start time for your class.
No. To the degree that you have live elements of your remote class—video or audio conferencing, etc.—the only way to keep from having schedule collisions is to stick to the scheduled time for your course. If you shift to less live interaction, and more interaction on the students' own time, you should have the live portion begin at your course’s start time.
Your school should have an instructional technologist, who is there to help faculty with adaptations like this. However, because of the scale of this move, extended periods of individual attention are going to be impossible. Expect the IT personnel in your school to direct you to resources for adapting your class.
In addition, the Teaching and Learning with Technology team at NYU maintains a guide to tools and techniques for remote instruction.
NYU Shanghai, which has already been doing remote instruction for several weeks, has produced an interesting set of case studies from faculty about their transition to remote instruction.
NY State uses “contact hours” as a measure of course credit: a contact hour is roughly one hour of class time and two additional hours of work outside of class. However, they also recognize that remote instruction does not work the same way that in-person courses do. The NY State Department of Education offers the following guidance:
Regardless of the delivery method or the particular learning activities employed, the amount of learning time in any college course should meet the requirements of Commissioner's Regulation Section 50.1 (o), a total of 45 hours for one semester credit (in conventional classroom education this breaks down into 15 hours of instruction plus 30 hours of student work/study out of class.)
The total time spent on these tasks should be roughly equal to that spent on comparable tasks in a classroom-based course.
—NYSED Distance Education Policies for Time on Task
So long as you are asking students to do comparable tasks—listening to lectures, asking questions, engaging in discussion, producing work—the tasks can be done live or on the students’ own time (as with watching pre-recorded videos, or having a discussion on a bulletin board or via email.)
No. NYU has not made a site-wide choice of online proctoring services, having left that choice to individual schools. Your school may have such a contract, with either ProctoU or Examity, but in recent conversations with them, they are expressing skepticism about even being able to meet the needs of their existing clients, and are not adding new clients.
The two obvious modifications to high-stakes testing are:
The decision to move to remote instruction was not taken for academic reasons, and there are no academic exemptions. Starting March 11th, we cannot require students to gather for class, period.
Many classes rely on some on-campus resources, and those aspects of your class will have to be adapted, possibly using online tools related to your field, or replaced with work more amenable to remote instruction.
Some students may return home to time zones far off from Eastern Daylight Time. If these students cannot consistently attend the live portion of your class, you can record that portion of the class (using Zoom’s record feature, or any other video or audio recording setup you have) and share the recording with those students by uploading it to NYU Stream, or emailing the recording to them.
You are in the best position to decide how to balance live work vs. assignments students can complete on their own time. You may have 100% live sessions that meet exactly when your class meets. You may move to 100% asynchronous assignments, so long as you continue to interact with students via comments and feedback.
In general we recommend a mix of live and asynchronous, but the choice of balance is yours.