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Faculty Resources for Moving Online

To: Faculty
From: Jonathan Reed, Provost
Date: March 12, 2020
Subject: Faculty Resources for Moving Online

Dear Faculty:

Following upon President Lieberman’s email to the entire University of La Verne community last evening, I write to remind faculty of the plan and resources for instructional continuity of your courses.

The decision to move all classes fully online and suspend all campus events through at least April 12 was made to protect the health and wellness of our community and to do our part in limiting the novel coronavirus spread. According to the Centers for Disease Control, social distancing, along with meticulous hygiene, is critical in lessening the potential spread of the novel coronavirus through person-to-person contact.

It is important to emphasize that at this point the university remains open. Offices will remain open and you are free to visit campus, but be prudent and avoid frequent contact and meetings with others.

As you prepare to move your courses online, please make sure that you have contacted students (via Blackboard or appropriate alternative), and asked to receive confirmation that they are receiving emails. The Center for Teaching and Learning, along with a group of faculty experts in online teaching, will have open hours in a computer lab to assist faculty. A series of face-to-face and Webex workshops are scheduled for next week, including evening sessions. Topics include:

  • Blackboard / Online Basics for Beginners
  • Zoom videoconferencing
  • YouTube lecture recording
  • PowerPoint Voiceover
  • Effective assignments and exams/quizzes
  • Group discussions/chat

Dates, times, and locations will be updated tomorrow on the Faculty Resources tab of the laverne.edu/coronavirus website. Questions can also be emailed to CTL@laverne.edu.

As a reminder, if you schedule videoconferencing with your students, keep the class schedule/time to avoid conflicts. Several recommendations that may be of assistance are attached.

I recognize that moving online, while necessary, is disruptive. Delivering instruction remotely poses unique challenges for many faculty, especially those of you teaching labs, studios, and experiential learning. As content experts, we rely on you to identify best practices in your field and to engage with the Center for Teaching and Learning for support

In closing, we all know that this situation puts an enormous strain on our students. A Student Resources tab has been created to address many of their concerns. Please be aware of this resource as you continue to provide students with the best possible learning experience and personal touch that has been the hallmark of a University of La Verne education.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Reed

Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs
Academic Affairs Office