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Coronavirus: Most University of Minnesota classes will be online this fall

Approximately 60% of courses will be available through online and remote instruction.

The majority of students who go to the University of Minnesota will attend online classes this fall. 

About 70% of classes at the Twin Cities campus are scheduled to be conducted online this fall, the Star Tribune says. The rest will be taught in-person or in a hybrid manner of in-person and online/remote.

A University spokesperson told Bring Me The News that 60.6% of all students on the Twin Cities campus have at least one hybrid or in-person class. Overall, there are 2,655 classes that will be in-person or a blend of in-person and remote instruction, while 6,254 classes are only available online/remote. 

The difference between "online" and "remote-instruction" is that online courses can be done at any time whereas remote-instruction requires students and professors to be online at the same time. 

The U of M spokesperson said numbers will fluctuate between now and the start of the academic year because there are "still a significant number of courses that the University is working through to determine format and schedule in classrooms, and students have the option to change their schedules based on their needs." 

Minnesota Daily notes that 50% of the general-purpose classrooms can hold 25 people or fewer per social distancing guidelines. 

This comes as the school plans to reopen dorms, dining halls and other campus spaces this fall. Last month, the U of M Board of Regents approved recommendations for in-person classes and on-campus experiences, including residence halls and dining facilities, and then would move to online learning after Thanksgiving. 

The plan is still to move to distance learning come Thanksgiving break. 

What the U of M is planning for the fall mirrors what many other colleges are doing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Forbes reports that with the surge in coronavirus cases across the U.S., many colleges and universities are changing up their plans, shifting from mostly in-person learning to mostly or all online learning to start the semester. 

That includes Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, which weeks after saying it'd have in-person classes has switched to all online to start the semester, the Pioneer Press reports

Some schools will still offer on-campus amenities with social distancing measures in place, while others are planning for an all-remote semester, Business Insider notes

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