Understanding Class Formats

Understanding Class Formats and Schedules

As part of the ongoing response to COVID-19,  SUNY Cortland has sought to provide various course formats to meet the needs of the campus community. The following guide is designed to help students understand the schedule display in myRedDragon, as well as provide some information about the course formats.

  • Student Course Schedule - Refers to the individual course schedule for a specific student.  This can be viewed at any time by students in myRedDragon. Faculty and advisors can also review student schedules using the advising tools in myRedDragon.

  • Schedule of Classes - Refers to the public SUNY Cortland course listings. This can be accessed by students, faculty, staff and the public using this public link.

  • Schedule Builder - Schedule builder is an optionally used online course schedule tool that students may use to generate multiple schedules and register. Students may access the Scheduler Builder link in myRedDragon.

Your myRedDragon Student Course Schedule 

Students can view their current course schedules in myRedDragon at any time. Prior to the start of the semester, students are advised to review their schedule, be aware of meeting locations, and make note of any changes to schedule details.  In addition to viewing the basic information in your personalized schedule, students are also encouraged to review the information in the public class schedule, which includes text information as well as additional course notes and requirements.

Accessing the Student Course Schedule

  1. Launch your web browser and navigate to myRedDragon (https://myreddragon.cortland.edu).

  2. Click on the Student Tab. 

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  3. Select Basic Schedule under the Schedule and Registration heading in the Registrar channel.

Spring 2021 Student Course Schedule Information

The course schedule lists basic information you need to know about courses.  This includes the CRN, course number, title, grade mode, meeting times, locations and the course instructor.  Please make note of the following critical items, and review the course format information, also on this page.

  • Days and Times: When days and times are listed, this is the required class meeting time of the course.  If listed, you will be expected to meet with the class, whether the course is online or in person.  

  • Location: The schedule identifies the classroom building and room, or lists a code for online instruction.
     
    • If a course lists a campus building, it is an in-person section or a hybrid/blended course with scheduled meetings. Hybrid courses have "HYBR"  in the title, and blended courses have "BLEN" in the title.

    • If a course location is listed as "Online (Web-Based) Course (COMP)" it will be a synchronous online class that meets online in real time. (These courses will also have "WEB" in the title.) A typical example of a synchronous online course displayed on a student schedule is below:

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    • If a course location is listed as "ASYNCH - Asynchronous Online Course" it is an asynchronous online class that does not have a regular weekly or daily meeting. (These courses will also have "WEB" in the title.) A typical example of an asynchronous online course displayed on a student schedule is below:

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Reading the Schedule of Classes

The information below provides detailed information about course formats and describes how they are listed publicly. Students are advised to make note of the formats for each of their classes.

In-Person Courses

Seating capacity of all rooms has been significantly reduced, with the vast majority of spaces accommodating between 20% and 50% of the normal number of seats. All instructional spaces too small to accommodate academic activities while maintaining physical distance protocols have been closed. Large spaces not previously used for regular classes, such as Jacobus Lounge, have been brought online as instructional spaces. Seats are placed within a 96-inch diameter circle with 7-10 feet of teaching zones in front of them in instructional spaces.

Due to the reduced classroom capacity, students in courses may be required to meet with the faculty in smaller groups on different days, or courses may be modified in other ways. Individual faculty members are able to determine how courses and smaller groups will meet where room capacity is limited.  Please review the course syllabus and Blackboard site for additional information when they become available to determine if there are modified meeting days and times.

Related: SUNY Cortland Building Codes

Online Courses (Synchronous and Asynchronous) 

Online courses are sections that are completely online that do not have a face-to-face component. Students will be able to participate in these courses online from virtually any location. Each faculty member has the ability to craft online courses to match their subject matter, course requirements, learning outcomes and teaching styles.  Online courses are officially designated as either synchronous or asynchronous.

Synchronous Online Courses

Synchronous courses are courses where all students and the instructor meet online at the same time.  Most commonly, a synchronous class will be a live class or lecture that is streamed to students over the web in real time. At SUNY Cortland synchronous courses occur at pre-determined days and times which are published on the course schedule.  
Synchronous Courses

Students participating in synchronous courses will be required to meet online at the day and times scheduled.  In addition, students will be expected to prepare for the course in the same way they would prepare for an in-person course.  This may include completing assigned readings, coming prepared for a discussion or actively participating in a discussion. Course instructors provide students with the attendance policies and course expectations in the course syllabus.

At SUNY Cortland, online courses are generally required to be structured as synchronous courses, and online courses are synchronous in nature unless they are explicitly labeled as asynchronous

Asynchronous Online Courses

Asynchronous courses do not require students to meet online with an instructor at predefined class meeting times on a weekly basis.  In asynchronous courses, instructors may provide reading materials, recorded lectures, videos, activities, quizzes and assignments online in advance or in a timed release, or use learning modules and group exercises.  Students are expected to be actively engaged with the materials, the instructor and with their peers. Asynchronous courses will usually still require online meetings with groups and/or the instructor.  Instructors may structure asynchronous courses in various ways. Students are advised to review the course syllabus and/or Blackboard for class expectations and meeting times.

Asynchronous online courses are exceptional course formats that are not as common as synchronous online courses. Asynchronous courses are identified in the schedule with an "ASYNCH - Asynchronous Instruction" location, and the courses will not include scheduled days and times. 
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Finding Courses on the Schedule of Classes

Students will be able to filter the online course schedule to show synchronous versus asynchronous courses.  To do so, simply select the appropriate attribute on the public schedule of classes, as shown below.

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Traditional Hybrid Courses

Hybrid courses are courses that have weekly scheduled meetings, and also meet online.  Hybrid courses will meet once or twice weekly at a scheduled time with all students. The location and days and times will be published on the course schedule.  The remaining weekly class times are completed online with all students.  Instructors will establish the course format for the in-person and online components. Students participating in hybrid courses will be expected to meet at specific days and times in-person, while also meeting the instructor's online meeting requirements.  

Hybrid courses adhere to a specific format, where the entire class participates in the in-person and hybrid activities.  During Spring 2021, classes that meet on a rotation are considered face-to-face courses - not hybrid courses - since faculty teaching models and attendance patterns may differ. Traditional hybrid courses include a HYBR designation on the course in the public schedule of classes.

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Traditional Blended Courses

Blended courses are courses that meet predominately online, but also have occasional face-to-face meetings that are scheduled in advance.  These meeting do not follow a specific time or day pattern, and meeting dates and times are determined by the course instructor. Traditional blended courses include a BL designation on the course in the public schedule of classes.

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Schedule Builder

The Schedule Builder allows students to search for courses by using the same attributes that are used in the public schedule. The following steps may be used to search for course formats.

  1. On the builder home page, click "Add Course".

  2. Click the "Other Class Attributes" tab on the search page.

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  3. In the attribute drop-down menu, you may select "Online and In-Class Delivery" (Hybrid),  "Online Asynchronous", "On-Line course delivery" (shows all web-based courses) and "Online Synchronous".

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