Five modalities of study will be offered to allow for interactivity and flexibility, both for students and faculty.
By Integrated Communications
Ahead of the start of the 2020-2021 Academic Year, the president of Sagrado Corazón University, Gilberto Marxuach Torrós, announced the five modalities of study that will be implemented in the institution due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The plan we have designed has two priorities: offering our students interactive and flexible options to continue with their study objectives and, at the same time, protecting the health of our students, faculty, and administrative staff when classes begin on Tuesday, August 18, 2020,” said Marxuach Torrós.
The academic courses were classified into the following modalities:
1. Flexible Face-to-Face (PF, Spanish acronym): The course is offered from the classroom and will be transmitted simultaneously via videoconference (Zoom). The professor will rotate the students who will be able to attend in person each week, since the number of students per room was adapted to comply with social distance regulations. If a student has a preference or there is a situation that prevents him/her from attending class in person, the course can be taken by videoconference after prior agreement, and there is always the option to see the recording.
2. Videoconference (VC): The class is taught 100% via Zoom.
3. Flexible Hybrid (HF, Spanish acronym): 50% of the course is offered in the Flexible Face-to-Face (PF) modality and 50% is offered online through the mi.sagrado.edu portal.
4. Virtual Hybrid (HV, Spanish acronym): The class is taught 50% via videoconference (Zoom) and 50% online through the mi.sagrado.edu portal.
5. Totally Online (TL, Spanish acronym): The course is offered completely online through the mi.sagrado.edu portal.
“Two of the modalities contemplate face-to-face sessions on campus. This face-to-face experience is the learning modality that best promotes our educational mission and is preferred by students and faculty whenever conditions allow. The other three modalities are mainly online and were designed with interactive components that facilitate the learning dynamics between professors and their students,” President Marxuach said.
In addition, he explained that each course will be identified in the student’s class schedule with one of the five codes that indicates the modality in which it will be offered. Students will be able to verify the modality of their courses on the mi.sagrado.edu portal.
All modalities are designed to continue via videoconference or online in the event that it is necessary to close campus.
Marxuach Torrós highlighted that the university has implemented the sanitation measures required by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Some of these are:
- Security personnel will take the temperature of those who access campus.
- Every person on campus must wear a mask and maintain social distance at all times.
- There will be hand sanitizer stations at the entrance to buildings and classrooms.
- Classrooms will be disinfected after each use.
- Each room will have the capacity to accommodate only the number of people allowed by social distance rules (6 feet).
- Transit routes on campus were defined.
If you have questions about the teaching modalities, call 939-545-1051, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can find more information in the email sent to your Sagrado account and on our website, https://www.sagrado.edu/sagradovirtual/.