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We are fully online this summer!

To ensure everyone’s health and safety, all Summer School sessions are now online for summer 2020.

Based on the expectation that social distancing will continue throughout the summer, the Brandeis Summer School will now offer all of the 5-week courses in Undergraduate Summer Session 1 and Session 2 via “remote learning.” As in past years, we will also offer a number (now greatly expanded) of 10-week asynchronous online classes.

What is the difference between 5-week Session 1 and Session 2 courses, and 10-week Session O?
  • Session 1 (June 1 – July 3, 2020) and Session 2 (July 6 – August 7, 2020) will offer five-week courses via “remote learning,” through which you’ll engage with instructors and classmates by utilizing Zoom for synchronous meetings, as well as LATTE.

 

  • Session O (June 1 – August 9, 2020) will also offer a number of 10-week asynchronous online classes. As in past years, Session O courses at Brandeis are generally presented asynchronously using a common structured calendar of readings, assignments, and interactions with classmates. You do not need to be online in front of your computer at set days and times each week. Instead, you’ll have shared course deadlines for completing the readings, watching and creating videos, submitting assignments, critiquing peer work, posting original and thoughtful contributions to online discussion forums, and replying to classmates.
What skills do I need to succeed in an online course?
  • Strong reading and writing skills: our courses rely on written material, recorded video, and podcasts. In addition to weekly readings, course content may include weekly online “lecture notes,” supplemental readings, articles, case studies, and discussions. You’ll participate in the course through regular, written assignments, discussion posts, and project work.

 

  • Effective time-management skills: using the syllabus, weekly checklists, and an online calendar and assignments tool, you’ll follow the course schedule and meet weekly assignment expectations. Expect to spend 18-22 hours per week in a 10-week course, and 36-44 hours per week in a 5-week course (including the live “remote learning” class meetings).

 

  • Comfort with the technology: you’ll learn to use online learning technology effectively. All online summer courses are based within the Brandeis LATTE system, the University’s online learning environment. Remote learning courses will utilize Zoom. Many courses will also use other online tools, like the creation of videos, sharing of files, development of Google Slides, Sheets, and Docs, as well as specialized programs developed for the subject matter.
What courses are being offered in the 10-week session online, and in the 5-week sessions?

Visit our course listings page. Then, to find the 10-week asynchronous online classes, use the “Choose which sessions to display” filter at the top of the page to select “Session 0” (Online) to view just the courses that will be offered 10-week asynchronous online.  The 5-week “remote learning” courses will be listed as Session 1 or Session 2, along with the dates and times of the online class meetings.

Registration will open soon!

The schedule and offering of summer are subject to change, and with the announcement that all classes will be online, a few courses have changed sessions, dates, and times. So be sure to review the Summer School course offerings and check your Sage account to confirm that you don’t have any holds that could prevent you from registering.

Sign up or visit our website to get the most up-to-date information about summer classes!

Advisor Perspective: How to get the most out of summer

Without a doubt, it can be difficult, at times, to listen to someone telling you to do something.  In this case, it is important to know and understand that anything and everything that your advisor tells you is really for your best interest.  Professors here want all of their students and advisees to succeed.

When mapping out your schedule for the duration of your time here at Brandeis, it is imperative that you keep in mind the vast availability of summer courses.  This can help you reach your goals faster and in a more efficient manner.  Each semester should be used to its fullest potential.  And why not maximize the degree of education that you can receive?  The work that you put in will be beneficial in years to come.

To get the most out of summer, meet with your academic advisor to discuss your options and your hypothetical paths that will ultimately lead to your graduation.  Summer is really the perfect opportunity to catch up, get ahead, or to experience new and unique courses.

However, it is important to keep in mind that since the summer modules are much shorter, there needs to be a high level of dedication from you, the student.  The professors will be teaching at a relatively faster speed, but it will definitely be manageable if your priorities are set in the right place.

Overall, pick subjects that you are interested in because there will be a lot of time devoted to learning the material and acing papers, exams, and assignments.

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