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The Flex@Pitt program is said to allow students to experience classes “in person, remotely, synchronously or asynchronously,” in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Pitt officials said last week that students would not be required to attend class in person for the fall.
But Cudd added that a classroom experience must be made available for students, and faculty are encouraged to physically come to the classroom where possible.
Cudd said in situations where instructors cannot come to campus, students can still be in classrooms to connect with their peers, with the instructor visible on screen to engage with students, field questions or conduct discussions. She said graduate or undergraduate teaching assistants, faculty colleagues or staff members may be utilized in their stead to facilitate classroom interaction.
Cudd added that as part of Flex@Pitt, the University will ensure that all faculty members have access to high-quality technology, such as laptops. Pitt said on Wednesday that it will spend the second half of its federal CARES Act funding, around $10.6 million, on fall restart costs, including Flex@Pitt.
“Our investment in technology will allow us to support our faculty and students, enroll a full class of students and transform the teaching environment well beyond the pandemic,” Cudd said.