March 25, 2020
The following message was forwarded to our students to announce the opening of Spring registration on Thursday, March 26.
- Academic advisors may hear from their advisees soon. The number of students with course changes and cancellations is comparatively small, but changes to student enrollments must still go through academic advisors. This moment is a great opportunity to engage in online advising for the first time.
- This message is the first formal announcement of the one-hour shift in the 1st-to-6th Period (8 AM to 4 PM) class schedule. Instructors may receive requests for information. The message does indicate that you will be in contact with students enrolled in courses. However, we have to anticipate that the particular structure and timing of a course may influence student course enrollment decisions. If you receive questions for which you do not have an answer, please forward them to me or the Registrar as appropriate.
We have been making preparations to relaunch Spring Term 2020 and are now ready to begin. I know we have been through a hectic and exhausting couple of weeks, full of uncertainty. Knox faculty and staff spent their entire spring break adapting our educational program for our new remote learning environment. For the foreseeable future, you can expect updates from us daily. We have produced information on every part of the Knox education, our support services, and tips for how you can be successful as we learn remotely. Although we will be operating remotely, the Knox education you know will be here for you. Please check your email daily as we explain how you can connect with us.
Let’s begin with your course schedules!
Registration for Spring Term 2020 reopens on Thursday, March 26. The Registrar’s Office will resend Spring course schedules to all students on Thursday morning. Please review your course schedule as soon as you receive it.
Updated Spring Term 2020 Course Schedule:
Your instructors have been working hard to maintain as much of the original Spring Course Schedule as possible, adapting course offerings to our remote learning environment. You will not see many changes, but there are some. A few courses have been cancelled, and some new ones have been created to take advantage of this unique term.
The updated Spring Term 2020 Course Schedule PDF is available on My.Knox Registrar Portal.
You can find open courses in the usual way:
Login to my.knox.edu, click on Registrar Portal —> Student Tools —> Course Schedule Search.
Make sure “Term” is set for SP 20.
Scroll down and click on “More search options.”
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and set “Section Status” to “Open.”
All Students - Please Note:
There is one very important change to the Spring class schedule. The regular 8 AM to 4 PM course block has been shifted later by one hour. This change was made to support students in the Mountain and Pacific time zones, especially those with early morning classes. (Knox is everywhere! But not too early, please.) This change applies only to courses in the 8 AM to 4 PM block. These time changes will not appear in the online system or your emailed schedules, so please refer to the table below. Your instructors will be in contact with you.
Times of Class Periods 1 - 6 during Spring 2020
All times are Central Standard Time.
1st hour 9:00 - 10:10 AM
2nd hour 10:20 - 11:30 AM
3rd hour 11:40 AM - 12:50 PM
4th hour 1:00 - 2:10 PM
5th hour 2:20 - 3:30 PM
6th hour 3:40 - 4:50 PM
2S TuTh 10:00 - 11:30 AM
3S TuTh 11:40 AM - 1:10 PM
5S TuTh 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Labs and other non-standard courses in the 1st-6th period time slot are similarly shifted one hour later.
Evening class times are unaffected by this change.
What does this change mean for you?
It depends on the course. As we move into a remote learning environment, some class meetings will be real time (so-called “synchronous class meetings”). Other times, students will engage the course material according to each student’s individual schedule (so-called “asynchronous class meetings”). You can expect to have a lot of both types of class meetings. The class meeting time affects only your “synchronous” class meetings. Instructors will explain exactly how they will be managing their courses and clarify for you how the class schedule shift will impact you.
Please contact your Academic Advisor: If you want to make enrollment changes, please contact your academic advisor. Classes begin on April 1. You should make your course changes by March 31. Beginning April 1, we will have the typical Drop/Add Course Registration period for one week. You will be able to make changes to your course schedule until April 7 through your academic advisor.
You will be hearing from us again tomorrow. I look forward to sharing more about Spring 2020 in the days ahead.
Provost and Dean of the College