Summer Scholars Online FAQ

Summer Scholars Online will provide students with an enriching experience that will include world class academics with Notre Dame faculty, engaging extracurricular activities led by Notre Dame undergraduate students, spiritual life (Milkshake Mass, anyone?), and interactions with students across the country and around the world!

 

  1. What does the schedule look like each day?
  2. What is the role of a Course Facilitator?
  3. What extracurriculars will you offer?
  4. Do we get credit for online Summer Scholars?
  5. What online format will you be using?
  6. What is the attendance policy?
  7. How many people will be in each class?
  8. What will virtual meetings look like?
  9. How can I prepare for my online class?
  10. Can parents or siblings listen to or record a class session?
  11. What academic resources will be available to students throughout the program?
What does the schedule look like each day?

Just like in a college setting, students will have the flexibility to manage their time and decide what activities they would like to participate in. Professors will have daily required hours for when they expect students to be online Monday - Friday. Keep in mind Summer Scholars Online is more than just an online class for two weeks. We want students to take advantage of the community-building activities and University Information Sessions that are being offered in order for you to experience personal growth this summer and learn more about the University of Notre Dame! 

We have current undergraduate Notre Dame students who will be your Course Facilitators (CFs) during the program. Course Facilitators are planning fun extracurriculars for students in order for them to connect with their peers. These are voluntary but highly recommended for a more enriching experience.

Below is an example of what students should expect. Time is Eastern Standard

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.    Class time with professors, students and Course Facilitators (CF)

1:00- 2:00 p.m.     Lunch Break

2:00-3:00 p.m.     University Info Session for students - varies day to day

3:30-5:30 p.m.     Class time or classwork  with students and CFs - will vary upon student & course

5:30-6:30 p.m.     Break - will vary upon student

6:30-8:00 p.m.     Study Time - will vary upon student

8:00-10:00 p.m.   Community Building Activity with CFs 

What is the role of a Course Facilitator?

Course Facilitators are current Notre Dame undergraduate students and young alumni who will act as your mentors. They will be involved in the classroom and participating in the virtual Summer Scholars community. Course Facilitators are planning extracurricular activities, will be online “in” the classroom to serve as additional academic support, and will facilitate group discussions and group work. These students come from a variety of backgrounds, majors, and interests and will answer all of your questions about the college application process, selecting a major, dorm life...and of course all things Notre Dame! 
 

What extracurriculars will you offer?

Zoomba, trivia, talent shows, yoga, mass, game nights, oh my! Our Course Facilitators are coming up with creative and fun ways to keep students connected during their two week virtual experience! Students will have the opportunity to use this time for growth - academically, spiritually, and growing in community with students from across the country.

Do we get credit for online Summer Scholars?

Yes! You will receive one Notre Dame college credit upon completion of your online course.

What online format will you be using?

Professors may use different formats depending on what works best for their course’s content. Students will have access to Zoom, Sakai, and other software after you have completed the enrollment process to get your Notre Dame ID. In early June, our office will be sending a welcome letter with more information about what to expect in your course and if you need to purchase any books or download specific software prior to the first day of class.

What is the attendance policy?

Classes will be held from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (EST), as this is the time that would work best for the majority of students. Depending on the course, your professor may need additional synchronous class time with students and it will be required for you to be online during the hours the professor sets. Due to the fact this is a college credit bearing course, it is a requirement that students who apply and are admitted be able to attend all virtual class sessions. We can allow up to 2 unexcused absences during the program. We cannot make exceptions to this regulation. 

All extracurriculars are voluntary after these hours, although these are highly recommended in order to connect with amazing people around the world!

How many people will be in each class?

It depends on the course, however, you can expect up to 25 students in your course.

What will virtual meetings look like?

Professors have adapted their courses for an online format. Courses will consist of synchronous and asynchronous learning, individual assignments, and group work.

How can I prepare for my online class?

During our program, you will find you will continue to develop essential skills needed in order to succeed in an undergraduate course setting. Just like in the traditional college setting on campus, you need to be organized, utilize time management, and remain open minded as you learn from Notre Dame faculty and your peers.

Can parents or siblings listen to or record a class session?

Only enrolled students may be involved in class sessions due to the University’s Responsible Use of Data & Information Technology Resources Policy. Furthermore, recordings of the class session are not permissible given  the University’s faculty own intellectual property rights to their course materials. Some professors may allow students to download presentations after the class session and this will be at the discretion of the professor for each course. All enrolled students need to carefully read through the Summer Scholars Online Code of Conduct for a complete list of policies.

What academic resources will be available to students throughout the program?

In addition to Notre Dame faculty, students will receive support from our Course Facilitators who will be mentors to students during the program.