What technologies are available to support instructors who are changing the delivery of their classes and class materials?
There are a variety of technologies available to support instructors who are changing the delivery of their classes to the online/remote environment. Every instructor has a Canvas shell connected to their course that can be published at any time and provide access to the course syllabus, readings, exams, discussions, and a gradebook.
Instructors can use Kaltura to pre-record lectures or use Zoom to have synchronous (live) webinar-style class meetings. To learn more about the technologies that are available, instructors can go to the OTL Resource Page.
In addition to providing a host of online resources, the Office of Teaching and Learning is offering consultations, drop-in sessions, and webinars (see https://otl-events.du.edu/).
What do I do if I teach a highly interactive class that involves a lot of group work?
While teaching online certainly will require modifying your approach, you can still support these kinds of interactions using a combination of tools. For example, you can use the breakout room option in Zoom to create small group interaction, and you are able to move in and out of each room to talk with students. You can also ask the students to use Zoom so they can hold virtual, real time group meetings with each other (where they can see and hear each other, share documents on their computer, chat real time, etc.), or host real-time class meetings.
What do I do if I teach a class that involves community-engaged learning? Can I still have my students engage with the community?
In-person activities in the community should follow the same policies and precautions as other in-person teaching activities. While classes are online, students should not be visiting community sites. As with other class assignments, instructors may be able to develop alternative assignments that still meet learning objectives and community-identified needs. For example, if a class was going to do a workshop at a community partner site, an alternative assignment would be to develop the lesson plan and accompanying materials that the community partner can implement at a later date.
When in-person classes resume, instructors should consult with community sites to evaluate whether community-based activities can also resume. For example, some community sites may not want students to be in their spaces even once classes resume in-person at DU. If in-person classes have resumed and the instructor and community agree to resume community-based activities, then the same considerations for safety used on campus should be followed (e.g., handwashing when students arrive to/leave community sites, maintaining six-foot distances when possible, and and staying home when sick).
What technologies are available to facilitate remote attendance?
DU Information Technology offers tools for videoconferencing, chat, collaboration, online storage, and more. Find out what tools you can use in this helpful technology resources guide for working and teaching from off-campus.
Is there a policy for providing IT support to actively-teaching faculty?
Yes. You can download the policy here.
Access & Accommodations
Is there a deadline to request a work accommodation?
No. However, the demand on HR is significant. Please put in your accommodation requests soon, so that we can adapt and prepare before the term begins.
- Where is the workplace accommodation form?
Do we still contact access managers for one-time access, or do we request phase III access?
For one-time access, please contact your COVID access manager.
- Will DU have to furlough employees? Can you offer any assurances to faculty and staff?
If I am using the hybrid model and will be on campus only two days a week, can I receive reduced parking fees?
Parking fees have been reduced by 10 percent to acknowledge that many people will not be on campus full time in the coming academic year.
What if I have a field placement or a job off campus? How will my status be affected by changing city and state ordinances?
We are now asking that individuals with field placements or jobs off campus attend these remotely, or, if it presents hardship or educational compromise to attend these remotely, to instead attend DU activities remotely for the remainder of the fall term. We appreciate this presents challenges and may require individual conversations. Due to the high rates of COVID-19 in Denver (and the low rates on campus), this step is critical to keeping our campus safe for occupancy. For individual questions or exceptions, please email COVIDCoordinator@du.edu.