Course Modalities

Youngstown State University is committed to providing an excellent academic experience during this pandemic. The method of delivery for each class is determined after a thorough assessment by deans, department chairs, faculty and other campus experts. Classes are assessed to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment, quality instruction and engagement with faculty.

Course Modalities

  • Traditional (TR) class instruction will continue to be offered this fall. Students will attend class on campus but maintain social distancing, health and safety protocols.
    • Set Day/Time
    • Set Location
    • 100% In-Person Class Meetings
  • Agile-Hybrid Campus and Virtual Campus will be new instructional methods for the fall.  These modalities will be a combination approach using traditional face-to-face and virtual instruction methods, which allows the university to meet necessary safety measures while maintaining a consistent academic experience for students.
    • Set Day/Time
    • Set Location and Online Class Meetings
    • May have some in-person class meetings
    • May have live video conference class meetings or broadcasts from the “classrooms of the future” weekly
  • Online Live will be a new instructional method for the fall.  This approach will provide a completely online class with live instruction.
    • Set Day/Time
    • Set Online Class Meetings
    • No In-Person Class Meetings
    • Live Video Conference Meetings
  • Web-Based (WB) will continue to be offered this fall.  Students work with the deadlines established by the course instructor.
    • No set day/time
    • No In-Person Class Meetings
    • 100% Online Learning Experience
  • The Office of the Registrar anticipates most students’ schedules will have a combination of all class modalities.
  • Students should review their “active registration” in the portal to see if some of their class instructional methods have changed.
  • Students may adjust their fall registration through the last day to add a class, change a grading option, and/or change a credit option deadline; those deadlines are listed for each part of term on the Calendars page.
  • The fall classroom assignment schedule is still under development as we move courses into different classrooms to accommodate reduced class sizes; we suggest that students check their active registration in the portal for traditional, agile-hybrid campus

 How to Access Your “Active Registration”

  1. Log in to the PenguinPortal
  2. Under "e-Service for Students", select "Access My Student Information"
  3. The Student and Financial Aid menu will populate; select “Registration”
  4. Select “Active Registration” to view your instructional method for each course in which you are registered

How to Search the Schedule of Classes for Different Instructional Methods

  1. Log in to the PenguinPortal
  2. Under “e-Service for Students”, select “Register for Classes”
  3. Select the Fall 2020 term when prompted
  4. Select “Look Up Classes” to review the Schedule of Classes
  5. Select the Fall 2020 term when prompted
  6. Click on the “Advanced Search” button
  7. Highlight a course subject to highlight all subjects if you want to review all courses.
  8. Select the Instructional Method you wish to search by (i.e., Agile Campus Hybrid)
  9. Click on the “Section Search” button to review the results.
  • How will I know how my courses will be taught?

    If you are already registered for classes, you’ll need to log in to the PenguinPortal and review your “active registration” to see each course’s instructional method. If you are actively registering, you will need to click on the CRN of the course in which you wish to register to see the instructional method currently assigned to that course section.

  • I’ve already registered for fall courses.  How will I know if my course delivery method changed?

    If you are already registered for classes, you’ll need to log in to the PenguinPortal and review your “active registration” to see each course’s instructional method. Any changes to course delivery should be finalized by the end of July.  Course classroom changes may take longer as we continue to move classes due to reduced class sizes.  You should review your active registration for in-person class meetings right before you come to campus for the latest location assignment.

  • My course changed to online-live or web-based, but I don’t like remote courses. How do I change my schedule?

    You can change your schedule without penalty until the last day to add a course. See instructions on How to Register. You may also call (330)941-6000 to have a professional staff member at the Penguin Service Center assist you with the process.