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UNLV will offer ‘RebelFlex’ fall classes as pilot program

UNLV will launch a pilot program for the fall semester called RebelFlex in which instructors will teach in-person and remote students simultaneously for some classes.

The university announced the program Wednesday on its website. For classes offered using the new format, students can sign up for traditional face-to-face instruction or attend class remotely.

UNLV is asking interested instructors to fill out an online form by Tuesday. Those selected to participate will receive a $500 stipend, training over the summer and a classroom assistant who’ll monitor students attending the class remotely.

The university is installing equipment — including video and document cameras, and microphones — in 50 classrooms to prepare for the pilot program, according to the announcement.

“RebelFlex will give students more flexibility as they balance life, career, and education,” UNLV Faculty Center director Melissa Bowles-Terry said in an online university announcement.  

The step comes after UNLV has offered the vast majority of its classes remotely since March 2020 due to the pandemic. That format will continue for summer classes, but the university plans to have most of its fall classes on campus.

The University of Nevada, Reno, is also making investments in technology to prepare for resuming primarily in-person classes during fall semester.

UNR announced Thursday it will provide an iPad Air to each member of its incoming freshman class at no cost to students through a “Digital Wolf Pack Initiative.” The school is working with Apple to provide a common learning platform.

Contact Julie Wootton-Greener at jgreener@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2921. Follow @julieswootton on Twitter.

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