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TechFlex: Highly Flexible Academic Options

WPI has reimagined when, where, and how we deliver our distinctive education: We’ve adjusted the calendar; we’ll be learning, teaching, and working both in-person, online, and a mix of both; and we’re using technology to provide choices for students and faculty alike.

TechFlex is WPI’s reworking of teaching and learning for the upcoming academic year, grounded in all that is distinctive about the WPI experience and designed to support students in person and remotely. TechFlex will allow for online, in-person, and hybrid teaching and learning, as appropriate.

Current Campus Status

As of March 1, WPI has moved fully into TechFlex on Campus/Alert Level Green.

In-Person, Online, or Hybrid Definitions

Our goal is to provide students and faculty with options that best suit their needs. Undergraduate courses are offered in-person, online, or as a hybrid to better accommodate students and faculty and minimize large group gatherings. 

There are three different categories of course delivery, including: 

  • Online: The course will be fully online with no face-to-face meetings on campus.  These classes are accessible to all students, on-campus and remote.  Some will have scheduled meeting times (online) and we will work to ensure that students have access across all time zones.  
  • Hybrid:  The course will provided a blended experience--face-to-face meetings and online classes--for students on campus while assuring that remote students have full access to content. The details will vary by course, but one example has online lectures with scheduled small-group meetings with faculty and teaching assistants on campus.  In another example, the faculty will divide their students into cohorts and hold face-to-face meetings with one cohort while the other cohort participates online.  
  • In-Person:  The course has a required on-campus component.  Students who do not plan to come to campus will not be able to complete these courses in the fall terms.  Most courses in this category have a lab component that cannot be completed away from campus. 

Global Projects Program

  • WPI has suspended all travel to its Global Projects Centers for the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • The risks associated with the global COVID-19 pandemic, and efforts to support the health and safety of our students made this unfortunate decision necessary. It also reflects current global travel restrictions issued by the federal and state authorities, which are advising against non-essential travel.
  • Project center directors and faculty advisors have created meaningful projects and global experiences for teams on campus, working remotely with our global partners when possible.

Spring 2021 Semester

In consultation with senior leadership and the university's Coronavirus Emergency Response Team (CERT), WPI is monitoring the global landscape and has continued its suspension of all off-campus travel for C and D Term 2021.  This decision has been made with the guidance of local, regional and national authorities, including the  U.S. Department of StateU.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)International SOS and the Massachusetts Governor's Office

 

Global Projects Program Project-Based Learning

Sanitizing Our Spaces

The WPI Facilities team implemented heightened cleaning protocols for all spaces on campus, focusing particularly on high-touch surfaces (tables, desktops, keyboards and shared equipment, chairs, handrails, doors and doorknobs, elevator buttons, restrooms, etc.)  Hand sanitizer stations have been installed all across campus, and cleaning supplies are still available for individual cleaning of personal spaces and surfaces.​ Learn more.

Additional adjustments to our operations may be needed based on updated guidance and public health trends. We recommend you check back regularly for the latest updates.