When are the classes?

Classes will take place via Zoom either once or twice a week beginning Monday, June 8, 2020 and concluding Friday, July 31, 2020.

  • Cinema & Change: Ritual, Identity, and Coming of Age will meet on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. EDT

  • Writing Through Transition will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. EDT

  • Quantitative Toolkit: Patterns and Predictions will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. EDT

  • Music Theory Jumpstart will meet for six weeks, from June 22 - July 31. Meeting days and times TBA.

  • Music of the 1970s will meet for four weeks, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 7- July 30. Meeting days and times TBA. Some synchronous sessions likely during afternoon hours EDT.

What will the class sessions look like?

Each class session will begin with a lecture by an Oberlin faculty member, followed by a Q&A. 

  • In Cinema and Change: Ritual, Identity, and Coming of Age, students will break out into discussion groups facilitated by current students who serve as Peer Advising Leaders, or PALs.

  • In Writing Through Transition and Quantitative Toolkit: Patterns and Predictions, students will have a second session with Writing Associates, and OWLS leaders. During these breakout sessions, students will debrief the lecture, workshop their writing or quantitative skills, get to know each other, and discuss student life at Oberlin.

  • In Music Theory Jumpstart, students will hear presentations on a range of topics from several members of the Music Theory faculty.  The course will consist of one weekly pre-recorded lecture, two weekly live workshops with small groups, and structured self-study using uTheory.

  • In Music of the 1970s, students will work primarily with Professor Metz for both class content and discussion sessions.

How many courses may I take?

You may enroll in one of the five courses.

What do the courses cost? Do I need to buy books or supplies?

Enrolling in the course is free for all registered students. All readings and other materials will be provided for free. Students will need access to the internet in order to stream the lectures and discussion groups via Zoom. Best of all, the course credits can be applied toward your Oberlin degree!

What if I have connectivity issues?

Any students with difficulties connecting to the sessions should contact the Course Manager dedicated to each course, who will work with students on a case-by-case basis to address technology challenges as effectively as possible.

Will I earn academic credit for taking one of these courses?

Yes, these are for-credit courses. Each is worth the equivalent of one-half of a regular full-semester course. Students who successfully complete their chosen course and then choose to enroll at Oberlin will receive two academic credits toward graduation.

What happens if I enroll but can’t complete the course?

We understand that this is a challenging time. To acknowledge this reality, Oberlin College has adjusted its grading policies for all currently enrolled students. In that spirit, if you begin the class but are unable to complete it, the course will simply not appear on your transcript, either at Oberlin or wherever else you choose to enroll. The course will appear on your transcript only if you successfully complete the course.


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