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.


There are four ways classes will be taught in fall 2020: 

In-Person Classes
Students and instructors meet in person for class at regularly scheduled days and times. Note: There will be no in-person meetings during the first two weeks of the semester (with limited exceptions) and after Thanksgiving break (Thanksgiving is Nov. 26).

Remote-Instruction Classes
Students and instructors must be online at the same time, at scheduled days and times. 100% of instruction is online with no in-person meetings. Exams are also all online.

Online Classes 
Instructors provide materials and assignments that students access online at any time or within a given time frame (such as one week), rather than instructors and students meeting together as a class on a regular schedule. Exams are also all online.

Blended Classes
Students can expect a combination of delivery methods: in-person and online or remote. 

NEW as of August 24: Undergraduate courses will not meet in person during the first two weeks of the semester at a minimum, with some limited exceptions. 

If you are a CLA undergraduate: Review your Fall class schedule to see how your courses will be taught. Verify that the format of each course works for you, and if needed make any changes. Check your U of M email account for a message from your CLA advising office for details about how we can assist you. 

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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