Fall 2020: The CLA Way


The academic experience in the College of Liberal Arts will be a mix of in-person, remote, online, and blended courses for the Fall 2020 semester.


For an undergraduate student taking a CLA course, this may mean:
  • Your course meets IN PERSON at set times and locations. Physical distancing and the use of masks will be required. Your course will be able to shift to remote learning via Canvas at any time if public health guidance requires it.
  • Your course uses REMOTE INSTRUCTION with set meeting times (synchronous). The instructor might have selected this format, or the course may enroll too many students for physical distancing to be possible.
  • Your course is fully ONLINE with no set meeting times (asynchronous). In this case, the instructor has built the course specifically for an online learning environment that does not require live interaction.
  • Your course is intentionally BLENDED, with both in-person learning and online/remote learning. Portions of the course content will be delivered remotely (synchronous) and/or online (asynchronous), with on-campus instruction limited to course content that requires in-person delivery.
The meeting times, locations, and delivery formats of the courses you have already registered for may change. CLA faculty and instructors are redeveloping their courses for adaptability during Fall 2020, and classroom spaces are being rescheduled to best accommodate public health guidelines. Incoming and returning students will be notified in mid-July to check the status of their courses.
These webpages are updated as more details become known. Check back regularly and learn more in the links and FAQ below about how CLA will keep students learning optimally throughout Fall 2020.



Faculty Member Writing

Support for Course Design

Fall 2020 will not be a repeat of the last part of the Spring 2020 semester. Back then the sudden need for remote learning was unanticipated. Now any online components for Fall 2020 will be intentional. CLA faculty and instructors are working hard all summer to build in the highest teaching standards for online courses, as well as for in-person courses that may need to switch to remote learning. They are supported by our Liberal Arts Technologies and Innovation Services (LATIS) team and many other University resources as they design their courses to maximize quality learning under any conditions.
How We Ensure Online Quality


Health & Safety Precautions

A series of actions to increase public health and safety will be implemented across the Twin Cities campus. This includes requirements and guidelines for personal prevention of virus spread, self-monitoring for symptoms, testing and isolation for those with the COVID-19 virus, and contact tracing and quarantine for those exposed. Classrooms, labs, and other academic spaces will be cleaned and disinfected frequently in high-touch areas such as work surfaces, equipment, controls, door handles, elevator panels, and railings.
Guidance for Shared Spaces
My Community is safer because I do my part, Wash your hands, Stay apart, wear a mask, see all guidelines at z.umn.edu/covid19


Guide to Online Learning

Online Learning Resources

Our resource page helps you set yourself up for success in our online formats. Find out about the home technology required to access CLA’s online courses and the software available for free to our students. Get introduced to Canvas, CLA’s online platform. Canvas delivers our courses that are fully online or blended and also supplements our in-person courses. Find online learning tips that include planning and organizing your tasks, managing your time, participating in study groups effectively, taking essential breaks, and getting support from faculty and staff.
Guide to Online Learning



This FAQ will be updated on an ongoing basis as details are decided for exactly how academic delivery during Fall 2020 in CLA will proceed. Answers to questions about the academic calendar, course formats, course scheduling, academic experiences outside the classroom, academic advising, and career counseling are included in the FAQ. Check frequently for updates to the answers as more information becomes available. You can also submit questions to be considered for inclusion in the FAQ.
Frequently Asked Questions

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