COVID-19 Update: Transitioning to Virtual Class Sessions

Updated as of April 2, 2020

For the health and safety of our students, due to increasing concerns about the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), in cooperation and in accordance with Rice University, current Rice University Boot Camps cohorts will move to virtual class sessions.

To ensure a seamless transition, we’re providing extra training to all active instructional staff on how to effectively lead classes on Zoom through proper equipment use, breakout rooms, and specific engagement tactics that work well in a synchronous online session, as well as additional specialized training sessions.

What are some benefits of this transition to virtual class sessions?

Same Academic Quality

You will experience the same skilled instruction and market-driven curriculum as our existing in-person classes, learning the most up-to-date tools and technologies to meet the demands of employers. The quality bar for online class sessions is equally high.

High Levels of Support & Attention

Virtual classes still boast extremely high levels of support for all students, both inside and outside of the virtual classroom. In virtual class, you will benefit from real-time support from your instructors and teaching assistants. Outside of class, you will continue to benefit from communication with and assistance from your Student Success Team, teaching assistants, tutor network, and peers.

Students are never alone or stuck for very long because there’s an entire team making sure they’re successful in the program.

Flexibility With Accountability

Virtual classes will allow you the flexibility to learn from home to minimize risk during this time, while also providing the same high level of personal accountability as learning in-person. The face-to-face interaction with our instructors and TAs during virtual classes each week ensures that we’re able to check in with students, give feedback, and make sure that your work and knowledge retention are where they need to be.

An Active Community of Students

Attending classes virtually doesn’t mean that you will have to sacrifice engagement with other students. You will work with others in your cohort to problem-solve during breakout sessions, outside of class, and on projects — just as you would in an in-person setting. We encourage (and facilitate) lots of student interaction to build a sense of togetherness and shared knowledge.

A Tested Modality

Rice University Boot Camps are powered by Trilogy Education, and Trilogy has been delivering boot camp classes online for years. We are confident in our ability to deliver successful outcomes for students in this format.

Comparison chart that displays the similar benefits between the online versus in person bootcamp learning experience
 

At Rice University Boot Camps, the student experience is our top priority.

That includes taking the necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of our students. We know that navigating these uncertain times can be difficult, but we are working hard to continue to provide our students with the uninterrupted delivery of a first-rate educational experience.

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