DPP Community Hour Recap – Answering Questions About Fall 2020

UConn’s Department of Public Policy (DPP) held an online Community Hour on the evening of Thursday, July 9, 2020 to give its students a chance to meet with faculty and staff, visit with their classmates, and ask questions.  There are a lot of questions this year as an unprecedented school year is about to begin.

Mohamad Alkadry, Head of DPP was able to answer a few of these questions regarding COVID-19 protocol.  Students mostly wanted to know if they will be going to class in person or if they will be taking them online.  DPP is offering a mix of instruction methods depending on the class.

  • (F2F) Face to face with limited class sizes and everyone will be required to wear masks. Masks will be provided by the DPP for those who need them.
  • (WW) Completely online/asynchronous  with no scheduled weekly meeting times
  • (DL Synch) Course will be taught synchronously online (using WebEx, Blackboard Collaborate, or Microsoft Teams) with scheduled weekly meeting times required to be listed in Student Admin.
  • (DL Flex) Course will be taught using a combination of synchronous online (using WebEx, Blackboard Collaborate, or Microsoft Teams) and asynchronous approaches. Scheduled weekly meeting times will be required although not all will be used for synchronous activities.
  • (HB Flex) Course will rely upon mostly asynchronous activities together with a more flexible irregular need to meet on occasion synchronously with students in person. Scheduled weekly meeting times are required (although actual use will be varied and more limited).

To check the most up-to-date schedule go to dpp.uconn and check “course schedule” under Academic Programs. The Student Administration System is currently being updated to reflect this information. You can find out what textbooks you need on the online site, through the syllabus the week prior to the start of school, or your professor will email you. Also, the computer lab will be open throughout the semester with social-distancing measures in place.

Most students in the upcoming IPP and SI internship program have landed positions and for those still looking, there are at least 12 openings still available.

New Student Orientation will be held online on August 27 from 3pm-5pm for incoming MPA, MPA Fellows and MPP students.  The first half of the meeting will have everyone together and then from 4pm-5pm you will break out into your respective program groups for more specifics.  Invitations to Orientation will be sent out the week of July 13. MASR students will have a module emailed out to you in August.

If you have additional questions please contact the following: