The fall schedule of classes was built to meet diverse student learning needs, uphold academic quality and intellectual integrity, and honor faculty preferences while strongly prioritizing health and safety. To accomplish this, courses are offered in no contact (i.e. online in synchronous or asynchronous formats) and low contact hybrid (i.e. online with some face to face components including physical distancing and face mask wearing.)
As of August 2021, nearly all fall courses are to be delivered in online or hybrid modalities in addition to a small number of mission-critical face-to-face class sections. All course instruction will be delivered in one of the following formats:
- No Contact Course Delivery: Draw upon available learning technologies to deliver courses in 1) a fully online unscheduled (asynchronous) format or 2) a fully online format including scheduled (synchronous) course meetings.
- Low Contact Course Delivery: “Hybrid” course format combining asynchronous/synchronous online instruction with less frequent low contact face- to-face (F2F) instruction. This modality may also include course sections which offer simultaneous in-person and online instruction. Faculty teaching Hybrid course sections should document their instructional/course meeting plans with the appropriate Dean of Academic Affairs.
- In-Person Instruction: A limited number of in-person courses may be offered under specific conditions and with full adherence to CDC and campus guidelines. These courses will be permitted in order to meet external/specialized accreditation requirements requiring skills-based instruction.
Classrooms in which any in-person learning is scheduled to occur have been remapped with lower person count capacities and fixed furniture, and some include a designated/marked instructional “zone” from which faculty must teach. Additionally, students and faculty participating in the F2F settings shall be required to wear a face covering and maintain social distancing which may exceed the 3-foot CDC baseline. Large, socially-distanced classrooms for faculty-led exam proctoring may be scheduled by request with the WCC Testing Center.
Faculty conducting courses which include an in-person component agree to:
- Guide students to utilize provided cleaning supplies at the start and end of class as a supplement to enhanced cleaning to be conducted by Operations and Maintenance staff,
- Wear a face mask during all instructional activities and remind students of the requirement to do the same. Supplemental face shields are optional, and shall be provided to faculty by the institution.
- Avoid the use of cell phones, sharing of books, materials, supplies, equipment, tools, etc. to the greatest extent possible,
- Uphold 3-foot (or more) social distancing guidelines,
- Teach from and remain in the marked/designated faculty instructional zone,
- Do not adjust or move classroom furniture, and,
- Take attendance during all face-to-face class meetings and report unusual absences to the Dean of Academic Affairs or Department Chair.
Student Learning in the Era of COVID-19
Fall semester courses should focus on the achievement of designated course Student Learning Outcomes. In some cases, alternative pedagogies and/or different forms of assessment may best measure achievement of learning outcomes.
Faculty are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and build flexibility into their courses as a new wave of COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders or changes to campus operations could occur. Such occurrences could necessitate an immediate and sudden shift to remote delivery and/or modified course/campus operations.
Including field trips, internships, service learning, etc.
- Employees should ensure that students receive appropriate preparation and guidance regarding safety protocols for off-campus activities such as field trips, projects, teamwork, internships or clinical placements. In addition to normal safety procedures, guidance should include information about social distancing, face coverings, hand washing, transportation/bus/carpool protocol.
- Students must sign and submit waiver forms before attending any off-campus activities. Faculty shall submit a Field Trip Notification Form (located in the “Documents” section of the Intranet) to the Dean of Academic Affairs at the start of the semester.
The Library will be open Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Students must show their LumiSight UH credentials prior to entering the Library. Seat reservations are required. Study tables on the Library Lanai will be offered for students to sit at and access the campus wi-fi. No reservations are needed for the Library Lanai. Seating both in the library and on the Library Lanai is limited. Library operating hours are subject to change based on the progression of the pandemic.
Reference assistance via phone, chat, text, and email will be available Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm and Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Laptops are available for semester-long loans. Please call 808-235-7436 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a laptop pick-up appointment.
For updated information, please visit: https://library.wcc.hawaii.edu/COVID-19
The Testing Center at Windward Community College provides in-person make-up, retest, accommodation, and placement test proctoring services in a safe and secure environment.
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Testing is done by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling or emailing the Testing Center or by visiting our website.
A large classroom is available to be reserved by instructors who would like to administer their own exams to their whole class in a larger room. Please contact the Testing Center to reserve the room. Reservations are done on a first-come, first-served basis.
Social distancing, mandatory face-coverings, regular cleaning, and other safety measures have been implemented for in-person testing.
Jesse Soileau, Testing Center Manager
Ka Piko Tutoring and Embedded Tutoring
Ka Piko at Windward Community College provides free Math and Writing tutoring for all WCC students. Our goal is to help students build the skills they need in order to be successful in college and beyond.
Ka Piko Tutoring (Math Lab, Writing Lab) is virtual via Zoom and can be accessed by students two ways:
- Via personal device (computer/laptop, smartphone, tablet)
- From one of our tutoring rooms in the Library (Hale Laʻakea)
For more information, including tutoring schedules and instructions on how to connect, visit go.hawaii.edu/A42
Tutor.com provides free 24/7, online, on-demand tutoring for a variety of subjects. Students can access Tutor.com services via hawaii.edu/tutor/.
Ka Piko Student Tech Support
Ka Piko Student Tech Support provides technical support to all current WCC students. For more information or to connect with a Ka Piko Tech Assistant, students can contact us through email or by visiting the student tech support website.