Taking an ASU Sync class:
Live, digital classes, wherever you are.

As an on-campus student, your fall 2020 semester classes will be taught through three learning environments: 1) in-person classes; 2) ASU Sync, remote classes delivered through Zoom; 3) and iCourses, classes delivered 100% online.

In-person

In-person

On scheduled days, you will be able to attend your class in an ASU classroom on campus, set up for low student density and safe physical distancing.

Your professors will contact you in August to discuss which days you will be expected to be physically in class.

In some instances, in-person classes will not be available due to the physical space of the classroom, class schedule or number of students registered for the class.

ASU Sync

ASU Sync

In most cases, on alternating days to create physical distancing in classrooms, you will attend class sessions remotely via Zoom technology, launched directly from My ASU Classes.

Some students who cannot be on campus this fall due to travel restrictions or health concerns may attend the class via ASU Sync.

In some instances, in-person classes will not be available due to the physical space of the classroom, class schedule or number of students registered for the class.

icourse

iCourse

Over 2,400 iCourses are available for on-campus students. These classes are designed to be taken entirely online, for the duration of the semester.

You can find and register for an iCourse by filtering by campus location in ASU Class Search.

How in-person classes and ASU Sync will work

Like most on-campus students, your fall semester schedule may include classes that you will attend in-person for some sessions and remotely for other sessions via ASU Sync.

Though each individual class in your schedule may operate differently, as an example, here’s how a class that is scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday may work.


 

On Tuesdays, half of the class will meet in-person while the other half of the class participates in the live class on Zoom via ASU Sync.

On Thursday, those who attended in-person on Tuesday will attend via Sync. The Tuesday group that attended via Sync will attend in-person.

Your professors will contact you in August to inform you how their specific class will be taught and managed.

* If you cannot physically be on campus due to travel restrictions or personal health concerns, you will be able to attend your classes via ASU Sync or through iCourses during the fall semester. If you will not be on-campus for the fall semester, you are expected to contact your professors to make accommodations.

* In some instances, classes will meet entirely remotely due to the physical space of the classroom, class schedule or number of students registered for the class.

A small number of classes, such as labs, performance and art classes may be offered on-campus only. These classes will be marked in your My ASU Classes box.

Register for a fall 2020 webinar to learn more about ASU Sync

ASU invites you (new and returning students and your family members) to register for one of our upcoming webinars during which ASU leaders will answer frequently asked questions about how classes will be taught, and what student life will be like during the fall semester.

Should registration fill or you cannot attend, each webinar is live-streamed and recorded so you can easily watch at your convenience.

Going to class in the fall semester
Friday, July 24, 1-2 p.m.

Moderator: Katie Paquet
Host: Fred Corey
Register here

Life on campus in the fall semester
Friday, July 31, 2-3 p.m.

Moderator: Katie Paquet
Host: Joanne Vogel
Register here

Past, recorded webinars

Watch the June 26 webinar recording on going to class in the fall semester
Watch the June 29 webinar recording on life on campus in the fall semester
Watch the July 10 webinar recording on going to class in the fall semester
Watch the July 17 webinar recording on life on campus in the fall semester

 

Accessing ASU Sync in the fall

For all classes offering ASU Sync, depending on your course load in the fall semester, ASU Sync may be utilized differently for each student. To understand how ASU Sync will factor into your schedule, please take the following steps.

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ASU Sync / In-Person Classes 

The majority of on-campus fall classes will offer a blend of in-person and ASU Sync experiences. In these classes you can attend classes in-person on scheduled days and via ASU Sync on scheduled days.

In your My ASU class schedule, classes offered both attendance modalities will include an ASU Sync/In-Person tag, as pictured below.

MY Asu scrrenshot

This My ASU screenshot is for demonstration only and does not necessarily indicate the current status of the class(es) pictured.

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ASU Sync Only Classes 

In some instances, classes will meet entirely remotely due to the physical space of the classroom, class schedule or number of students registered for the class.

In your My ASU class schedule, classes taught via ASU Sync only will include an ASU Sync Only tag. ASU Sync Only classes will include the following note explaining attendance.

MY Asu scrrenshot

This My ASU screenshot is for demonstration only and does not necessarily indicate the current status of the class(es) pictured.

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In-Person Only Classes 

For classes that will be offered in-person only, you will see a grey, In-Person Only tag to the right of the course name in your My ASU semester schedule (as pictured below at left). Additional instructions for students enrolled in classes that will meet in-person only can be found in the Special notes section of the class details (as pictured below at right).

MY Asu scrrenshot
speacial note

This My ASU screenshot is for demonstration only and does not necessarily indicate the current status of the class(es) pictured.

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Classes requiring special equipment

Some classes will require you to have personal access to special equipment (such as instruments, sewing machine, etc.) in order for you to take them remotely. In these circumstances, you will see details explaining the requirements in the Special notes section of the class details (as pictured in the My ASU example below). We encourage you to check the Special notes section of the class details to see if specialized equipment is needed to attend your courses via ASU Sync.

special classes

This My ASU screenshots are for demonstration only and do not necessarily indicate the current status of the classes pictured.

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Monitor My ASU 

Throughout July and August, ASU will be making enhancements to My ASU to allow you to attend classes directly from My ASU this fall. The week before classes begin each class listed under View My Schedule will have buttons next to them that allow students to launch a live ASU Sync session.


class schedule

This My ASU screenshot is for demonstration only and does not necessarily indicate the current status of the class(es) pictured.

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Look for emails and notifications from professors 

ASU professors will contact you in August to inform you how their specific class will be taught and managed. If you do not hear from your professors via your ASU email account or via Canvas in the coming weeks, please contact provost@asu.edu.

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Read your class syllabus 

ASU professors are adapting their syllabi for ASU Sync to ensure that you know what to expect about class attendance, group work, quizzes, exams, grading and other aspects of the class experience. Your professors will share with you the fall 2020 syllabus for their class prior to the start of the semester.

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Contact your professors and academic advisors 

If you still have remaining questions about your individual class schedule that have not been addressed through My ASU enhancements, ASU weekly webinars or direct communications from your professors, please contact your professors or academic advisors directly for help. Your advisor’s contact information can be found in My ASU in the Academic Support Team box.

Recommended technology for ASU Sync

ASU Sync classes can be live streamed anywhere with the proper technology. We encourage you to use a PC or Apple laptop or desktop equipped with a built-in or standalone webcam. You will need an internet connection that can effectively stream live broadcasts. It is recommended that your internet download speed is at least 5.0 mbps. You can use this tool to test your current connection.

We do not recommend the use of iPads or Chromebooks for ASU Sync as these devices do not work for class exams that may be proctored remotely. 

If you are not able to personally finance the equipment you need to attend class via ASU Sync, ASU has a laptop and WiFi hotspot checkout program available through ASU Library.

Who is eligible

Any currently enrolled ASU student is eligible to checkout a laptop. The current availability of laptops can be found here.

Borrowing and returning laptop rules

  • Laptops are lent on a first-come, first-serve basis, and cannot be reserved in advance. They can be returned at any time, but will be due at the conclusion of the fall 2020 semester.
  • Rentals are limited to one laptop per student.
  • Laptops are available for checkout at the following libraries on all four campuses. (Please check online for current library hours)
    • Downtown Phoenix campus Library
    • Polytechnic campus Library
    • Tempe: Hayden and Noble Libraries
    • West campus: Fletcher Library
  • Return laptops to any ASU Library Information Desk (not at the drop box or other location)
  • Refer to ASU Library Computer Use Policy and ASU Computer, Internet, and Electronic Communications Policy.
  • Borrowers are responsible for loss, damage, and theft of the laptop while in their possession. Borrowers should verify the condition of the laptop at the time of check-out and upon check-in.

More information about the fall semester at ASU

ASU is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Arizona Department of Health protocol and recommendations regarding COVID-19 in order to provide a safe campus environment for you, your classmates and professors. We encourage you to read through the asu.edu/fall2020 website that details all preparations underway to promote a healthy and safe campus environment.

Watch the Live Well, Be Well video detailing how the fall semester will look for on-campus students.

What will the fall 2020 semester look like? Arizona State University (ASU)

Frequently asked questions

We have fielded the following questions through direct inquiries from students through email and during webinars. These answers will be updated throughout the summer and fall to address the latest recommendations and ASU policies.

Will we move large-enrollment classes to ASU Sync or iCourses?

Courses with an enrollment of 100 or more students will either be moved to remote delivery or have the enrollment reduced by adding additional sections or utilizing classrooms with capacities large enough to maintain social distancing recommendations. Please check your class schedule on My ASU to understand how your classes will be delivered.

If I come to campus this fall, will my classes be taught in-person?

Yes. Some classes may meet entirely in-person, with no changes to their delivery. Here are other ways on-campus classes may be delivered.

  • Some classes may operate with alternating schedules, with students assigned specific days of in-classroom sessions and alternating days in remote sessions.
    • Classes like these are designed to maintain social distancing and to maintain the health and well-being of the ASU community.
  • Some classes may meet entirely through remote modalities using technologies like Zoom, Canvas and Slack.
  • Your classmates may attend classes remotely, depending on their personal situation.
  • As usual, iCourses can be added to your schedule. These classes are designed to be offered entirely online, over the course of the semester.
    • It is recommended that first-year campus students enroll in no more than 3 hours of iCourses for their first fall and spring semesters.

What are ASU Sync Classes?

ASU Sync is a synchronous, technology-enhanced and fully interactive remote learning using live lectures via Zoom technology. This approach can be used simultaneously with in-person instruction to accommodate students in different circumstances and enable social distancing in classrooms or as standalone technology. It offers the benefits of face-to-face instruction in a group learning, interactive environment.

How do I know if my class is offered through Sync?

The specific details of each class will be shared by the professor or instructor teaching the class by August 13 to explain expectations for attending the course and any required learning technologies. You will also see an ASU Sync button added next to each class in your class schedule in My ASU for each class that will offer ASU Sync.

How do I switch to enroll in an ASU Sync course?

You will not need to enroll in ASU Sync, it will automatically be available for eligible classes. You will see an ASU Sync button added next to each class in your class schedule in My ASU for each class that will offer ASU Sync. If for any reason you need to modify your schedule, you should work with your academic advisor before making any changes.

Will all classes be offered via ASU Sync?

Most in-person courses can be delivered leveraging the ASU Sync platform. However, a small number of labs, performance classes and fine art studios that do not lend themselves to remote learning, may be offered only in-person. Colleges and schools will determine lists of classes that will only be offered in-person. On your class schedule in My ASU, classes that are not offered remotely will be noted as In-person only. If you will need special accommodations for these classes, we encourage you to speak with your professor and academic advisor.

How is ASU Sync different from ASU Online?

While ASU Online is designed for learners seeking an entirely online college experience, ASU Sync allows you to continue progress in any major offered to on-campus students while having the flexibility of attending classes remotely. Additionally, when learning in ASU Sync, students will be learning simultaneously alongside classmates who are attending class in-person while other classmates are attending via Zoom.

Students who are enrolled in an ASU Online degree experience ASU entirely through digital instruction, projects and assessment. The class is managed through Canvas and the content is optimized for online delivery, with much of the class designed to be taken on a student’s schedule, or asynchronously. In ASU Online classes, all students enrolled in the class are learning remotely.

ASU Sync provides students “real-time” remote access to a class that is taught on-campus. The content is optimized to allow for flexibility for some students to join remotely for a number of circumstances, while others attend in-person. Most classes include live faculty lectures and instruction with real-time class collaboration.

Can I attend ASU Sync for a portion of the semester and attend in-person later?

If you are not able to attend classes on your scheduled days of in-person classes due to health concerns or travel restrictions, you may attend via ASU Sync. Please contact your professor prior to the start of the semester to inform them of your plans.

You may only attend in-person on the days you are scheduled. This ensures that a predictable number of students attend the class, therefore allowing the class to operate with students attending at safe physical distances.

Is it possible to take all my classes remotely?

The vast majority of students will be able to take their classes remotely if needed.

Most classes will include ASU Sync as an attendance modality. Students who cannot be on campus due to health concerns or travel restrictions may attend the entire semester remotely through ASU Sync and by taking iCourses. Please inform your professor if you anticipate that you will not attend any class in-person.

A small number of classes including labs, performance and studio classes may only be offered in-person. These classes will be marked in My ASU with a note that reads, “In-person only.” If you cannot be on campus this fall, please speak with your academic advisor for guidance in the rare situation where your fall semester schedule includes a class that requires in-person attendance.

Finally, some labs, performance and studios may be taken remotely only if the students have the necessary equipment in their remote locations. Examples include musical instruments, sewing machines or specific kitchen facilities. These classes will have a note that reads, “Remote learning requires specialized equipment. Contact the instructor for information on the necessary equipment.”

I prefer in-person learning. Can I attend the entire semester in-person?

For most classes, you should anticipate a blend of in-person and remote class attendance via ASU Sync. Some classes with a low overall number of registrants that are held in classrooms that allow for safe physical distancing may be able to accommodate students who want to attend in-person only. In these scenarios, your professor will advise you on their attendance expectations.

If your question has not been answered, please email us at provost@asu.edu and we will be happy to assist you.