Frequently asked questions about IUGFS Virtual Field Courses
- What is the format for the Virtual Courses?
Most of each course will be self-paced with videos, other media, and project work posted online. There will be self-paced short online quizzes after some lesson modules and online project turn-in deadlines most days. There will also be daily ~30-minute-long group Zoom Q&A sessions with faculty plus the ability to schedule one-on-one Zoom discussion sessions with faculty or associate instructors. Both the group Q&A and one-on-one discussion sessions are provided as help sessions and are “as needed” voluntary sessions for the students.
There will be approximately 25 to 30 hours of instructional material and project work each week. It is nominally set up as 5 to 6 hours per day, Monday-Friday. Weeks will end on Friday at 5 pm MDT. Each week’s projects must be completed during that week, we won’t allow turn-in deadlines to slide into the following week. While we will not require work on weekends, we will post the following week’s material early Saturday morning for students who want to spread their work out over more days.
Within reason, we want to provide as much help as needed for each student. Some of the details have not yet been worked out and, if needed, may change as the course progresses (e.g., will there be multiple group Q&A sessions spread throughout a normal 8am to 5pm workday in all four L48 time zones?).
- When will the Virtual Courses be taught?
The same dates as were scheduled for the face-to-face courses, June 28 – August 8.
- What is the application process?
The application process remains the same as for the face-to-face courses. It requires an application form, unofficial transcript, and letter of recommendation.
- What is the application deadline?
Applications will stay open until mid-June or until we reach the 75 student maximum capacity of the course. Right now there are still plenty of spaces available.