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Tips for Faculty Teaching On Campus

1. Your classroom

  • Don’t know what room you’re in?  Check through NEST to ascertain your exact schedule, building, and room.  If you are in an enhanced classroom (tech-rich), see 25 Live for details about the room, including technology and a photo.
  • Worried about getting into your classroom?  Faculty access to most campus classrooms is automated through coordination with the schedule of classes, allowing faculty and students to enter classrooms without special access other than your ID card (which is only needed for some rooms). If you have trouble with access, contact your department administrator and/or Dean’s Office.  Additionally, you can email accesscontrol@montclair.edu, including your name, department, and the specific room to which you would like access; be sure to copy your department administrator.
  • Outdoor spaces
    • As the semester begins in winter, outdoor spaces have not yet been set up.  When tent-class becomes reasonable from a weather perspective, faculty will be able to search for “tent” via 25live.
    • In the meantime, faculty and staff can request tent set-up through facilities. To request a tent up, contact facilities by email (servicedesk@montclair.edu), phone (973-655-5444) Maximo service ticket.  Request “move request” or “event setup,” as appropriate. More details at Tent Request Instructions and Tent Request and Use Policy.
    • The Amphitheater can be reserved through Andy Dickerson
    • Athletic spaces (for example, bleachers) are currently not reservable, but inquires can be directed to the Athletics department
    • If you arrange for an alternative space to meet your class on a regular basis, send all schedule changes/revisions/edits to the following email address: Classsched@montclair.edu

2. Practical preparations for campus teaching 

  • Practice and prepare for communicating while masked.
  • Update and double-check your technological connections in advance.
    • Your most vital technologies for on-campus life are maintained through connections to the campus Wi-Fi system, your MSU software, and any other programs that you use, all of which are best updated by coming to campus, even if it’s to sit in the parking lot with your laptop running.
    • Consider bringing a mouse: in the classroom environment, the mouse is really helpful to operate your laptop more quickly and seamlessly.
  • Check your classroom access — make sure your ID is valid, it works, and you can get into your assigned classroom. Problems? Your department chair, department administrator, or Dean’s Office staff needs to make the request through Maximo, Facilities’ maintenance management system.
  • Make sure you have your Canvas Course set up adequately. Using OFA’s Montclair Syllabus which should be pre-loaded into Canvas will help, but also review expectations at Canvas Universal Guidelines and take advantage of the Canvas checklist created by ITDS.  The checklist will help ensure you have a good handle on the most essential elements of Canvas.  

3. Classroom technology

  • If you are in CELS, CCIS, Richardson, or Science, contact CSAM.
  • If you are in Calcia, Chapin, Finley, Life, Memorial, or the SCM building, contact CART.
  • If you are in Feliciano, contact SBUS.
  • If you are in the specialized classrooms on the 3rd floor and above in University Hall, contact CEHS.
  • If you are in Bohn, Dickson, Schmitt, Student Center, or University, contact IT.
  • Don’t know where to go?  Call x7971 and ask or send an email to itservicedesk@montclair.edu
  • Request a new classroom. If you would like to request a different classroom, make these requests through your department office. 
  • Training workshops in online technologies, and extensive training in Canvas, are regularly offered by Instructional Training and Design Services.  ITDS also offers one-to-one consultations.

4. Pedagogical preparations for campus teaching: Keep it simple 

  • Review Academic continuity planning for Spring 2022 to prepare for students who may be quarantined or isolated.
  • Teach from your personal strengths.
  • Innovate, but do so slowly.  That is, try out just one new practice, one new assignment, one new strategy. 
  • Remember that class time is for extending, applying, furthering, and complicating knowledge, not for simply receiving knowledge.  Make synapses fire.
  • Keep learning.  See OFA events for workshops offered throughout the semester, and see Teaching strategies for a full listing of pedagogical tips and resources. 

Updated 1.21.22