Teaching and Learning

Last updated: February 24, 2021 at 12:56 PM

Teaching in the Spring Semester

Brandeis continues to follow a hybrid teaching and learning model. Classes are being conducted either primarily in person, remotely or through a combination of both approaches.

Faculty who are teaching in person must be prepared to move their course online should the public health need arise. Faculty who are teaching in person also need to be able to accommodate students who may need to go into quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19.

Faculty who are looking for assistance with course design or the challenges of teaching in different formats are encouraged to connect with the Library for resources that can help.

Academic Calendar and Schedule

Research and Creative Inquiry

Brandeis is scaling up its research activities in a careful and gradual three-phase process consistent with our commitment to campus health and safety. This includes separate plans for scaling up research in the sciences and creative arts activities.

Brandeis is currently in Phase 2a. This means the number of people allowed in labs (including principal investigators, graduate students, postdocs, undergraduate students, and other technical staff) stands at 60% of the usual density. Any researcher who can continue to work remotely will be required to do so. This density only applies to science labs, not the library or art studios. 

Learn more about research at brandeis

Office Availability

Faculty and research scholars who are not already teaching on campus may use their offices on the basis of protocols established by each school and unit. These protocols include occupancy restrictions, signage and foot traffic controls in place to maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet, and additional new cleaning protocols. These protocols have been communicated by the appropriate dean or department head; if you have questions, reach out to them.

Faculty who have been authorized to return to campus must complete the mandatory COVID-19 Safety Training module, complete the mandatory Daily Health Assessment every day they come to campus, wear a mask at all times outdoors and indoors (except when in your office alone and the door is closed), maintain 6 feet of distance from other community members, and undertake mandatory COVID-19 testing (once or twice a week, depending upon frequency of campus visits).

The return of faculty or research scholars to their campus offices is subject to the approval by their school dean or the vice provost for research.

Technology

Many classrooms and teaching spaces have been updated and upgraded with technology, including the Echo360 video platform, to meet the needs of the hybrid model. 

In-classroom technology support will continue to be provided by Media Technology Services.