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Summer Remote Learning

Summer 2020

Summer Remote Learning

To ensure the continued health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, Georgia Tech offers remote learning through Summer 2020. The summer remote learning program enables you to earn credits this summer even though on-campus, face-to-face classes are still not possible. We have adapted courses for remote learning in Summer 2020 based on the best practices learned from the adaptation of remote instruction during Spring 2020.

Prior to Summer 2020, online undergraduate courses were offered in summer through the SOUP program. SOUP was coordinated by Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE). In Summer 2020, now that all classes (undergraduate and graduate) will be delivered remotely, there is no SOUP program. All students taking summer classes will be taking summer remote learning courses, so it makes no difference if you take a Q-section or an A-section course. Your student experience will be the same.

Because there is no on-campus instruction this summer, faculty will not be recorded delivering their lectures to students in the classroom. Instead, they will be delivering their lectures virtually from their homes directly to students in video conferences in synchronous classes or directly to the camera in asynchronous classes. The other difference this summer is that in-person proctoring will not be an option.

Remote delivery of courses entails live lectures via video conference or pre-recorded lectures that are posted for you to view in your own time. Faculty can choose to deliver their courses synchronously or asynchronously. Synchronous delivery requires all students in the course to attend lectures at the same time. Asynchronous delivery allows students greater flexibility. Faculty who decide to deliver their instructional content synchronously follow a specific class schedule. Students taking asynchronous courses can view their lectures and work on their courses in their own time provided they meet deadlines set by faculty. To find out how your courses are delivered, contact your course faculty.

For information on courses, registration, and deadlines, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Education – Summer Session.

Frequently Asked Questions

Summer Remote Learning
Why is Georgia Tech offering remote learning in Summer 2020?

To ensure the continued health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, Georgia Tech offers remote learning through Summer 2020. The summer remote learning program enables students to earn credits over the summer even though on-campus, face-to-face classes are still not possible. We have adapted courses for remote learning in Summer 2020 based on the best practices learned from the adaptation of remote instruction during Spring 2020.

What is the difference between Summer Online Undergraduate Program (SOUP) and Summer Remote Learning?

Prior to Summer 2020, online undergraduate courses were offered in summer through the SOUP program.  SOUP was coordinated by Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE).

In Summer 2020, now that all classes (undergraduate and graduate) will be delivered remotely, there is no SOUP program. Because there is no on-campus instruction this summer, faculty will not be recorded delivering their lectures to students in the classroom. Instead, they will be delivering their lectures virtually from their homes directly to students in video conferences in synchronous classes or directly to the camera in asynchronous classes. The other difference this summer is that in-person proctoring will not be an option.

Is remote learning the same as online learning?

Online learning and remote learning differ in fundamental ways. At Georgia Tech, online learning programs are purposely designed for instruction to take place solely online. Remote learning, on the other hand, mimics face-to-face instruction using technology to engage with students.

How does remote learning work? (Synchronous vs. Asynchronous)

Remote delivery of courses entails live lectures via video conference or pre-recorded lectures that are posted for students to view in their own time. Faculty can choose to deliver their courses synchronously, which requires all students in the course to attend lectures at the same time, or asynchronously to allow students greater flexibility. Faculty who decide to deliver their instructional content synchronously follow a specific class schedule. Students taking asynchronous courses can view their lectures and work on course content in their own time provided they meet deadlines set by faculty.

How do I tell if a course is offered synchronously or asynchronously?

Most summer courses in OSCAR have been tagged with attributes “SYNC” or “ASYN” to denote how the course will be delivered. Students may reference their individual schedule and get up-to-date information on their courses directly in the OSCAR Schedule of Classes. The “SYNC” and “ASYN” attributes are listed in the course details for each section. Updates are being made on a regular basis as final decisions are made by instructors.

How does tuition work for Summer 2020?
  • In- and out-of-state rates still apply and are based on the students’ residency status.
  • Out-of-state students who were registered to participate in faculty-led study abroad (FLSA) programs, or who were slated to attend Georgia Tech Lorraine (GTL), in summer 2020 will pay the lower tuition rates based on the program they planned to attend. For FLSA programs, this is the in-state tuition rate. For GTL students, this is in the in-state tuition rate plus $5,000.
  • All mandatory/course fees have been eliminated with the exception of the Special Institutional Fee and Technology Fee.
  • If a student qualifies for the Mandatory Student Health Insurance premium, they will still be charged the premium for summer and they can apply for a waiver if they have other comparable insurance.
How will grading work?

Georgia Tech’s grading policies will be in place as in any typical summer. Courses designated with a pass/fail option, can be taken as such if selected by the grade mode change deadline. Students should consult with their academic advisors before selecting the pass/fail option, if available for that course, to ensure that the course does not need to be taken for a letter grade to meet degree requirements.

What are the class sizes? How many students can be accommodated per class?

We are currently working on increasing class sizes for the most in-demand courses.

I am registered for an on-campus section of the class. Do I need to register for the online version?

No. If you have already registered for an on-campus section, you do not need to register again. All courses will be delivered remotely this summer, so there is no difference between Atlanta campus section and Q-section courses this summer.

For international students, or for other students who reside in different time zones than Atlanta’s (EDT), what considerations will be made for time zone differences?

Each class will be handled by the individual faculty instructor. We encourage students to inform faculty of their specific situations.

Will international students, remaining in their home country for the summer, be able to take summer courses without their visa status being affected?

Summer 2020 courses will be delivered remotely, so you can take them from any location in the world as long as you have an internet connection. For more information about summer enrollment and visa status, please see the OIE International Student FAQ.

For classes that require labs, including Physics 2211 and 2212, how do labs work?

To find out about lab requirements, please contact the faculty member teaching the course. Lab requirements are specific to each course, so faculty teaching the courses can best respond to questions about individual remote learning lab structure and requirements.

Will lectures be live, or will they be recorded?

All Summer 2020 courses will be delivered remotely and may include live video conference lectures or pre-recorded lectures. It is up to faculty members to decide whether to deliver their lectures live or to pre-record them. To find out how your course will be delivered, please reach out to the faculty member teaching the course.

How will exams work? Is it different by class?

Exam methods for summer courses are set by the faculty teaching the courses and may include online proctored exams or take-home exams. Please note that paper exams with in-person proctoring will not be required nor offered in Summer 2020.

Do students need a proctor for exams this summer?

Exam methods are set by the faculty teaching the courses and may include online proctored exams or take-home exams. To find out more about exam proctoring, please reach out to the specific faculty member teaching your course.

Will campus and academic support services be available online this summer?

Yes, many student services, including academic support, will be offered in online formats this summer. Information about finding campus services and academic support services can be found here.

Questions?