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Hybrid NUflex and Remote Learning: Fall 2021

As Northeastern plans for classroom instruction this fall, we are maximizing on-ground and in-person instruction whenever possible, while also recognizing the unique needs of students who may be unable to return to in-person learning based on certain circumstances. To accommodate those needs, Northeastern will continue to offer both fully online courses and a limited number of Hybrid NUflex class sections in the fall 2021 academic term.

Hybrid NUflex: What is it and what does it mean for the classroom experience in fall 2021?

As is our current practice in Hybrid NUflex class sections, in-person students are learning in the classroom, while approved remote students are joining the class remotely at the same time, through audio, chat, and video. Faculty will be in the classroom and will teach their courses both to students in the classroom and to students who participate remotely via Zoom or Teams in real time. Only students approved as remote learners will be able to join the class remotely.

Are there students who don’t need to request remote learner status?

Students who are enrolled in fully online programs and domestic CPS undergraduate and graduate students do not need to request remote learner status.

Which courses are available for remote learning in fall 2021?

Hybrid NUflex classes: Students who have been approved for remote learner status should look for classes that are marked as Hybrid NUflex (NFLX) in the university’s Banner course listing system. There are limited options available—both graduate and undergraduate– and most labs, studios and other hands-on courses will not be offered through Hybrid NUflex. Students will only be able to join the class remotely if they are approved as remote learners and are taking all of their classes remotely.

Online classes: Students can search in Banner to find a fully online class section. There are limited options available—both graduate and undergraduate.

Will classes be recorded for remote Hybrid NUflex learners?

Recording of classroom activities (e.g., class discussions) is at the discretion of the faculty member. In some Hybrid NUflex course sections that have a small number of remote students, the instructor may record the lecture for students instead of students participating in real-time. If the lecture will be delivered by recording, instructors will let remote students know before the start of the academic term.

Will students enrolled in Hybrid NUflex class sections have the option to take some classes remotely and some classes in-person?

No. If students want to take Hybrid NUflex class sections remotely, they will need to apply for remote learner status by completing the Remote Learning Request Form. Students approved as remote learners will enroll in Hybrid NUflex remotely or fully online classes and take all of their courses remotely, with no in-person class sessions, for the duration of the fall academic term.

Will the dynamic scheduling tool be in use for the fall 2021 term?

No. The dynamic scheduling tool will not be available since students are no longer choosing week-by-week whether they would like to be in-person or remote. Instead, a student will request to be entirely remote for the duration of their fall academic term by requesting remote learner status. The deadlines for submitting these requests are July 23 for undergraduates and August 15 for graduate students.

Can students change from a remote learner to an in-person learner—or from an in-person learner to a remote learner—in the middle of the academic term?

Students who were approved for remote learner status can apply for in-person learner status by filling out the form to request a change to in-person learning. Such requests may impact a student’s financial aid, and university housing cannot be guaranteed. Restrictions may also apply for international students due to immigration regulations. Students won’t be able to switch from in-person learning to remote learning in the middle of the academic term. Undergraduates should request remote learner status by July 23, and graduate students should request remote learner status by August 15.

Should international students who are unable to come to a campus location in the United States, Canada or London choose remote learner status?

Yes. International students should request remote learner status if visa or travel restrictions prevent their arrival at:

  • One of the U.S. campus locations within the Office of Global Services campus arrival deadline
  • One of the Canada campus locations within 30 days of start of their academic term
  • The London campus location by September 26 for Northeastern degree programs and November 5 for NCH degree programs.

They should also request remote learner status if they are planning to take classes remotely outside the country in which their physical campus is located (U.S., Canada, or the U.K.). Northeastern strongly encourages these students to request remote learner status and register for remote Hybrid NUflex or online courses.

Should international students who are present at a campus location in the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom choose remote learner status?

No. Becoming an entirely remote learner or enrolling in online or remote courses may jeopardize your international student visa status and related immigration benefits eligibility (F-1 or J-1 in the United States; Study Permit in Canada; and Student Route visa in London). International students who are present at a campus location in the United States or Canada or London should not apply for remote learner status and should receive approval from the Office of Global Services before enrolling in an online course.

Will becoming a remote learner impact students’ financial aid?

Yes, it may impact financial aid. We strongly encourage students to contact Student Financial Services and consult with a financial aid counselor before requesting remote learner status.

Is there a cost difference for attending Hybrid NUflex class sections remotely?

No. NUflex class sections are regular Northeastern courses that students choose to experience remotely in real-time using technology.

If a student is attending a Hybrid NUflex class section remotely, how will they interact with their professor and classmates?

Students will participate in the class through a videoconferencing platform, such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams. They can see and hear the professor and their classmates and will be able to interact by chat or by video.

What kind of classroom technology is used for Hybrid NUflex?

Hybrid NUflex is enabled by classroom technology that includes cameras, microphones, computers and a projection system. It is essentially a web-conferencing system that in most cases allows remote students to see both the instructor as well as students who are speaking. Instructors have microphones so they can be heard while wearing a mask and receive training on how to use the technology. The classroom has microphones that will hang from the ceiling, so students at a distance can hear class discussions.

How are tests and exams administered in Hybrid NUflex class sections?

Faculty will determine the most appropriate testing and exam modes for their courses. We have technology tools to administer exams remotely, including reasonable safeguards to ensure exam integrity.

Will remote learners be able to live in university housing?

International and domestic students approved for remote learner status because of travel restrictions or personal circumstances must cancel their university housing. These student should email housing@northeastern.edu after their request is approved to waive housing cancellation fees. Students who are on co-op or clinical placement are still permitted to live in university housing and are responsible for following established housing cancellation policies. They should email housing@northeastern.edu if they wish to cancel their university housing.

Will remote learner students still be able to join school clubs and apply for on-campus jobs, such as teaching assistant and residential assistant positions?

Students who opt for remote learner status because of travel restrictions or personal circumstances will not be physically on campus, so they are unable to apply for jobs that require an on-campus presence. Restrictions may apply for international students due to immigration regulations. Remote learners are welcome to participate virtually in school clubs and campus events

What are the major differences between Hybrid NUflex and Global ConnEXions?

In Hybrid NUflex classes, remote students are experiencing the class virtually in real-time with in-person students at a campus location. Available classes range from first-year to graduate level. While the professor engages with in-person and remote students, the course is not designed as a fully online experience. There are no specific program elements designed for remote learners. Global ConnEXions is a comprehensive first-year program in courses that are specifically designed to be delivered asynchronously (when the student chooses to view lectures and do other activities). In this program, there are dedicated supports and experiences designed for students and there are many opportunities for real-time interactions.

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