Answers to your questions
Here are answers to the questions we are frequently hearing.
What will be open on campus when instruction goes remote?
The Student Union, dorms (with limitations on guests), dining services, and campus buildings will be open as usual, but classes will be held remotely.
Are internships, co-ops, student teaching assignments and similar activities continuing?
Yes. Students in field placements, internships, co-ops, clinicals, and student teaching assignments should continue to follow site-specific protocols during periods of remote instruction.
Can I give my final exam in person?
No, final exams must be given online.
How does the switch to remote affect students in studio courses that use University equipment (i.e. photo, printmaking, etc.)?
Campus will remain open. Students working with faculty members on individual research or studio projects should contact the chair/director of the department/school for guidance.
I have not been using Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor or Proctorio for exams in my online class. Can I use this technology for the rest of my exams including the final?
Yes, resources on how to use Respondus Lockdown Browser and Proctorio can be found on the DDS website. You will need to send clear communication to your students that Respondus will be used for the exam(s) and about what technology is required of them (webcam). It is strongly encouraged that you provide a “practice exam” so students can try out the technology before using it in a high-stakes exam. (Note that Respondus does not currently work with Chromebooks so Proctorio will need to be used for students using Chromebooks. Contact DDS at email@example.com, about how to set up exams in Proctorio.)
Equipment is available for students who need webcams or computers. Contact ZipAssist at 330-972-7272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What should I tell my students?
Once you have details about changes in the class, communicate them immediately to students, along with how and when they can contact you (email, online office hours, etc.). Let them know what will change (especially in terms of assignments, projects, exams, etc.), and what will stay the same. Anticipate that students will have questions, let them know how and when they can expect to receive a reply from you.
Can I still teach from my campus classroom, even if I don’t have any students in the room with me?
Yes, campus will be open during normal hours [or normal business hours], so you are welcome to use the equipment available in your on-campus classrooms. DL instructors should check with Eric Veigel (email@example.com) to ensure that tech support is available in the classroom as/if needed.
I’m going to need some additional equipment to teach my class fully online for the remainder of the semester. What’s available and how do I get it?
The library currently has several items available on reserve for faculty to check out for the last few weeks of Fall 2020 and/or for Spring 2021. These items include wired and wireless microphones, Wacom Tablets, HDMI cables, and audio cables. Contact AVS (Audio Visual Services) at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to check out additional equipment for the switch to remote teaching during the final weeks of this semester or during Spring 2021.
I already have equipment checked out for Fall 2020, but I’d like to keep it for next semester as well. What should I do?
AVS will be extending the loan period through the end of spring 2021. Therefore, faculty who plan to continue using the equipment they checked out for Fall 2020 do not need to do anything at this time.
I checked equipment out for Fall 2020, but I don’t need all (or any) of it for Spring 2021. What should I do?
If you no longer need (all or some of) the equipment you borrowed, please return it to AVS Dept.; Bierce 75.
I want to teach dual delivery next semester, but am wondering if there’s an easier way to do it.
There may be. If you are planning to teach a dual delivery class next semester, you might consider using a distance learning classroom. Eric Veigel has invited those who are interested to contact him for details. While these rooms (which are limited in availability) don't solve all the problems of dual delivery, they do offer some capabilities that our more conventional tech-enhanced classrooms do not.
I have a question not answered here.
Send your question to ITL@uakron.edu.
What about University Libraries?
Bierce Library, Science & Technology Library, University Archives, and Computer Based Assessment & Evaluation are closed until further notice. The majority of staff at each location will be working remotely.
Local library, OhioLINK, and Interlibrary Loan materials previously requested to be picked up at Bierce Library or Science & Technology Library will be mailed by USPS to patrons who respond to the notification email with their current mailing address. University Libraries will extend material due dates and eliminate overdue fines when operations continue.
Questions about available library services can be submitted through ChatRef or AskUs here.
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