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Division of Interdisciplinary and Career-Oriented Programs Frequently Asked Questions

Will I have to relocate to Philadelphia?

For most programs (other than the Histotechnology and Pathologists’ Assistant programs), you will not have to relocate to Philadelphia for the fall. However, you are welcome to do so since the campus will be open with some limitations. The University will most likely close between Thanksgiving and the beginning of the spring semester, with the remainder of the fall semester delivered entirely remotely. If you are in the Histotechnology or Pathologists’ Assistant Program, some of your courses will be meet periodically on campus, while other courses will be taught remotely. You will need to relocate to Philadelphia prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

What type of device will I need for remote instruction, and are there special software requirements?

For specific device requirements, please consult Drexel’s buying guide and information technology FAQ. Your device needs to have a webcam (no virtual cameras or phones as cameras) and a microphone (no headphones, no virtual microphones), and you need to have access to a stable high-speed internet connection. Our synchronous remote sessions will be delivered via Collaborate (a function of Blackboard Learn Ultra, which is our electronic learning system) or Zoom. You will not need to purchase any specialized software for that purpose.

Will the tuition be discounted for the fall?

No. The content of the curricula will not change. We will still have synchronous and asynchronous sessions and offer the same advising and other support services.

What support services will be offered remotely during the fall?

Our program directors, advisors, instructors, and staff will be available to support you remotely at the same level that you would expect if you were seeking support on campus. Our academic support services (CLASS), disability resources, and other services will be available remotely as well. The library can be accessed on campus or virtually.

What is the difference between remote and online instruction?

Remote instruction includes both synchronous (i.e., live) and (depending on the specific curriculum) asynchronous (i.e., recorded) learning sessions. If you enroll in a course in a remote format, you will need to attend live classes according to the class schedule and interact with instructors and peers synchronously. The goal of remote teaching is to create an experience as close to face-to-face instruction as possible. In contrast, online education typically relies on the delivery of recorded content and the involvement of students in course activities that are usually asynchronous. Online courses usually do not follow a prescribed day-to-day schedule.

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