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Why did you tell us you were going to return to normal and yet move so many classes online?

Our goal has always been to restart operations and provide a robust residential experience for our students. During a still fluid pandemic, we must be flexible to ensure both that residential experience and the health, safety and well-being of everyone in our community. A mix of class formats—in-person, online and a blend of those formats in hybrid courses—gives us the opportunity to provide an outstanding educational experience while keeping everyone involved safe. We are working to ensure that every new first-year student will have the opportunity for at least some in-person instruction this fall. At the same time, the residential experience offers value that goes beyond the classroom, from living learning communities to tutoring and other resources.

If the majority or all of my classes are online, why am I paying out of state tuition?

A non-resident student will be billed the online tuition rate, which is the same for resident and non-resident students, for fully online courses. The University recently capped tuition and mandatory fees so that a student under no circumstances will pay above the approved tuition rate, irrespective of the mix of online, hybrid or in-person classes. That means most non-resident students enrolled in fully online courses will pay less than the cap because of the differential rate in tuition.  

Can you explain the various class instruction delivery descriptions?

Traditional

myUK Course Catalog Description - In-Person

In-person courses are primarily held face-to-face on the main University of Kentucky campus.

Distance Learning - Internet, web-based

myUK Course Catalog Description - Fully Online

Online meetings are held fully online and do not require any in-person attendance.

Distance Learning - Hybrid

myUK Course Catalog Description - Hybrid

Hybrid courses have a blend of in-person and online instruction. They may include “alternating attendance” models (where different subsets of students attend in-person on different days), “flipped classrooms” (where students meet for working problems or discussions) and other models mixing in-person and online instruction.

Distance Learning - Compressed Video

myUK Course Catalog Description - Simulcast

Simulcast meetings are broadcast live to and from an in-person meeting to designated remote locations.

Off-Campus Course

myUK Course Catalog Description - Off-Campus

Off-Campus meetings are primarily held in-person at a designated off-campus location.

I understand that faculty have received additional training to improve online course teaching. But what is the accountability by the university that faculty will deliver a quality course?

Courses that are scheduled as entirely online (i.e., no in-person elements) may use a mix of live (synchronous) and recorded (asynchronous) elements: in other words, live interaction and self-paced activities. In some cases, lectures will be “recorded” so that students can review them outside of class meetings and take advantage of “live” interaction to work through questions, problems, case studies and other applications. In other cases, online courses may conduct most class meetings live (in real time). Or, they could involve recorded (asynchronous, self-paced) activities with peer and instructor feedback. Faculty will choose a blend of these strategies that best aligns with their experience and expertise and the course content and goals, and that supports students’ learning. In addition, all first-year students have been provided an Apple iPad, which includes a specially designed app that provides direct links to additional resources and support. The university also has hired extra academic coaches and support to foster student success.

The university developed a quality design checklist that has been widely adopted by our faculty for the fall semester that can be found here.

What is the university doing to build community and belonging among students?

We have a group of student and academic life professionals solely devoted to reimagining opportunities for campus engagement, including hosting a K Week that still abides by our federal and state health guidelines. Beyond K Week, our team is working across many campus partners, including residence life and student organizations and activities, to devise ways for students to connect in meaningful ways through leadership opportunities, service projects, live music events and much more.

What is the university doing to help support students learning in an online format/modality?

The university provided comprehensive tools for both faculty and staff to help with online learning and instruction. Students can visit https://learnanywhere.uky.edu/ or faculty can visit https://teachanywhere.uky.edu/ for more information. The university prepared for increased utilization of online resources by significantly expanding its internet bandwidth.

Can you clarify how you quantified the percentage of courses with some in-person instruction and so many core courses for first-year students appear to be online?

The majority of class sections involve some in-person instruction. These can include traditional face-to-face sections as well as hybrid sections with a blend of in-person and online instruction. Given health and safety guidelines, we are trying to achieve the proper balance between in-person and online instruction. So, in this environment, that means for most students, they will have some combination of traditional, hybrid and online sections; this is true forabout 90% of our total student population and almost 97% of our freshman students.

Will a student lose scholarship money if he/she defers their semester or academic year?

The student can apply for a deferral, which is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the office of undergraduate admissions for more information at admissions@uky.edu.

My major is highly hands-on and does not lend itself to online learning. How will we be expected to learn when it may not be feasible or optimal?

Faculty have designed courses this fall using a variety of instructional strategies that best match the course goals and content, as well as their experience and expertise. These strategies range from self-paced activities with instructor and peer feedback, to live interaction in-person or via video conference. All student support resources and tutoring services will be available to students this fall either in person, remotely or both. Those services can be found at this Tutoring Resources Link.

What if I want to take all online courses?

Students should contact their academic advisor to change their schedule for sections with different learning instructional formats. If students have a documented need relative to the Americans with Disabilities Act, they should contact UK’s Disability Resource Center to discuss potential accommodations.