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Understanding Fall 2020 Instruction Types

All credit classes during the Fall 2020 Semester will be taught primarily in a virtual environment. There will be differences, however, in how CSM’s various course offerings will be presented.

This page will help you understand what you can expect from your classes and will guide you in making informed decisions as to which course sections are right for you.

Each course section offered during the Fall 2020 Semester falls into one of three categories, based on its teaching and learning methods

Illustration of student watching a video on a computerIllustration of students talking on a computer via video conferencingIllustration of student on a computer and on campus

What do these terms mean?

Web-based courses take place completely in a virtual environment, with no set or required meeting days or times. 

CSM has offered these classes for years, but now they are listed with a location of “Virtual Campus.” Each term has a start and end date, but these classes do not have regularly scheduled dates and times for students to log in. 

Real-Time Technology (RTT) courses take place in a virtual environment, with scheduled meeting days and times for live lectures and class activities. 

The campus location may be either a specific physical campus (La Plata, Leonardtown, Prince Frederick, or Regional Hughesville) or the new "Virtual Campus."

Hybrid courses combine distance learning and in-person instruction. Some on-campus instruction or activity is mandatory* for these courses, in order to meet requirements that can’t be fulfilled remotely. 

Hybrid courses have physical campus locations for the on-campus component; have start and end dates; and have specific meeting days and times.

Will students be meeting on campus?

No, all classes will be in a virtual environment.

Maybe, depending on college's operational status. 

RTT classes that have a physical campus designation will begin in the virtual environment and may move to in-person classes at the listed location, if the college enacts its return-to-campus procedures.

RTT courses with a location of “Virtual Campus” will be held in a virtual environment for the entire duration of the course.

Yes, some on-campus instruction or activity is mandatory* for these courses, in order to meet requirements that can’t be fulfilled remotely.

Are there scheduled class meeting times?

No, these classes do not have regularly scheduled dates and times for students to log in. 

Yes, classes have specific meeting days and times where you can expect to login to your computer to interact with your instructor and/or other students.

Yes, classes have specific meeting days and times where you can expect to come to campus or login to your computer to interact with your instructor and/or other students.

How will these classes appear in Online Services?

Instruction Type:
Web-Based

Location:
Virtual Campus

Schedule:
No meeting days or times

Instruction Type
Real-Time Technology

Location:
"Virtual Campus" or a CSM Campus location 

Schedule:
Specific meeting days and times (Example MW 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM)

Instruction Type
Hybrid

Location:
A CSM Campus location

Schedule:
Specific meeting days and times (Example MW 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM)

*The health and well-being of the CSM community is our highest priority. Strict and rigorous safety measures will be taken to protect students and employees. Accommodations will be made for students and employees for whom return to campus is not appropriate.

Fall Semester Dates

Register now for the Fall 2020 Semester. Our new 3-week sessions offer even more options to catch up, get ahead, or branch out in your education. Make sure to register soon to get the classes and schedule you want. 

  • 15-week Session: August 26 – December 14
  • 7-week Session I: August 26 – October 19
  • 7-week Session II: October 20 – December 14
  • 3-week Session I: September 28 – October 17
  • 3-week Session II: October 19 – November 7

See How the Sessions Compare