COVID-19 FAQ | Technological Leadership Institute

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How Will COVID-19 Impact My Education?
Frequently Asked Questions 

Opportunities in Uncertain Times

Along with all the uncertainty this pandemic has caused lies endless opportunities for innovative leaders eager to help shape the “next normal”. It is an exciting time to be in technology. The industry is hungry for motivated individuals with the right skills and forward-thinking ideas to lead the next generation forward. It is a perfect time to invest in your future, but we know our current and prospective students have a lot of questions about the fall semester. We have compiled a list of some of our most frequently asked questions to help guide you in your decisions.   

 

How does TLI plan to conduct classes this fall?

Barring any major changes with COVID-19, TLI plans to offer a blend of in-person, remote and hybrid learning for the fall semester 2020. All programs will continue to be taught in the cohort model, allowing the same strong relationship-building, interactive and in-depth discussions, and ongoing networking that have been pillars of our programs.

When will I know which courses will be remote and which will be in-person?

It will be up to each instructor to determine the delivery of their course. Many courses may incorporate multiple methods of instruction over the duration of the semester. Class schedules with more details on the teaching method of each individual course will be released by our Educational Services team in late July.

What if I am unable or uncomfortable returning to campus?

The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority. Those who are either unable or uncomfortable to be in a classroom setting during this pandemic will always have the option to attend all in-person classes live online. Please contact your instructor or Director of Graduate Studies to make arrangements.

How will online classes be conducted? I’m concerned I won’t be getting the same value as I would in the classroom.

Students can expect the same quality content and high-caliber instruction from industry-leading experts whether they are learning remotely or in the classroom. To ensure that, most courses delivered remotely will be done so synchronously. The robust classroom discussions that allow our students to share and learn from one another’s diverse backgrounds are a cornerstone of our programs. We found conducting remote learning live, in real-time preserves that experience. The efficiency of remote learning also allows instructors and students to get the most out of their time together. We also believe live remote learning provides an added benefit by providing students the opportunity to learn to collaborate and lead in a virtual environment that may well be our “next normal”. 

What can I expect from the classroom experience this fall?

While the high-quality, relevant content will remain the same, the physical experience will look different for the safety and protection of everyone. The University of Minnesota now requires masks to be worn in all indoor facilities and some outdoor locations on campus. Students will be required to following social distancing protocols and keep a distance of at least 6 feet apart from one another.  For students protection, instructors will wear face shields, masks or instruct from behind a plexiglass divider and hand sanitizer, masks, gloves and temperature checks will be available in the classroom. While we are excited to get back to the classroom and see our students face-to-face, we want to ensure it is a safe environment for everyone.

What other changes can I expect during the fall semester?

Food and parking will not be provided for MOT students during the fall semester. The cost of each will be deducted from student fees until we are able to safely provide those services again.

How long will these changes be in place?

The blended learning plan laid out above is only for the fall semester at this time.  We intend to return to in-person learning as soon as we are able. As technology leaders we know well the importance of adapting to evolving situations and environments. We will continue to be flexible, thoughtful and fluid in our planning. We encourage your feedback so together we can build the best possible experience.

Have additional questions? Visit our COVID-19 Resources & Information page, or contact us at tli-info@umn.edu or call us at 612-624-5747.