What the entire Saint Paul College community – our students, faculty and staff – can expect is that we’re committed to providing a safe environment for everyone and be mindful of the challenges all of us face in these unprecedented times. To this end, we follow advice/directives provided by MDH, CDC and Minnesota State.
While we are committed to safety, delivery modes of programs and courses will look different across divisions. Wherever possible, Saint Paul College courses have been moved online for fall to minimize potential exposure to COVID-19. However, some courses with hands-on learning components will be offered fully or partially in-person, including health services, wellness and service learning programs, trades programs, and science lab courses. All classes with in-person instruction will adhere to social distancing. If social distancing cannot be adhered to due to space constraints, cloth masks are required.
- Nearly all Liberal Arts, Fine Arts, Business, Computer Careers, Engineering, Child Development, and Medical Office courses have moved online. Some are offered asynchronous and others are offered as synchronous or with partial synchronous instruction.
- The following career programs are offered in-person with some online instruction: Construction, Manufacturing, Transportation, Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, Esthetics, and many of the Health Sciences
- All science classes are offered online with some courses offering in-person lab components.
- Student support services are still available! We are here to support you virtually and, in some cases, in-person. Details and contact information for support services can be found at
Delivery methods include asynchronous, synchronous, hybrid, or in-person. View the course schedule for the specific delivery method for each course. View the
FAQ for details on understanding how delivery methods are listed on the course schedule.
|Online Course Delivery Methods||Definition||Software used for Course Delivery|
Asynchronous||Course is delivered through online methods including videos, discussion boards, PowerPoints and reading materials. While the course pacing is set by the instructor, it does not require students to be logged in online at a specified day and time. ||D2L Brightspace|
Synchronous||Course is delivered through online methods at a pace set by the instructor, including required synchronous online meetings. This means students must be virtually present for the course during the established course meeting times. Course attendance expectations apply to virtual attendance during these times.||D2L Brightspace and Zoom|
Hybrid||Course is delivered through a combination of online and in-person delivery at a pace set by the instructor. In-person class meeting times are less than standard hours required for full in-person courses. In-person class meetings are at a set day and time.||D2L Brightspace|
HyFlex||Instruction is offered in-person with remote synchronous and/or remote asynchronous options (i.e., lecture capture for remote viewing).
This option is being offered for Fall 2020 at Saint Paul College on a limited basis.||D2L Brightspace and Zoom |
- How do I know what the delivery method is for a course?
- What happens if the restrictions change this fall?
- We will adjust schedules and delivery options as necessary and will balance the need to follow all State of Minnesota and CDC guidelines with the need to provide the optimal learning environment possible.
- What if I want to take classes, but I’m concerned about taking face-to-face courses and don’t want to come to campus?
- Saint Paul College is offering many courses and programs online. The enrollment and admission process can be completed in its entirety through a virtual process.
- Will everyone be required to wear a mask?
- Specific requirements depend on the CDC and State of Minnesota guidelines that are in place at the start of the term. Guidelines continue to evolve. The College’s current Coronavirus Hygiene Policy and Returning Preparedness Plan can be found at
- Are in-person campus services available?
- Is the Computer Lab open?
- A small temporary computer lab is now available for current students Rooms 1506-1510 during
reduced building hours.
- Are there protocols to enter the Saint Paul College building?
- All individuals who enter the building must be wearing a face mask and complete the
screening questions inventory. This can be completed prior to coming to campus.
- If my course is listed as online, could it be changed to in-person mid semester?
- No, if your course is listed as a fully online course, it will remain fully online for the entire semester.