Making a Plan for Spring. Understanding Modalities of Class Offerings.

by Stacey Kardash

November is Advising Month at SMCC. This is a great time to meet with your advisor and prepare for Spring registration. Course offerings will be previewed toward the beginning of November, so we wanted to remind you of the different modalities you have to choose from when selecting courses.

Making a Plan for Spring

Live/In Person/On Campus

If you see a physical campus location in the schedule column after the day and time of the class, this means you will be meeting on campus for that class. For example, if a class lists “TR 3-4:15 p.m., South Portland Campus, Health Science Center, Room 106” this means the class will meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 3-4:15 p.m. on the South Portland campus in the Health Science Center, Room 106. In order to register for a class meeting on campus, you must have all of your vaccinations submitted to the Advising Office (MMR #1, MMR #2, Covid-19, Tetanus). Don’t panic if you see the building and room number listed as “To be announced” or “TBA” – this just means the room location has not been finalized yet. This usually happens the week before classes begin.

Online – Synchronous

Classes may list a day and time which they are running, but the location may be remote. For example, if a class lists “MW 1:30-2:15 p.m., Online, Brightspace, ZOOM Required” this means the class will meet every Monday and Wednesday from 1:30-2:15 p.m. online via Zoom. You can access the Zoom class links in your Brightspace course under “Communications > Zoom Meetings.”

Online – Asynchronous

If a class has no meeting days or times, and instead just lists “Online, Brightspace” in the schedule, this means that the class runs in an asynchronous format. There will be no Zoom meeting times. Instead, learning is a little more independent. You will need to log into your Brightspace class weekly (typically multiple times per week) and complete the tasks for that week. You cannot save all of your work for the end of the semester, regular login counts as your participation in the class. However, what days and times you access the class are flexible to fit into your schedule.