When the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges open for the fall semester, they'll offer a combination of traditional and online classes.
Spokesman Alan Campbell says the "face to face" or traditional classes will be smaller to allow for social distancing between students. Some other classes, called Live Online, will be taught online and at scheduled times, using Zoom.
"So for those students who really need some structure, and many students know they need structure, they want that kind of environment where they know have to go to a class session once a week or twice a week, whatever it might be, this is ideal for them. And then in addition to that, not only do they get to interact with their faculty member and actually be able to ask questions back and forth live, the other students are involved in there as well."
Classes with labs at Scott, Muscatine, and Clinton community colleges will use a combination of online instruction with in-person laboratory sessions.
Campbell says a third type of classes, called Online Anytime, are offered in partnership with other community colleges in Iowa, and the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges usually enroll more than 1,000 students in these classes each semester.
Fall enrollment is underway now, and classes begin on August 24th.