University of Wisconsin–Madison

Changes to the iSchool Fall Course Schedule

As you may be aware, the iSchool’s Fall 2020 course schedule has been updated, along with all other departments on campus.  This was done under the guidance of campus leadership to offer you (students who attend on-campus programs) a mix of in-person courses (i.e., courses that will have an in-person component), and increased course offerings online.  (We refer to this as “course modality”)

The campus will release the updated schedule of classes for Fall 2020 on July 20.  At that time, you will be able to review your course schedule in your MyUW Student Center (my.wisc.edu), and can see if there are any changes you need to make to your fall schedule, using the Course Search and Enroll app. 

Definition of Different Types of Modality, for the purposes of this document:

  • In-person: Has some in-person meeting times.  Please note that the portion of the class that will be in-person, will be up to each instructor in the iSchool and may vary course to course.
  • Remote Synchronous: Entirely remote. Students are expected to participate in online lectures, discussions, labs or activities synchronously during scheduled meeting times.
  • Remote Asynchronous: Entirely remote. Students are engaging regularly every week with the instructor, course content, activities, assignments, etc., but are not required to meet with the class synchronously in a scheduled meeting-time pattern.

Steps for Undergraduate Students Enrolled in iSchool Courses with in-person component (e.g., class meetings, discussion/lab sections in person):

  1. Please review your course schedule in your MyUW Student Center (my.wisc.edu) to determine if  there are any changes to the modality of the courses you registered for.  
  2.  Drop and/or add courses as necessary so that you are registered for the courses you desire, in the modality that you prefer (In-person, Remote Synchronous, or Remote Asynchronous).
  3. Questions about enrolling in iSchool Courses: Contact Dennis Choi, Data & Enrollment Coordinator at dhchoi@wisc.edu
  4. The iSchool is working with the College and Campus to develop safety plans and procedures for in person instruction. More information is forthcoming.
    Questions about the format of courses with an in-person component: Contact Nicole Wiessinger, Associate Director at  nicole.wiessinger@wisc.edu and in the subject line please write “Fall Course Enrollment”.

Steps for Graduate Students in the On-Campus Program (enrolled in in-person courses)

  1. Please see the updated iSchool Course schedule to determine if there are any changes to the modality of the courses you registered for. [July 20 and later, you can also check the Course Search and Enroll app or your course schedule in your MyUW Student Center (my.wisc.edu)] 
  2. Drop and/or add courses the week of July 20 as necessary so that you are registered for the courses you desire, in the modality that you prefer (In-Person, Remote Synchronous, or Remote Asynchronous).
  3. If you are not able to enroll for a course you want, please add yourself to the waitlist. This will help us determine if more seats should be opened up, and will ensure that if additional seats are opened up, you are on the official list for any new seats. 
  4. Questions about enrolling in iSchool Courses — Contact Dennis Choi at dhchoi@wisc.edu
  5. The iSchool is working with the College and Campus to develop safety plans and procedures for in-person instruction. More information is forthcoming.
    Questions about the format of courses with an in-person component: Contact Nicole Wiessinger, Associate Director at  nicole.wiessinger@wisc.edu and in the subject line please write “Fall Course Enrollment”.
  6. Graduate students with questions about what courses to choose, or related to advising about the program should consult with Tanya Hendricks Cobb, Student Services Coordinator at tcobb@wisc.edu, and in the subject line please write “Fall Course Enrollment”.  New students can also choose to message Tanya in MS Teams.

New Online Course Offering for Fall 2020:

LIS 707: Data Visualization and LIS640: Introduction to Text Mining have been added to the list of available courses for On-campus MA students to take this fall.  These courses will be taught in a remote-asynchronous format.