This message was sent on Sept. 10 from Steve Cramer, vice provost for instructional continuity and academic affairs, to all faculty and instructors teaching this fall 2020, as well as deans, associate deans and department chairs.
As you know, Chancellor Blank’s message last night changed the modality of all in-person undergraduate, graduate and professional school group instruction to remote starting on Monday, September 14, at least through September 25. To support this change, we want you to be aware of available resources as we make this shift, particularly for instructors teaching face-to-face courses this fall.
Instructional Support for Remote Teaching
On the Instructional Continuity website you will find extensive resources for synchronous and asynchronous teaching. The tabs for Remote Readiness and Fall 2020 Instruction may be most useful. Important accessibility and accommodation information can be found on the site as well.
Instructional continuity support teams including staff from your school/college are available to provide course design assistance and advice. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will connect you with assistance.
Communicating with Your TAs and Instructors
We encourage you to convene a virtual meeting with your Teaching Assistants or Instructors under your direction to ensure that they are aware of the pivot to remote instruction for the next two weeks, so they have the information they need to answer questions or to direct students to the appropriate office to address their questions and concerns.
Communicating with and Supporting Students
We recognize this temporary shift to remote instruction, coupled with the additional adjustments announced by Chancellor Blank, is incredibly disruptive to you and your students. Your students are likely to have questions about the transition. Please share with your students as soon as possible your plans for the next two weeks of remote instruction, including whether or not your course will meet synchronously (please note that you should only hold synchronous sessions at your course’s currently scheduled day and time).
Please encourage students to seek support from the Dean of Students (608-263-5700 or email@example.com) or the University Health Services (608-265-5600). Academic advisors also are available to help students stay on track with their degree progress. If you are concerned about a student’s health or well-being, please consider filing a “Student of Concern” report with the Dean of Students.
This is an exceptionally challenging time for our staff, students and faculty. Thank you for your continued dedication to our students, for the support you continue to provide for one another, and for the professionalism and resilience you’ve shown in what has been and remains a very fluid situation.
Thank you as well for your efforts to navigate this quick transition to remote instruction. We will do our best to be available to support your efforts in any way that we can.
Steve Cramer – Vice Provost for Instructional Continuity and Academic Affairs