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NAUFlex student resources


 

As you know, we have adjusted our semester schedule in response to health and safety concerns related to the pandemic. Classes begin virtually on January 11, transition to in-person classes January 25, and the last day of finals is April 29.

 


How to join your class

As an on-campus student, your semester will include classes that you attend in-person for some sessions and remotely for other sessions via NAUFlex. For instance, under the NAUFlex model, you may attend class in-person on Tuesdays then attend remotely on Thursdays. Your professors will contact you prior to the beginning of the semester to let you know which days you will be expected to physically be in class.


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NAUFlex in-person

On scheduled days, you will attend your class in-person, on campus. Classrooms will be optimized for low student density and safe physical distancing.

Before the semester begins, your professors will let you know which days you will be expected in the classroom.

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NAUFlex remote

On the days you are not scheduled to be in the classroom, you will join the class through Zoom or through BB Learn with Collaborate Ultra. The technology will allow you to fully participate in the class from wherever you are.


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Instruction mode definitions


In-person

This class is delivered synchronously and in person, with some in-person participation required. Students and faculty participate in person at assigned physical locations at specific times.

Online

This class is delivered asynchronously and remotely. Students and faculty interact regularly though they are not required to be online simultaneously.

NAUFlex: In Person and Remote

This class is delivered synchronously with a mix of in-person and remote class sessions. Students and faculty meet at specific times, with some students participating in person at assigned physical locations and other students participating remotely.

NAUFlex: Fully Remote

This class is delivered synchronously and remotely. Students and faculty simultaneously participate in class sessions remotely at specific times.


FAQs for students


What is NAUFlex?

NAUFlex is a hybrid instruction model so all students can actively participate in the classroom, regardless if they are physically present or joining remotely. Instructors will let you know which days to be in the classroom and which days to join remotely with Zoom or through BB Learn with Collaborate Ultra.

Will all courses be taught using NAUFlex?

Yes, with only few exceptions. As you know, we have adjusted our semester schedule in response to health and safety concerns related to the pandemic. Classes begin virtually on January 11 and transition to including in-person instruction January 25, and the last day of finals is April 29.

Some courses may require some in-person assessment or interaction. Examples of these include: clinical courses, practicums, fine- and performing arts-related courses, internships, laboratories, and additional experiential-learning curriculum.

Your instructors will decide how much in-person activity is essential for their individual courses.

Can I choose whether to attend class in person at any given time?

Not necessarily. Due to distancing requirements and room capacities, some courses may have to limit the number of students who may attend in person. It will be up to your instructors to decide who attends on any given day. Before the start of classes, your instructors will let you know which class sessions you will attend in person and which you’ll attend remotely.

Do I have the option of attending completely remotely?

Students can refer to the instruction mode for their specific classes. Classes that have an instruction mode of ‘in-person’ will require in-person attendance and cannot be completed in a fully-remote manner. Other instruction modes (online and NAUFlex: Fully Remote) can be completed remotely.

Students that have schedules which permit fully-remote study will be contacted by the university to confirm their interest in fully-remote study, or whether they intend to attend in-person where possible. Students who are interested in fully-remote study but are enrolled in in-person classes can work with their advisors to modify their schedule appropriately, with the understanding that this may impact time-to-degree.

Please contact 928-523-9501 with any questions.

What if I can’t arrive to campus by the time the semester begins?

As you know, we have adjusted our semester schedule in response to health and safety concerns related to the pandemic. Classes begin virtually on January 11, transition to in-person classes January 25, and the last day of finals is April 29. Find detailed session deadlines on the Registrar’s website.

If you have questions about remote attendance for spring 2020, call 928-523-9501.

What is the final exam schedule for spring 2021?

The final exam schedule for spring 2021 is on the Registrar’s website.

Do I have to sign up for anything or register to participate in an NAUFlex class?

No. NAUFlex will be automatically integrated into your existing courses.

Will my classrooms have the upgraded technology needed for NAUFlex?

Yes. NAU staff has implemented the necessary technical upgrades to all classrooms. Updates include high-quality webcams and microphones, document cameras for whiteboarding, and interactive displays on lecterns for digital annotation.

Will I need to create any logins or have special technology to participate in classes remotely?

No, there is no additional technology needed to participate in your classes. You will need a computer with access to the internet and we strongly recommend access to a webcam. We also recommend you use Collaborate Ultra as it is integrated into Bb Learn. Classes may be streamed using Zoom or Microsoft Teams as determined for each course.

Will instructors take attendance in an NAUFlex class?

NAUFlex is equipped to monitor attendance. However, attendance taking will be decided on a course-by-course basis by faculty. Your instructor will let you know if/how attendance is taken.

Will NAUFlex impact my tuition?

Your tuition will not rise with NAUFlex. Tuition and fees are based on your academic program by campus. If some or all instruction for all or part of the academic year is delivered remotely, tuition and fees remain the same and will not be refunded.

How can I test Collaborate and Zoom before the semester begins?

It’s easy! Go to the Collaborate Test Room and Zoom Test Room to test and practice your technology at any time. It’s a great way to make sure your microphone, speakers, and camera work, and that you know how to access tools like Chat.

Does NAU have technology available to borrow or rent?

Cline Library currently loans laptops to students, but supplies are limited. There are computer labs on campus and most will be available throughout the semester.

Are recordings going to be made of every lecture and where are they stored?

Collaborate Ultra, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams all provide the option to record. Collaborate and Teams record to the cloud, while Zoom offers the option to record to the cloud or your computer. Zoom sessions may be set to record automatically, while Collaborate recordings must be launched from within the session.

What if I have low bandwidth or older equipment?

NAU has expanded and strengthened WiFi offerings throughout the state; see nau.edu/access for connection points and additional information. You can also use computers at Cline Library or an NAU computer lab.

How does NAUFlex impact students with disabilities?

Any student needing accommodations should contact NAU Disability Resources immediately to ensure that accommodations may be provided in a timely manner.


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