In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Arcadia University developed an All-Modes Ready plan to continue providing quality academic and social experiences for students.
About All-Modes Ready
The All-Modes Ready approach enables Arcadia to teach All-modes classes where most students are in person and some are learning remotely. Some classes will still be offered online and a small number of classes will be in person without a remote option. Our instructional and student engagement efforts will continue to rest on updated information related to Health and Safety.
Learning, Studying, and Connecting on Campus
When learning online, creating a routine or structure for yourself will help you stay grounded, connect to your course experiences, and succeed. This includes scheduling your days, adopting studying and test-taking strategies, learning how to best work in groups, staying engaged and motivated, and practicing self care.
Try to keep to your set schedule. If you usually wake up at 9 a.m. every day, continue to do so. Do your classwork at the time you normally would, or the time you would normally have that class. This makes it feel like you are still following a normal routine!”
— Haley Bibey ’21, Biology (Pre-Medicine) major, Spanish minor
This semester, students will need a device (laptop or tablet) with a camera and microphone that can run applications such as Zoom and platforms such as Canvas. Students will also need regular access to a high-speed internet connection. If you don’t have the required technology or internet access, students can contact the Help Desk at email@example.com to discuss options.
Note on exams in Canvas: You may need to prepare for some aspects of online exams differently than you do for exams in the classroom. If exams or quizzes are being conducted via Canvas and you are allocated extra time as an accommodation, your professors will know how to extend the time of the exam. You can check in with them in advance to set this up.
Developing Workspaces at Home
This semester, creating a happy, productive academic workspace, whether your on campus or working from home—and knowing how to get help when you need it—will be key. How you set up your workspace where you are living can have a significant impact on your success, motivation, and enjoyment of your coursework. Read more about tips for creating a successful workspace.
Don't forget to get outside for some fresh air and exercise. Even if it’s a short one, going for a walk between classes or on a break from schoolwork is a great way to clear your head and stay healthy. Our bodies are used to walking around campus every day!”
The LRN supports students through a flexible, peer-tutoring approach, addressing the needs and preferences of diverse learners. You can make an appointment to engage with tutors and access tips on a range of topics, from test-taking to stress management.
DSS provides services and coordinates academic accommodations for students with documented disabilities, whether visible (physical, visual, or hearing) or hidden (learning disability, ADHD, Autism, psychiatric, etc).
Remember that it's okay to ask for help! The LRN is there to support you, but so are your professors, advisers, classmates, and friends. Don't be afraid to reach out.”
— Carlie Banchi ’20, Actuarial Science and Honors Program graduate
Center for Teaching, Learning, and Mentoring (CTLM)
The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Mentoring (CTLM) supports Arcadia’s innovative pedagogies and adaptive strategies, working with all groups on campus to support transformative learning experiences. Learn more at the CTLM Website Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Division of Civic and Global Engagment is ready to assist you in exploring the world and planning your next adventure. Limited in-person study abroad opportunities are available to students, along with an expanded Arcadia Abroad Online portfolio, including virtual, global internships and programs. Study away advisers are available to meet with you virtually about your study abroad goals.
Preview 2021 and Spring 2021 GFS courses will be held virtually, connecting students with people and places in the U.S. and around the world in an innovative online format. Students interested in Preview or GFS courses should contact the Office of International Programs at email@example.com.
Boost your resume and gain international work experience with a virtual internship in Edinburgh, London, or Dublin. Virtual Global Internships offer guaranteed internship placements customized to your interests and supported through a 4-credit course taught by local faculty.
Intern Philly is a dynamic new program that will help you kickstart your professional life. In spring 2021, Intern Philly will offer 4-credit internship placements based in Philadelphia that can be completed virtually.
Using platforms such as Canvas and Zoom, students and faculty can engage both synchronously (in real-time) and asynchronously (regardless of location or time of day). The overarching principles of online learning at Arcadia University—which may be used in conjunction with best practices of specific disciplines—include: