Understanding ASU Sync


Students enrolled in an on-campus major have options when it comes to attending classes this fall. Not everyone may want to (or be able to) return to campus, and that’s okay. ASU wants students to feel safe and comfortable with their learning environment while still being successful in class. Let’s walk through how ASU Sync comes into play.

What is ASU Sync and how does it work?

ASU will be offering a new modality for classes called ASU Sync. Using Zoom technology, you’ll be able to log in to watch a real-time, live broadcast of your instructor teaching class in the classroom to a smaller in-person group. Because everything is happening live and is not pre-recorded, you’ll be able to interact with the class and instructor just as if you were sitting in the classroom. The majority of in-person classes will offer the ASU Sync option as a part of the course (more on this below).

How do I know if my in-person class offers the ASU Sync option?

Classes offering Sync as a part of the course will have it built in and accessible from My ASU. In fact, you can check My ASU right now to see the modality offered for each class you’re registered for. You do not need to complete any kind of special registration for ASU Sync and you don’t need to switch to ASU Online. ASU Sync is specifically designed for on-campus students. If it is available as an option for your class, you’ll see “ASU Sync/In Person” or “ASU Sync only” next to your class.  (see below). For those classes not offering an ASU Sync option, you will see a grey “In-Person Only” tag. 

Once the semester begins, you will see a maroon button that says “Attend via Sync” clicking this button will take you to the zoom session for that course.

Can I take all of my classes remotely through ASU Sync?

Yes. Just let the professor of each course you’re enrolled in know. The only caveat is that if you’re enrolled in a course that is offered only in person (a small number of classes including labs, performance and studio classes), you’ll need to reach out to that professor or your advisor to determine a solution for that class — whether that means taking the class in another semester, or finding a way to make the class work remotely. 

For classes marked as in-person only, take a look at the Special Notes section in the details of each class. Some in-person classes will allow you to take them remotely if you have the equipment required to do so. For example, if you’re enrolled in MUP 111 Topic: Tuba and have your own tuba, feel free to get your tuba on from wherever you’re learning. Just remember to let your professor know that you’ll be attending remotely.

Can I take all of my classes in person?

The short answer is no. In order to accommodate health guidelines and physical distancing in the classroom, students will be asked to split their scheduled class days between attending in person and attending remotely via Sync. Professors will be reaching out the week before classes to discuss arrangements. However, if your class is under-enrolled and safe physical distancing is possible for each class session, you may be able to attend it in person for all sessions. Although possible, this is an unlikely scenario. Again, check in with your professor.

Why do I have a class that says “ASU Sync Only”?

In instances when the total number of students enrolled in a class, combined with the meeting schedule and the size of the physical classroom space do not accommodate safe physical distance that meets health guidelines, a class will meet entirely through ASU Sync at the scheduled meeting time. 

What will the ASU Sync/in-person classes look like?

Classes will differ in how they function based on class size and the needs of the course, so it’s up to faculty to determine exactly what each course will look like. For example, if you’re enrolled in a twice-a-week class, your professor may ask you to attend in person one day a week, and attend via ASU Sync during the other session. The instructor of each class you’re enrolled in will reach out to let you know how your individual classes will operate in August.

ASU is committed to meeting learners where they are, and that means being flexible. If you need to modify your schedule for certain courses or attend remotely more frequently than requested, reach out to your professor to work with them on modifying your schedule. 

There is no one-size-fits-all option for what classes will look like this fall, or what will work for each student. If you have concerns or questions about your classes, connect with your professors and your advisor. You can also learn more about ASU Sync, or find updates and more information about fall 2020 at asu.edu/fall2020

If your instructor indicates expectations that are not aligned with the information on these websites, please contact provost@asu.edu

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