Important Information for Fall 2020

Schedule Changes 

To provide you with a safer learning environment in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, changes to your Fall 2020 class schedule are likely. You will stay enrolled in the courses you have currently signed up for but the way many courses are delivered will be modified (e.g., a traditional face-to-face course may change to a blended course where part is held in person and part online).

Changes are being made to adhere to public health guidelines, recommendations of medical professionals and our own experts. Based on current guidelines, we are planning face-to-face courses so that six feet of distance can be maintained. We are moving courses (or portions of courses) online only when these guidelines or other considerations make it infeasible to deliver the instruction in person.    

Schedule changes should be complete by late July but may continue until classes begin.  Talk to your academic advisor and your instructors after August 1 – once the majority of changes have been made – with questions about updates. 

The overall plan for re-opening campus in Fall 2020 is available on the the Show Me Renewal site.


Course delivery

Pay careful attention to the course details in myZou or Schedule Planner. Check all the details including Instruction Mode, Days, Times and Location to understand how your classes will be taught. 

Instruction Mode
  • Traditional (TR): No online technology used — content is delivered in writing or orally.  May have a video of the class that is used during the initial delivery and viewed later. A physical location will be listed.
    • Social distancing guidelines will be followed.
    • Many courses will be moved to larger rooms to accommodate social distancing within the classroom.
  • Web Facilitated (WF): Includes face-to-face instruction includes those courses in which 1 to 29 percent of the content is delivered online. May have a video of the class that is used during the initial delivery and viewed later. A physical location will be listed.
  • Blended class (BL): Defined as having between 30 percent and 80 percent of the course content delivered online.  It is sometimes called hybrid. Portions of the class taught in-person will have a physical location listed. Online portions will list Internet as the location. Two examples of blended options are:
    • Class splits: Part of the class attends in person on one day, while the rest take that day online. Then they rotate.
    • Lecture/discussion group: Lectures for the whole class are online. Smaller discussion sections are in person.
  • On-Line (OL): A course where most or all (80% or greater) of the content is delivered online. Typically these sections have no face-to-face meetings, but there may be some or face-to-face exams, etc. The location will be Internet.
    • Synchronous learning: attend virtually at the time the class is taught.
    • Asynchronous learning: complete the online materials on your schedule. Also known as a self-paced course.
  • E-Learning (EL): 100% on line (may have proctored exams). The location will be Internet.
Days & Times
  • Arranged: When “Arranged is listed as “Days” (in Schedule Planner) and for “Days & Times” (in myZou), it means students are not expected to login or Zoom at a designated time. Students will complete the online materials on their own schedule as outlined in the class syllabus. (This is known as asynchronous learning.)
  • Day(s) of week & specific time: Whether these classes are offered face-to-face or online (“Location” or “Room” is listed as INTERNET), students are expected to participate at that time. They will appear in person, login to a designated site or Zoom at the given time. (This is known as synchronous learning.)
Schedule Planner (Example is for Blended class instruction mode)

Schedule Planner Blended Mode Example. Click i icon to see Instruction Mode. See locations listed in Days and Locations.


myZou (Example is for E-Learning instruction mode)

See the Instruction Mode in myZou. Expand the detail section for the course.



Other Helpful Information 

You may schedule an appointment with your academic advisor through MU Connect. 

Use the Enrollment Checklist to ensure you’re ready for Fall 2020 classes.

Check with Residential Life for information about moving into the residence halls.