Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Fall 2020 Conversion to Hybrid Courses

VCAA Messages About Course Conversion

Fall 2020 Courses that Require Attendance on UH Hilo Campus
VCAA - Fall 2020 Course Conversions and Quarantine
VCAA - How to Decide Between Attending UH Hilo In-Person or via Distance Learning During Fall 2020
VCAA - Fall 2020 Conversion Message to Students (July)

Course Delivery (Modality)

The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and maintaining the quality of our teaching and learning programs are of the utmost importance for UH Hilo. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are changing the way we deliver (modality) education to our students for Fall 2020. Our goal is to provide students with a high-quality education while remaining responsive to changing public health circumstances. To minimize social contact, approximately ¾ of our in-person Face-to-Face (F2F) courses will be converted to a hybrid format. The remaining 25% of courses will be offered entirely online (see descriptions in the lower half of the webpage).

In-person, face to face meetings will be available to students in 75% of our courses.

Students will also have the option to attend completely online in 85% of our courses.

All of the hybrid courses are capable of being converted to online courses should this be required during a public health emergency.

All classrooms are being equipped with Distance Learning equipment and furniture reconfigured for “social” distancing. Students and faculty will be wearing masks or face shields.

Laptop computers will be available for students to check out from the Moʻokini Library.

Student and faculty support for computer hardware, internet, and software problems will be available from the Help Desk https://hilo.hawaii.edu/helpdesk/.

UH Hilo is working on sanitation, testing, and tracing protocols to be instituted this fall.

During the month of July, we will be diligently working on completing the course conversion process. For the most up to the minute changes check the conversion status link below:

In anticipation of further possible changes to course schedules, please continue to check your schedule through STAR and hawaii.edu email for updates. All converted Fall 2020 courses will have a "C19" (Online due to COVID-19) notation in the Fall 2020 Class Availability schedule.

Hybrid Courses

Hybrid courses are a combination of :

  1. In-person/face-to-face meetings
  2. Simultaneous online equivalents delivered via Zoom or another online tool.
  3. Possible additional online assignments and activities.

The instructor will determine the amount of the three delivery types. Additionally, the instructor will assign students to face-to-face groups and determine the number of required in-person meetings. Instructors may elect to have in-person meetings every week or adjust the course to deliver most or all instruction online with very few in-person sessions.

Students can choose between attending the scheduled in-person, face-to-face meetings, or attending only online, unless specified otherwise (certain clinical, lab, and other marked classes may require in-person attendance)*.

Modality Scheduled Live Meetings Scheduled Online Meetings Option to Attend Online Only
Hybrid1 Possible Required Yes
Hybrid2 Required Required No

: Some classes may require face-to-face attendance for accreditation, licensure, and other reasons. These courses will be clearly marked in the schedule. (see explanation below)

100% Online Courses

An online class designation indicates that the course will be conducted entirely online. There is no face-to-face instruction, interaction, or meetings of student groups. Students are not required to be on campus for these courses.

Two types of online courses will be available. The first type, Online Scheduled (synchronous) meets at scheduled times using an online meeting tool like Zoom. The second type, Online Unscheduled (asynchronous) has no scheduled meetings but requires daily to weekly interaction, combined with assignments and other activities.

Modality Scheduled Online Meetings Entirely Online
Online Unscheduled3 None Yes
Online Scheduled4 Required Yes

Detailed Descriptions of Hybrid and Online Courses

1Hybrid. The hybrid format will allow students to choose between a mix of in-person and online attendance or attending entirely online. Faculty will determine the mix of in-person and online instruction opportunities.

Courses designated as "Hybrid" under "New Mode of Delivery" in the Conversion Status Table will include the following notation in the Fall 2020 Class Availability schedule after conversion:

[Class meets at scheduled day and time using a combination of in-person and videoconference attendance; students may choose up to 100% online attendance.]

2Hybrid. The hybrid* format will require students to attend some sessions in person. Example: Some Nursing, Pharmacy, and STEM labs.

Courses designated as "Experiential/Lab F2F" under "New Mode of Delivery" in the Conversion Status Table will include the following notation in the Fall 2020 Class Availability schedule after conversion:

[Class meets at scheduled day and time using a combination of in-person and videoconference attendance; students MUST attend some meetings in person, contact instructor.]

3Online Unscheduled. Most unscheduled online (asynchronous) courses for Fall 2020 that were originally online can be identified by the "Original Online Unchanged" designation under "New Mode of Delivery" in the Conversion Status Table. No changes have been made to these courses. No additional notations will be added to the online "Course Availability" site.

Note: There may be a few courses pending conversion from Face-to-Face (F2F) to "Online Unscheduled" on the Conversion Status Table.

Once converted, the course will appear with the following text in the Fall 2020 Class Availability schedule:

[This Class is conducted online. The Class does not have a regularly scheduled meeting time. Students are required to participate in unscheduled online learning activities.]

4Online Scheduled. Courses originally offered as in person, Face-to-Face (F2F) with assigned lecture days, and times for Fall 2020 will be converted to online scheduled (synchronous) as requested by faculty. These courses will be indicated by the "Online Scheduled" designation under "New Mode of Delivery" in the Conversion Status Table.

Once converted, the course will appear with the following notation in the Fall 2020 Class Availability schedule:

[This Class is conducted at the scheduled day and time using online software.]

Faculty Information:

VCAA Memos Regarding Fall 2020 Information For Faculty