Instruction and Course Modalities

Instruction

Instruction for fall 2021 will revert to mostly in-person instruction, but using lessons learned from the past year about how virtual and hybrid instruction can enhance course delivery, we will also offer courses across the three modalities:

Hybrid courses incorporate a blend of both in-person and online forms of instruction. These courses may include synchronous and asynchronous modalities, with the potential for different pathways through the course. The ratio of in person and online instruction will vary depending on multiple factors such as the role of two- and three-dimensional material engagement, the use of specialized facilities and equipment, the centrality of group dialogue and critique, and the nature of the assignments and learning goals. Lecture courses that use an active learning pedagogy (aka “flipped” classrooms) characterized by synchronous online lectures paired with small in-person sections, fall within RISD’s definition of hybrid. Studio courses that integrate digital tools such as online presentations, critiques and/or video tutorials, while holding studio instruction in person with full access to studios, shops and exhibition facilities, might also fall within RISD’s definition of hybrid. Given the definitional breadth of the hybrid mode of course delivery, students are encouraged to contact the relevant department/division for additional information regarding a given fall semester course. In addition, the course syllabus will include a clear description of the course delivery structure and expectations for student engagement.

In-person courses involve the physical presence of both the faculty member and the students during class hours (instructional contact hours). Health protocols may require modifications to some aspects of in-person courses, and it is common practice for in-person classes to ask students to complete class-related activities/tasks online or remotely (eg., stream films, do research, engage in chat forums, etc.). The course syllabus will include a clear description of the course delivery structure and expectations for student engagement.

Online courses deliver all class activities online. These courses may include synchronous and asynchronous modalities, with the potential for different pathways through the course. Course materials may take multiple forms, such as videos, discussions, lectures, and critiques, but instructional engagement occurs in an online environment. The course syllabus will include a clear description of the course delivery structure and expectations for student engagement.

Course Modality Lookup (Fall 2021)

Enter your 7-digit student ID number to view your fall course schedule. You can also see what other courses are currently being offered and their modality by selecting the second tab for ‘course search’. Use the filters on the right to search by ‘subject’, ‘course title’, ‘course name’, etc. Please note that the lookup tool is best viewed on a laptop or desktop computer.

If you need to adjust your schedule, go to Student Planning at ss.risd.edu/student.

This tool reflects course modalities that were established prior to RISD’s announcement of fall 2021 protocol. Course modality is subject to change and students should consult with their instructors and refer to syllabi. 

Frequently Asked Questions

No. The Academic Calendar for AY 2021–22 will largely return to normal under the Near Normal scenario. Learn more.

RISD will revert to mostly in-person instruction, but using lessons learned from the past year about how virtual and hybrid instruction can enhance course delivery. To view your current schedule and see how your courses are being offered, please use the RISD Course Modality Lookup Tool and check your course syllabi.

Yes, approximately 5 percent of RISD’s fall courses will be taught online. Learn more.

Yes. RISD’s studios, shops, and centers will be open for RISD students, faculty and staff for the Fall 2021 semester.

Yes, these resources will be accessible through either virtual support, online and in-person visits or appointments.

The opportunity to cross-register with Brown University will be made available again starting Fall 2021 to all RISD students. Unvaccinated students (those with an exemption) are required to wear masks on Brown’s campus.

Wintersession will occur as usual and classes will begin on January 6, 2022. International travel courses are under review by RISD’s International Incident Response Team. A definitive decision regarding Wintersession travel courses will be provided before or at the beginning of Fall semester.

Yes. Brown students, faculty and staff are required and deemed to be fully vaccinated and can access, as appropriate and allowed, facilities and programs on the RISD campus.