Frequently Asked Questions About Remote Learning
1- How do I review the advising notes?
Log into MyFIU > click on Academic Advising > click on Success Network > go to Panther Success Network > choose Reports.
2- How do I schedule an appointment to meet with my advisor?
Log into MyFIU > click on Academic Advising> click on Success Network > go to Panther Success Network > choose Schedule an appointment.
3- What is the difference between remote and online courses?
Remote courses are those that were originally to be offered face-to-face and have transitioned to an online environment and may require scheduled class times. Online courses are usually created and designed for specific programs, have more flexibility and require students to be self-motivated.
4- Why do I still have to pay fees while learning remotely?
At FIU, we understand that many of our students and their families have been impacted by job loss and other economic and personal challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of you have asked why certain fees are still being charged while the university is learning and working remotely. We hope the explanations below help clarify.
Parking fee: FIU is reducing the student parking fee (formally known as the Transportation Access fee) by $50 for the summer term. The parking fee helps pay for the garages, which cannot be built using states dollars, and covers costs associated with maintenance and repairs.
Distance Learning fee: There is no Distance Learning fee associated with classes being taught remotely because of the pandemic. These classes were designed originally to be taught face-to-face and are now being delivered remotely to allow students to continue their studies from home. Many of the remote classes may still have students and faculty meeting via videoconferencing on specific days and times. A Distance Learning fee of $30 per credit is assessed only for online courses, which are courses that are designed and developed specifically to be delivered online. Faculty designing the courses leverage dedicated online instructional designers and educational technologies reserved for fully online courses. These classes can access the course 24/7. The Distance Learning fee funds the infrastructure and team that helps deliver these courses.
Student Health fee: These funds pay for several services that have remained open, continue to assist students remotely and provided virtual engagement opportunities such as Student Health Clinic, Counseling and Psychological Services, Victim Empowerment Program, Disability Resource Center, and Healthy Living Program. If you need assistance, please call for an appointment. For a telehealth appointment, please call 305-348-8385 for MMC and 305-919-560 for BBC. For the safety and welfare of all, please call ahead. The on-campus pharmacy is also open. Please call 305-348-0276 to refill or transfer your prescription.
Athletics fee: Even though all athletic programs have been suspended temporarily in accordance with NCAA rules, there are significant fixed costs associated with the maintenance of our sports facilities. At FIU, we typically do not have athletic events during the summer, but want our fields and courts to be ready for students as soon as we resume campus activities.
Activity fee: This fee supports the Graham and Wolfe centers, and Wellness and Recreation Centers and funds student organizations, campus life and helps pay costs that the university is required to pay even though students are learning remotely. During this time, programing such as virtual fitness classes, Life Skills Series, Club Fair, Greek Information Sessions and special speakers are facilitated through this fee.
Materials and Supplies/Equipment Use fees: Fees for course materials and supplies and equipment usage are not being charged.
Revenue Shortfall: While some university expenses may be lower while we are learning and working from home, revenues that are used to keep fees low — facility rentals, food sales and other activities – have disappeared. Reduced revenues and additional expenses associated with COVID-19 are expected to create a shortfall greater than the $19 million FIU is set to receive in CARES Act funding. We must find ways to strike a balance in this new normal.
5- Will the same P/NC grade change policy be offered for the summer term?
As of now, this option was only offered in Spring 2020.
6- For remote learning courses, will Zoom meetings be offered during scheduled class time and is it mandatory to attend?
The temporary approved remoted modality has the expectation of synchronous meetings as scheduled in PantherSoft. Attendance is required.
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