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Faculty Information

Undergraduate PASS/FAIL Policy Guide, Spring 2020
Guide for Faculty in Transitioning to Online Teaching

A Message from Willard P. Gingerich

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

[Addendum – Monday, March 16: All instruction will be online starting Monday, March 23, 2020]

Dear Faculty,

I am writing to follow up on President Cole’s message from earlier today, announcing that we are extending Spring Break for a week and moving the majority of instruction online for the rest of the semester. Our goal is to reduce the population density on campus, in order to reduce health risks while ensuring continuity of instruction and maintaining critical services.

We need every faculty member to prepare now to put their courses online. We have prepared a guide to assist you in moving your face-to-face instruction to online delivery.

Here are some specifics:

  • Every course should be delivered remotely. There may be some exceptions, such as studio courses or labs. If you believe your course should be allowed to continue in person, submit a justification to your Dean immediately. All exceptions require my approval.
  • When students return from Spring Break on Monday, March 23, we need to be ready to go.
  • Fully online courses will continue according to the original, established schedule.
  • Hybrid courses will, of course, move to fully online mode.

If you have questions, or need more information or support, please contact your Dean.

Continued Online Teaching

Faculty are expected to continue teaching, advising and conducting research. The University will continue to deliver its mission of teaching students, conducting research, and serving the public. During this public health emergency, some of the ways in which we deliver that mission will change, but the mission itself is unchanged. Faculty are vitally important in delivering that mission, and the University will do its best to provide the necessary support and assistance to Faculty as they continue to perform their irreplaceable role in these difficult circumstances.

Class Times

If you choose to deliver your course in synchronous mode – all students meeting together at the same time – you can do that at the usual time your class has always met. You may also choose to deliver the course asynchronously, which allows students to complete the work at their own pace, within a time frame you establish. Regardless of which model you choose, be sure to inform your students.


In order to support faculty with this online transition, Instructional Technology & Design Services (ITDS) and the Office for Faculty Advancement (OFA), has prepared a series of live, online, synchronous training workshops and web-based resources, which are listed below.

  1. Online, Synchronous Training Workshops
    • Teaching Online for Academic Continuity
    • Canvas Web Conferencing
    • Using Panopto for Teaching Online
    • Introduction to Canvas
    • Leading Effective Discussions, Teamwork and Collaboration in Canvas
    • Designing Assignments, Quizzes & Tests in Canvas
    • Creating Your Back-Up Teaching Plan
  2. Web-based Resources:
Quizzes and Exams

Use LockDown Browser (LB) to set up a quiz or test. LockDown Browser creates a restricted test-taking environment and does not allow other windows to be opened during the quiz and helps prevent cheating. When students use LockDown Browser they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications.

What Are the Support Hours? (Everyone)

The IT Service Desk will continue to provide support as normal. Hours for support can be found at IT Service Desk web page. It is important to note that the IT Service Desk has limited support staff available after 5 p.m. weekdays and on weekends.

Please also view our Information Technology FAQs for further assistance.

IT Support

For information on obtaining IT support, remote access, installing software/printer drivers and audio and video conferencing please refer to the Technology Information FAQs

Last Modified: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 9:56 am