Frequently Asked Questions Summer 2020

Summer semester is a great time to focus on your education and get ahead. Stay the course. 

Where can I find summer semester 2020 registration dates and deadlines?

The information can be found on UVU’s website at this link.

When does summer semester 2020 officially begin?

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Will all 2020 summer semester classes be taught online?

Yes, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, summer semester classes will be delivered remotely via Canvas using Microsoft Teams or Kaltura Live Room.

How will the 2020 summer semester classes be taught?

Classes will be taught using three types of remote delivery formats during summer semester: synchronous, asynchronous, and online. You will need to know the difference when registering.

Synchronous delivery: Former face-to-face instruction in a classroom will now be offered by your professor speaking to you via Microsoft Teams or Kaltura Live Room. Your classes will be scheduled at pre-determined times during the week (such as M, W at 10 a.m.). You will be expected to log in at that time with your classmates. The schedule, including Banner, will reflect the required days and times, but the location will read TBA. The live classes will be recorded in the event you cannot attend.

Asynchronous delivery: Former face-to-face instruction in a classroom with prerecorded lectures of your professor, discussion boards, etc. inside Canvas. You do not need to be available at specific times. You will still have due dates for assignments, but you can do things at a time that is convenient for you. The schedule, including Banner, will not reflect days or times, and the location will be listed Online.

Online delivery: Certified online courses completed inside Canvas. Certified means the instructor’s lectures and lesson plans have been accredited and certified by the Office of Teaching and Learning. Fifty-four percent of UVU classes are available in this format online. The schedule, including Banner, will be denoted as section XO1, XO2, XO3, etc.

Will my classes be held at their regularly scheduled times?

This will depend on the delivery format. Synchronous classes will be taught at regularly scheduled dates and times. Asynchronous and online courses can be taken according to the student’s schedule.

How will I complete my coursework?

In synchronous classes, you will meet with your professor and classmates at the regularly scheduled time, either in Microsoft Teams or Live Room, inside Canvas. An announcement will be posted in Canvas telling you how to access the live class as well as other learning materials and assignments. For every hour in class, you should expect two hours of learning outside of class.

What different types of instruction should I expect?

Every course will be different, so use the course syllabus to guide you. Inside Canvas you will find reading materials, web resources, assignments, videos, visuals, and other learning activities.

Discussion boards allow you to interact with your classmates and professor. Use Canvas Conversations to reach out to them as well. UVU provides Microsoft Teams and Live Room for synchronous (real-time) conversations.

If the coronavirus starts to go away, will my classes move back to face-to-face instruction?

All summer semester courses are anticipated to be online, including the second block. If campus reopens before the second block begins, some labs and condensed classes might possibly be held in a face-to-face format.

Which grading format will be used during summer semester?

Grading for the summer semester will return to normal. This means individual course grading modes (standard letter grades) will be used. The credit/no credit option will not be available.

Should I just wait until classes revert back to face-to-face instruction

We recommend that you not wait because it will stop your momentum toward your degree, plus no one knows how long the coronavirus restrictions will last.

Will any block classes change to full-semester classes since they will be offered remotely or online, especially for math and English?

No, math and English classes will remain as scheduled. Students often need to complete these courses prior to a certain date in order to apply for other programs.

Can I complete my math placement in summer semester and register for a math class in the fall?

UVU will offer Math Leap sessions all summer — synchronous delivery — in which a full-time faculty member will teach you through Microsoft Teams or Kaltura Live Room using the ALEKS learning system. You will be able to ask questions via Teams or Kaltura.

Each three-week Math Leap session is $25 with scheduled classes twice a week. You will need to spend time outside of class working in the ALEKS learning system. Passing the system’s math modules will qualify you to register for a math class in the fall. For more information, see the math success website.

Can I study the ALEKS modules on my own?

If you are a motivated, do-it-yourself student, you can work on the ALEKS modules on your own to prepare for math placement. See ALEKS Account Setup for step-by-step account setup instructions. A subscription fee may be required based upon student status.

ALEKS will map math topics you will need to improve to place in your targeted math course. After studying, you will take a proctored ALEKS test through UVU’s Testing Services. For proctored ALEKS testing information please email testingservices@uvu.edu. Their customer care team will email you within 24 business hours to review the needed technology you must provide, survey your testing environment, and establish a testing appointment. 

How can I contact my academic advisor?

Your academic advisors are prepared to answer your questions and help you navigate our modified teaching system. Here is how to find your advisor with contact information:

  1. Log in to my.uvu.edu. At this point, you will also need to log in through Duo authentication.
  2. Select the “Students” tab on the left.
  3. Select “My Academics” in the drop-down menu on the left.
  4. There will be a block with “My Advisor Information” on the right side of the dashboard. In this block you will see your advisor’s name, photo, and contact information.

What can I do if a faculty member if is not responding in a timely manner?

Your professor should communicate with you in Canvas before the start of the semester and communicate with you regularly thereafter. Email academiccontinuity@uvu.edu if your professor not responding.

Do I need my schedule set by a certain date for financial aid purposes?

Yes, to qualify for financial aid for summer semester, you must register for classes by May 28, 2020 — and second-block courses need to be included. UVU will look at enrollment numbers on that date to determine financial aid eligibility. Changing your enrollment after that date may have implications for your financial aid. Be sure to check with the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office if you are considering changing your schedule.

Can I use the library during summer semester?

Yes, the first two floors of the Fulton Library will be available during summer semester, including the computer lab. However, for your safety we encourage everyone to study at home if you do not need the library’s resources.

When will fall semester 2020 registration begin?

Fall registration dates and deadlines can be found here.

What is the official first day of fall semester 2020?

Monday, August 24, 2020