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Academic Instruction

As NSU reopens this spring, the University will offer a range of different course delivery options.

The health and safety of our students and faculty are our top priority in setting all class modes of instruction.  The NSU Course Delivery Modalities for Spring Semester 2021 document will help you understand what you can expect from your classes and will guide you in making informed decisions as to which course types are right for you.

Please follow the link below for an interactive video explaining the different modes of instruction available to students.

Course Delivery Modalities Spring 2021 


In-person instruction

  • Students and faculty are required to practice physical/social distancing.
  • Students and faculty are required to wear facemasks or cloth face coverings to reduce the potential spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, from person to person.
  • Students and faculty are encouraged to procure or make their own facemasks/cloth face coverings to protect themselves and their peers to supplement University-provided face coverings. The University will make facemasks available to students.
  • Students and faculty are also encouraged to use hand-sanitizing stations at entrances to classroom buildings prior to entering and leaving classrooms.
  • Students and faculty are further encouraged to bring hand sanitizer with them and sanitizing wipes to disinfect the surfaces of desks and learning stations both before and after use.
  • Student, faculty, and staff who are experiencing symptoms consistent with coronavirus infection are advised to stay home, to avoid coming to campus/classroom and to seek care from either the campus Spartan Health Center (students) or their independent healthcare provider (faculty and staff).
  • Any student who is unable or unwilling to wear a mask or face covering, for whatever reason, should consider online courses, as face coverings will be required for in-person classes.

Online Instruction

Online classes will be asynchronous, with possible synchronous elements.

  • The Remote Learning Guide has been posted to help students prepare to learn effectively online.
  • Faculty will continue training to teach effectively online.
  • Colleges, schools and departments will provide the technology specifications needed for the online courses and tools for learning online, including Blackboard, Microsoft Teams, etc.
  • Academic advisors, tutors, counselors and writing assistance, career services and other experiential learning opportunities, etc., will be available for all online learners.
  • Online learners with additional needs will be able to access accommodations.
  • Online learners will be provided with a list of support services and personnel for additional help.
  • Online learners will know who to speak with if there are difficulties learning in class.