COVID-19 Update for Continuing and International Education Students

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Last updated May 11, 2020

As part of the University of Miami’s proactive response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to prioritize the health and safety of our community and the broader communities we serve, many Summer 2020 Division of Continuing and International Education programs that are traditionally taught on campus will be offered remotely. This decision is guided by the recommendations of leading health officials and intended to reduce the potential of the spread of the coronavirus. Select courses may transition to on-campus instruction later in the summer if it is deemed safe to do so.

Please refer to the information listed below for updates specific to your program. For all University advisories and links to additional resources, visit coronavirus.miami.edu

Program Updates

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  • Bachelor of General Studies, non-degree courses, and credit certificate programs

    For students enrolled in the Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) program, non-degree courses, or credit certificate programs, the Division has made decisions consistent with the University of Miami's proactive response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    We recognize that the measures outlined below may be disruptive, but they are guided by the recommendations of leading health officials and by our priority to safeguard the health and well-being of our community.

    • Summer sessions will be conducted remotely. Select courses in Summer C may transition to on-campus instruction later in the summer if it is deemed safe to do so.
    • Extended advising hours for Bachelor of General Studies students are available Monday through Thursday via Navigate. If you have any questions, please call 305-284-2727 on Mondays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Outside of course instruction, all University operations will continue as normal, and faculty and staff are expected to maintain their normal work schedules and activities.

    To help faculty create online courses that engage learners, the Division's Distance Learning Institute (DLI) launched the DLI Online Course Development Series. The series offers open forums that focus on transitioning to a successful online learning model. To register for a session or learn more, visit dli.dcie.miami.edu.

    Additional resources for faculty members and students are located on the University's academic and business continuity site.

    Students have been sent an email from the B.G.S. and non-degree staff that indicate important next steps.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your B.G.S. team at bgs@miami.edu or 305-284-2727.

  • Noncredit professional certificate programs

    For students enrolled in a noncredit, professional certificate program, the Division has made decisions consistent with the University of Miami’s proactive response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    We recognize that our actions may be disruptive, but they are guided by the recommendations of leading health officials and by our priority to safeguard the health and well-being of our community.

    Students have been contacted directly by phone and/or email with specific instructions regarding their program.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact opa@miami.edu or Torie Anderson at tea31@miami.edu or 305-284-4881.

  • Intensive English Program, Intensive Spanish Program, and custom language programs

    For students enrolled in the Intensive English (IEP) Program, Intensive Spanish Program, or customized language programs, the Division has made decisions consistent with the University of Miami’s proactive response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    We recognize that the measures outlined below may be disruptive, but they are guided by the recommendations of leading health officials and by our priority to safeguard the health and well-being of our community.

    All students have been contacted directly by phone and/or email with specific instructions regarding their program.

    For IEP students:

    • IEP classes are being conducted remotely on Blackboard during the regular class days and times.
    • Your teacher will be on Blackboard at the regular class days and times, and they will take attendance. The same IEP attendance policy applies to these remote courses:
      • 10 minutes or more late = .5 absence
      • Students need to maintain 85% attendance   

    How can you prepare to take your classes remotely?

    • The IEP staff will send videos that will explain how to log into Blackboard and use the tools for your classes.
    • Students will need an iPad, tablet, laptop, or personal computer to connect to their IEP classes remotely (your cell phone is not recommended).
    • Students will need an Internet connection for their personal computer or device.
    • Faculty and staff are available to support students during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.).   

    Classes will be delivered remotely on Blackboard until further notice. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and make further announcements regarding whether on-campus instruction will be deemed safe to do so.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please call or email the IEP team at iep@miami.edu or 305-284-2752.

  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI at UM)

    For members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI at UM), the Division has made decisions consistent with the University of Miami’s proactive response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    We recognize that the measures outlined below may be disruptive, but they are guided by the recommendations of leading health officials and by our priority to safeguard the health and well-being of our community.

    • All OLLI at UM classes will meet remotely through Zoom until further notice.
    • All OLLI at UM clubs are canceled until further notice.
    • A full list of online courses is available here.
    • Classes will be held on your regularly scheduled day and time.
    • You will receive an email from your instructor prior to the beginning of class with instructions.

    If your class has been canceled, you may:

    • Attend another class - please email us at osher@miami.edu.
    • Receive a partial refund for the remainder of the course. You do not need to contact us.

    For instructions on how to access your remote class through Zoom, please refer to the information listed below:

    • Join the meeting from your computer (works best), tablet, or smartphone.
    • Download the application on your smartphone from your app store.
    • You will receive an email from your instructor and you can click on the meeting link or call the number indicated.
    • If you are new to Zoom, please get the app now to be ready when your first meeting starts.
    • Log in at least five minutes before the start of the class. Attendance will be taken during each class session.

    To ensure success in your online class, please:

    • Choose a quiet location that will allow you to focus solely on the class.
    • If you can purchase a headset, this can be useful to eliminate outside noise.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Magda Vergara at mtv25@miami.edu or 305-284-6554.

  • Summer Scholars Program

    As part of the University of Miami’s proactive response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to prioritize the health and safety of our community and the broader communities we serve, we will be moving the delivery of the Summer Scholars Program to a remote format for Summer 2020.

    We recognize that this decision may be disruptive, but it is intended to reduce the potential of the spread of the coronavirus and guided by the recommendations of leading health officials.

    Students will receive an email with details outlining their next steps.

    If you have any questions, please email ssp@miami.edu or dial 305-284-5078.

If your program is not above, please email umcontinue@miami.edu