- Have all classes been moved online? How long will they be online?
Yes, all classes (both undergraduate and graduate) are online effective immediately. Your faculty will work with you to ensure you have access, and to answer questions. STaR will also be available to help.
Classes will be online for the remainder of the spring semester. This will give students and faculty as much consistency in course delivery as possible for the duration of the academic year.
Summer classes, a very popular offering by UA Little Rock, will transition to an all-online format across all four summer sessions. During the summer session, online courses may be modified into hybrid or in-person classes should the guidance of public health officials allow for it.
- How should I prepare for possible disruptions to the classes I’m taking in their transition to online?
Your instructors will be communicating with you about their plans for teaching online. Keep in touch with them and ask questions if you need clarification. Keep in mind that your instructors may have to restructure the course schedule and assignments for the purposes of effective online teaching. Don’t assume that your courses will remain exactly the same in online form as they are in person.
- How do online classes work? Will I ever have to login or participate at a fixed time?
Online classes vary a lot. You may be able to work on some activities and requirements asynchronously (at different times than other students are working on them). These assignments will still have deadlines. Some parts of your classes may be offered synchronously (“live”, or “real-time”) through remote meeting options such as Blackboard Collaborate, Google Hangout/Meet, or Zoom. Until you know your instructors’ plans for each of your courses, do not schedule other activities during these times.
- I use accommodations and am worried about being moved to classes online. What do I do?
The Disability Resource Center is available to help ensure that online course content is fully accessible. Call or email an Access Consultant with specific questions and concerns at 501-569-3143 or email@example.com. In the event that the campus closes as a COVID-19 precaution, staff will still be available to students by email and phone.
- How will labs and performances required for credit be completed?
Your instructors will be communicating with you regarding plans for labs and performances. Keep in touch with them and ask questions if you need clarification.
- What about clinical courses, practicums, and student teaching internships?
Your instructor will provide you with information regarding clinicals, practicums, and teaching internships. If you have questions, please contact your instructor.
- What about internship courses that involve working off-campus?
Your instructor will provide you with information regarding your internship. If you have questions, please contact your instructor.
- If I am working on a research project, can I come in and work in the lab?
Check with your faculty supervisor.
- How will exams work?
Your instructors will be communicating with you regarding their expectations, exams, and other assignments. Instructors may modify how they administer exams and other learning activities to better fit an online setting. For example, an instructor may administer an alternative examination format.
If you have extra time as an accommodation through the Disability Resource Center, make sure that your instructor has this notice well in advance of any exam. If you have need for other accommodations, contact Disability Resource Center and your faculty members.
- How will calculations of my final grade be impacted in the transition to online?
Your instructor will communicate any changes to learning activities, course requirements, and grade calculations. When you receive this information, if you have any questions, contact your instructor.
- I have a thesis defense or doctoral or masters degree comprehensive exam scheduled. Will that be online?
Thesis defenses and comprehensive examinations are considered teaching sessions and can take place remotely rather than face-to-face. Face-to-face thesis defenses and comprehensive evaluations may be acceptable as long as appropriate social distancing measures are in place.
- I have never taken a college-level online course. Are there any general tips for learning in an online environment?
The most important thing is to stay connected with your instructor. Create a detailed schedule for when you are going to work on the course and for course deadlines. There are a number of resources that provide advice on how to succeed in the online environment. Below are a couple.
How to be a highly successful online college student
Tips for taking online classes
If this sudden change to online learning proves difficult, remember that your instructors and advisor are resources for you; reach out to them. See the section on Academic Support Services and Counseling Services for further support options. Students can submit requests for support assistance through the university Care Team. A member of the Care Team will consult over the phone to identify appropriate campus and community resources. Self-referrals can be made online.
- What do I do if circumstances beyond my control keep me from successfully completing my online course?
UA Little Rock acknowledges that the COVID-19 crisis has created many disruptions in daily life and that students may face increased caregiving responsibilities, limited access to technology, food and income insecurity, and additional health concerns during this time. If any event affects your ability to access or participate fully in your online coursework, contact your instructor as soon as possible. UA Little Rock faculty are available to assist you during this time.
- How can I learn more about the emergency CR/NC (Credit/No Credit) grading for spring 2020 semester?
Please see questions under the heading Emergency CR/NC (Credit/No Credit) Grading for Spring 2020 Semester.
- What do I do if I have a complaint about my online class?
If possible, students attempt to resolve problems through their instructor. The next step is to attempt to resolve the problem with the department chairperson. If working with the instructor or department chair is unsuccessful, students may file a formal complaint with the university. Visit the Dean of Students Student Complaint website for more information and an online form for filing student complaints. Student complaints may be submitted anonymously; however, including your contact information will assist the university in responding to your complaint.
- Were the deadlines for drop and withdrawal extended?
Yes. To give students more time to decide with instructors if they wish to drop an individual class or withdraw from all classes for a term, the deadlines for drop and withdrawal have been moved to the following dates:
- For full spring 2020 term: Monday, May 4, 5 p.m.
- For second nine-week (920) term: Friday, May 1, 5 p.m.
Students and instructors should keep in mind that after the first week of classes, withdrawal from any course will result in a W on a student’s final transcript. Students deciding to withdraw from a course or the entire term should also be mindful of financial aid implications.
- What if I do not have access to a computer or I have limited internet access?
Notify your instructors if you need accommodations for alternative ways to do your course work remotely. Instructors will try to work with you to provide alternative means of providing you course materials and ways to participate.
See the Technology Access section of this FAQ, which will be updated with new information as it is available.
- What if I need access to specific software for my assignments?
The public computers in the library and class specific labs remain open until further notice. For students who may need access to course specific software, please consult with your instructor or faculty member.
- Will final exams be online?
Yes, although some classes may use assignments other than exams to assess your work over the course of the semester.