With epidemiologists warning that the coronavirus will likely remain a threat in the fall, two more schools — the University of Colorado Boulder (UC Boulder) and Oakland University in Michigan — have announced they plan to take a “hybrid” approach for the fall semester by combining remote instruction with face-to-face learning.
“At this point, indications are that COVID-19 will remain a threat into the fall,” said Oakland University president Ora Pescovitz to the campus community, according to The Detroit News. “As we prepare for the fall semester, we are planning for a hybrid approach that includes both face-to-face and remote instruction.”
Likewise, UC Boulder announced it would explore blending remote learning with in-person instruction, clarifying that on-campus experiences would “be supported by robust public health mitigation and safety measures that reduce the risk of transmission.”
Last week, San Jose State University said it will conduct almost all its classes online this coming fall semester, but added that it plans to offer a few courses in person, in disciplines such as art and dance.
As uncertainty surrounding the timeline of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many schools have yet to come to a definitive decision on whether to reopen campuses in the fall, including Harvard, the University of Arizona and the University of Pittsburgh, to name a few.