How to read course listings. Advising Frequently Asked Questions

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We have a plan: Keeping CVPA students safe, learning, and excelling. Whether you are a continuing, first-year, transfer student, or visiting student, the UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts has a plan to support your success during the COVID-19 pandemic. Love face-to-face courses? We plan to offer many face-to-face and hybrid courses this fall that will incorporate face-to-face time in the classroom or studio. Unable to come back to campus? There will be more courses offered online than in previous semesters, and armed with new lecture capture options, professors are in a better position to accommodate students who are unable to attend campus. Current course information can be found on the Courses Listing website.

We’re here for you! We recognize that many challenges exist for our student body during this time, and our primary goal is to avoid or minimize any instructional-related challenges as much as possible so everyone has the opportunity to learn and excel in the visual and performing arts.


Definitions and How to Read the Course Listings

Face-to-Face courses happen in real-time with the professor and students in the same space at the same time (with safe social distancing, face coverings, and/or other protocols). Several of our advanced studio and production courses will be offered exclusively in the face-to-face format.

Face-to-Face Courses can be identified by the word “Greensboro Main” in the Campus Column and they do not have any of the characteristics of a Hybrid Course (described below):

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Online courses are offered either synchronously or asynchronously with the professor and students in different locations. The course is then conducted virtually through a variety of virtual tools. When it comes to online learning, our faculty are engaged in ongoing professional development to help them in designing effective online courses and to prepare them to teach online.

Online Courses can be identified by the word “Online” in the Campus Column:

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Hybrid courses utilize a blend of elements found in both face-to-face and online courses. One popular variant of a hybrid course will include meeting face-to-face with only a portion of the students in a course on alternating days with the other portion of the course either engaging remotely or working independently. This format reduces the number of students in the room for every class meeting thereby facilitating social distancing protocols. Because of the online aspect of the hybrid format, these courses can also be offered in a synchronous or asynchronous format.

Hybrid Courses can be identified by one of two ways. Some hybrid courses are identifiable because they are split into subsections with the course meeting some days in a classroom, and other days online:

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Other hybrid courses are identifiable because when you click on the course name there will be a text in the notes tab identifying it as a hybrid course. For these courses, the professor will communicate whether the online portions of the course are synchronous, asynchronous, or a mix of both.

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Synchronous Learning is the kind of learning that happens in real-time. This means that you, your instructor, and your classmates will interact in a specific virtual place, through a specific online medium, at a specific time. Methods of synchronous online learning might include live-streaming of lectures, live chatting, and video conferencing to facilitate office hours and/or exam-review sessions. The advantages of synchronous learning include engaging in active learning, receiving immediate feedback, and community-building. Where appropriate (and with consent), synchronous events will be recorded and made available to view at a later time to allow flexibility.

Synchronous Courses can be identified because they have a specified meeting pattern:

This is an example of an hybrid-synchronous course (listed as Greensboro Main, but with days/times buildings/online indicated): Synchronous because day/time/locations are indicated, and Hybrid because one of the locations is in a room, and the other location is online.

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This is an example of an online-synchronous course (listed as Online, but with days/times indicated): Synchronous because days/times are listed, and online because that is listed as the campus.

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Asynchronous Learning is the kind of learning that happens with greater flexibility surrounding when you engage with the materials. Methods of asynchronous online learning might include self-guided lesson modules, pre-recorded lectures, posted class notes, interactions and discussion through Canvas discussion boards, and email. You will be afforded greater flexibility to access and complete these assignments at a time that is most convenient for you (while being provided with clear expectations and due dates). The advantages of asynchronous learning are the increased flexibility afforded by the anytime-anywhere mode of learning and opportunities to learn at your pace.

Asynchronous Courses can be identified because they do not have a specified meeting pattern of days and times:

This is an example of an online-asynchronous course (listed as online, but with no days/times indicated): Asynchronous because no day/time/room is listed and online because that is listed in the campus column.

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CVPA Undergraduate Advising Contacts

  • Jennifer Reich
    Director of Undergraduate Advising & Student Success
    Undergraduate Non-Education Majors with last names beginning with N-Z
    jvreich@uncg.edu
    336-256-0440
  • Sidney Stretz
    Undergraduate Academic Advisor
    Undergraduate Non-Education Majors with last names beginning with A-M
    srstretz@uncg.edu
    336-256-1475
  • Abigail Hart
    Student Services Specialist
    Undergraduate Arts Education Students
    abigail.hart@uncg.edu
    336-334-5572


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Frequently Asked Questions

Which courses will be offered in an online format?

We are offering a number of courses in an entirely online format. Current course information can be found on the Courses Listing website:
Online courses are noted with the word “Online” in the Campus column.

What if I can’t come to campus this fall but still want to progress towards my degree?

The CVPA is committed to doing everything we can to help students make timely progress towards their degree while maintaining the quality of their education. If your inability to come to campus is due to you or someone in your household being a member of a high-risk group, you can reach out to the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services and they will help you with facilitating course accommodations. For students who have other challenges, a number of our courses will be offered entirely online (see the question above.) Further, depending on the course material, the demand, and the available resources, faculty teaching Face-to-Face or Hybrid courses may be able to accommodate students wishing to take the course entirely online. In those circumstances you should reach out to the faculty member directly. In all circumstances, you should work closely with your advisor to plot the best path forward with minimal or no disruption.

I don’t like online courses. Is there an option for me?

Yes, we have many classes being offered as either face-to-face or as hybrid courses in which a portion of the course is offered in a face-to-face format. Current course information can be found on the Courses Listing website:
Courses which do not have the word “Online” in the Campus column are being offered as face-to-face or hybrid.

What if I get sick during the semester?

We are committed to accommodating students who experience personal challenges, including sickness, during the COVID-19 pandemic as best as we can. Where possible, we will provide the option for students to switch from face-to-face instruction to online instruction in our courses as needed. Options to make up missed assignments and exams or to receive an incomplete will be provided on a case-by-case basis. Speak with your professor but know that we are all seeking to be maximally flexible and accommodating to support you in navigating the unknown problems that may arise this fall.

Will I have to attend lectures at a particular time if I take an online course?

Several of our online courses and the online portion of our hybrid courses are offered entirely asynchronously, which means you don’t have to show up (or log in) at a particular time. We will also offer synchronous content for some of these courses to give you the opportunity to interact with your instructor in real time.

What technology is necessary for me to take an online course?

You will need a computer with internet access and the ability to send emails and log on to websites. Having a camera on your computer or phone is helpful for situations where your instructor may offer the opportunity to videoconference or give a presentation, but may not be required. For more information on computers and hardware, see the ReadyToLearn Technology Page, UNCG Student Laptop Program, IT Services to Students, UNCG Libraries Technology Checkout, and the KeepLearning Website. For more details about the specific technology requirements of your course, contact your professor. Not sure who that is? Current course and instructor information can be found on the Courses Listing website:

If I take an online course, how can I get help when I get stuck?

Our faculty will be available to answer your questions over email and with virtual office hours. In many courses we have teaching assistants available to provide additional help. We don’t want you to have to “teach yourself” and will be available to help you through the course material, just like we would for an in-person class. Also, the Division of Student Success offers Tutoring Services and Supplemental Instruction for many of our introductory courses.

What if the University changes their current plan to open for in-person classes this fall?

UNCG has announced our intention to open this fall with an adjusted academic calendar and new policies in place to respond to health concerns around the transmission of COVID-19 (see details). The College of Visual and Performing Arts is planning to open this fall for face-to-face classes, consistent with the recommendations of the University. However, we also recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic is a developing public health crisis and we, like the rest of the campus, will make decisions for this fall informed on the most up-to-date data. If at some point in the future the decision is made by the UNC System and  Governor not to open for in-person classes, we are prepared to provide the best online learning experience possible for our students, consistent with our three principles of equity, community building, and flexibility.

I have questions. Who can I talk to?

In general a good place to start will be your CVPA or School Advisor. For questions related to the specifics of a particular course, the professor for the course will be your best resource. If after pursuing these options you still have questions, you may want to reach out to your School’s Director, and if you still have questions please reach out to CVPA’s Associate Dean.

  • CVPA Undergraduate Advisors

Jennifer Reich
Director of Undergraduate Advising & Student Success
Undergraduate Non-Education Majors with last names beginning with N-Z
jvreich@uncg.edu
336-256-0440

Sidney Stretz
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Undergraduate Non-Education Majors with last names beginning with A-M
srstretz@uncg.edu
336-256-1475

Abigail Hart
Student Services Specialist
Undergraduate Arts Education Students
abigail.hart@uncg.edu
336-334-5572

  • School/Program Advisors

  • Course Instructors

  • School Directors

Chris Cassidy
Director for the School of Art
cmcassid@uncg.edu
336-256-1092

Janet Lilly
Director for the School of Dance
j_lilly@uncg.edu
336-334-3262

Dennis AsKew
Director for the School of Music
dwaskew@uncg.edu
336-334-5002

Natalie Sowell
Director for the School of Theatre
ndsowell@uncg.edu
336-334-4112

  • Associate Dean

Ken White
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
kdwhite@uncg.edu
336-334-3644