I want to take a moment to acknowledge all of your hard work and to share in a collective deep breath. The profound changes we are experiencing are not easy for anyone.
As we adjust to this new reality, there will be bumps along the way. Let us treat this week of March 23rd as a week of transition and grace. Please be flexible with your students and avoid high-stakes exams this week. Let us try to lower the anxiety level for all. Please communicate with your students as early and as frequently as possible concerning expectations, and especially as your plans are modified.
If you must come to campus to deliver instruction, please arrive ahead of time in case building access is slow. If there are technical issues at the start or in the middle of an activity, be open to postponing or altering the activity rather than seeking real-time resolutions.
Use the following central contacts for support to supplement any processes already established in your departments or schools/colleges:
- Technology issues (for you and your students)
- Pedagogical needs – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Building or classroom access issues for instructional needs – email@example.com
- For continued building access after Tuesday, March 24, individuals will need to get Wiscard or key access if they do not already have it. Contact your Dean’s Office.
- More information for students – covid19.wisc.edu/for-students (including tips for learning remotely, tool access, academic advising and career services support, and more)
We recognize you are giving it your all as you prepare instructional changes for the remainder of the semester, and we appreciate your extraordinary commitment to teaching. We will continue to do our very best to support you and your students. For instructional resources, visit: instructionalcontinuity.wisc.edu. For campus updates, visit: covid19.wisc.edu.
– Steve Cramer, Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning