For the Fall 2020 semester, Boston University will offer classes through a blended modality of remote and in-person learning known as Learn from Anywhere (LfA). This new modality will enable students to participate in the classroom, or remotely, when necessary.
BU is committed to providing a residential education as a matter of pedagogical principle. The LfA approach will allow us to comply with expected public health guidelines by de-densifying our classrooms, while still allowing for face-to-face learning and to accommodate COVID-19 related needs of individual students, faculty, and staff, as appropriate. In addition, this approach will allow us to accommodate international students who, due to visa challenges or travel restrictions, cannot arrive in Boston in a timely fashion. Finally, LfA will enable us to pivot quickly and smoothly to fully remote learning, should the public health situation deteriorate to an extent that such a move is required.
In the LfA model, some students will meet in the classroom, while others will participate remotely via Zoom. The number of students attending class in-person will be contingent on the classroom size, and we will need to alternate in-class attendance through a rotation plan. Therefore, you will not be attending in-person in every class session. Classes will also include significant remote components, including (for example) online lectures, discussion forums and remote office hours and TA sessions. Office hours and TA sessions will be scheduled to accommodate the needs of students participating remotely in different time zones.