All classes with a clinical or hands-on component
will take place on campus in a classroom/lab setting with a limit of
no more than 10 people per meeting, employing health safety
All other classes that do not require a hands-on component will take
place in either a fully online format or a Zoom hybrid format.
Zoom hybrid courses combine online learning with a structured,
scheduled Zoom video meeting component that allows for regular,
real-time interaction with instructors and classmates. Students are
required to attend Zoom meetings during the days/times indicated on
the course schedule.
“We have been working tirelessly to ensure the health and safety of
our students without compromising the quality of our education,”
said President Keith Cornille. “After much discussion, as a college
we have decided limiting class sizes is necessary to safeguard the
well-being of students and staff for the upcoming Fall 2020
semester. Even though our alternative delivery instruction methods
are robust, they are not a solution for every class. That is why we
will be conducting our hands-on classes with limited numbers and
employing a hybrid method where it is needed.”
The structure of the Fall courses was greatly informed by a
commitment to quality instruction.
“Ensuring quality meant we needed to make a decision about classes
now, to let instructors fully prepare their classes. However, if
State guidelines allow it, we plan to provide face-to-face student
supports such as tutoring and success coaching to ensure students
are assisted in their coursework and academic success,” said Sarah
Diel-Hunt, VP of Enrollment and Student Services. “We are committed
to providing the individualized attention and support Heartland is
known for and we’ll be creative in achieving that, with health
safety practices in place, no matter what environment we are in this
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The College has taken great measures to offer high-quality and
high-touch online courses. Heartland faculty go through an extensive 96 hour
certification course to learn how to teach well in an alternative delivery
format and certification is a requirement for the attainment of tenure. Over 95
percent of full time faculty scheduled to teach in Fall of 2020 are currently
certified through the course.
In 2019, the College invested in a state-of-the-art platform and infrastructure
for online courses with students serving on the selection team.
Some students who have already registered for Fall classes that have changed in
format will be required to re-register for the comparable class online. Classes
converted to Zoom hybrid format will remain on the existing schedule and
students will not be required to re-register.
Advisors will reach out to students whose schedules have been impacted. Classes
that were originally in an online format are not affected.
Enrollment assistance is available through the advisement office. Students are
asked to email Raab.Advisors@heartland.edu or call 309-268-8027 during regular
business hours for assistance or to schedule an appointment.
Heartland continues to offer additional technical support for online students
via 24-hour support from the Canvas Learning Management System and the Heartland
Online Learning Support page.
Registration for Fall 2020 semester academic classes is open through August 17.
Director, Public Information
Heartland Community College]