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Spring 2021 Instructional Plan

Spring 2021 Instructional Plan

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Southwest Texas Junior College has decided to continue with remote instruction for the Spring 2021 semester. This recommendation is made with a priority of commitment to safeguarding the health and welfare of every member of the SWTJC community and our shared responsibility to take steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 across our institution. The following are highlights of the Spring 2021 Instructional Plan:

  • All students, faculty and staff will be required to wear face masks when engaging in social interactions/environments on SWTJC campuses
  • Academic/transfer course will be offered remotely. Technical programs meeting face-to-face for hands-on labs and training include the law enforcement academy, airframe mechanics, registered nursing, vocational nursing, radiologic technology, emergency medical technician, patient care technician, cosmetology, automotive technology, automotive body technology, diesel technology, wildlife management, air conditioning and refrigeration, welding technology, professional truck driving, and lineman training. The technical programs meeting remotely are criminal justice, child development, computer information systems, administrative information technology, and management.

The maximum number of students in a class or lab will be determined using Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for safe social distancing. Student and Faculty participation in these classes will also include a variety of other safe practices to include:

  • Staggered schedules

  • Mandatory face masks as well as health and temperature screenings

  • Classrooms cleaned/sanitized after every class

Classes will also be delivered in a variety of instructional modalities which include:

  • online/internet classes,

  • hybrid classes that will consist of online, live video conferencing, and face-to-face delivery options.

Student support services with the exception of food services and dorms (library, advisors, financial aid, business office, student success centers) will be made available but will adhere to the most current CDC, Federal and State recommendations regarding capacity, social distancing, face masks, accessible hand sanitizing, frequency of cleaning and maintenance.

Health and temperature screenings will be conducted for all students and staff that are on campuses.

The Spring 2021 Instructional Plan has been designed with an understanding of the fluid and constantly changing nature of what is occurring regarding the COVID 19 pandemic. That is to say that the details and specifics of any part of the plan could and most likely will change given the most current guidelines, restrictions and recommendations coming from Federal, State, Texas Higher Education Coordination Board and local sources.

The Spring 2021 Instructional Plan provides an institution-wide accounting of how to keep our SWTJC community safe and still provide an accessible, high quality, post-secondary education to our constituents. Department-specific plans have also been included as addendums to the Return to Campus Plan in order to address any safety issues that are specific to that department.


Course Delivery Formats

SWTJC is offering four methods of course delivery for the Spring Semester to keep your educational goals within reach! Registration for 16 week Spring classes is soon underway, please review our course delivery methods below and visit the Class Scheduling page to view the full list of courses available for the Spring 2021 16 week semester.

Video-conference Courses - Class Type Code B

These are courses that will be scheduled at set days and times and will not be held on campus. They will be delivered via Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Canvas conference. You will join your peers and your instructor for live, virtual instruction. These courses are identified with a B at the beginning of their class code in the schedule, followed by a location code and a section code. For example, SPCH 1311 BUV01 would be a video-conference class that was originally scheduled to be on the Uvalde campus and it would be Section 1 for that course. NOTE: the location code for these courses does not matter since they will be taught virtually and will not be on campus.

Hybrid Courses - Class Type Code H

These are courses that will be taught in two delivery modes. A portion of the course will be on campus. You will be in a classroom with your peers and your instructor for live instruction. The other portion of the course will be taught online via our Learning Management System, Canvas. You will be responsible for attending class and for completing online activities outside of the scheduled class time. These courses are identified with an H at the beginning of their class code in the schedule, followed by a location code and a section code. For example, SPCH 1311 HUV01 would be a hybrid class in which a portion of the class would be on the Uvalde campus at specified days and times and the other portion would be online.

Online Courses - Class Type Code C

These are courses that will be taught completely online via our Learning Management System, Canvas. You will complete this course on your own time following the instructions provided by the instructor. These courses are identified by a C at the beginning of their class code in the schedule, followed by a location code and a section code. For example, SPCH 1311 CUV01. ​ This would be an online course in which the instructor was located in Uvalde and it would be section 1 for that course. NOTE: the location code only applies to the instructor. You can live in any community and be a student in this class.

Open Resource Courses - Class Type Code O

These are courses that provide free or very low-cost instructional materials for the students. These courses can be online, stand-alone, or video-conference. These courses are identified with an O at the beginning of the class code, followed by an instructional delivery mode of instruction code, location code, and a section code. For example, SPCH 1311 OBUV1​ would be an open resources class taught via Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Canvas Conference and it would be Section 1 for that course.

View the Complete Course Scheduling Guide with City Codes.