Boston University has taken proactive steps to minimize the spread of COVID-19 effective Monday, March 16, 2020, through the remainder of the spring semester. The key implications of this decision for the BUA community are as follows:
BUA and undergraduate classes will not meet in-person during this period. BUA and the University will limit or cease its in-person events, gatherings, or meetings for the duration of the academic year.
BUA faculty and staff have worked diligently to make the transition to remote learning. Teachers have developed alternative methods to deliver their course material online: this will be a combination of synchronous (students engage with material at the same time) and asynchronous (students engage with material in their own time) learning through a variety of technology and systems. The primary method of instruction will be live Zoom video meetings, but some classes may have asynchronous learning methods such as pre-taped videos, online resources, or collaborative work. To the extent possible, we will also work to bring student activities to life online, and are actively pursuing opportunities for virtual student connection. The remainder of the semester will not look or feel the same as if we were on campus together, but the BUA faculty and staff are dedicated to the education and well-being of their students and creative in their approach to teaching the material and working to support students; likewise, we know that students will be resilient and adaptive in their new remote learning environment.
We will learn as we go, and smooth out the bumps we encounter along the way. The strength of a community is measured in how it comes together in difficult or uncertain times: BUA will rise to meet — and exceed — the challenge.