As the challenges presented by COVID-19 continue to change rapidly, the University of Denver’s top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our community. We are also, of course, committed to our mission to prepare students for lives of purpose.
The University has moved classes online through the end of spring quarter. In addition, in-person spring break interterm classes have been cancelled.
The goal is to minimize the number of instances where community members are gathering in large groups in close proximity to one another. We hope to limit the exposure to COVID-19 for all members of the DU community.
Online Course Orientation
During the first week of the 10-week quarter, each faculty member will host online orientation sessions to help you acclimate to the virtual learning experience. While each course offers different challenges and opportunities, our commitment to your success persists, and we will continue to provide robust levels of responsiveness and support. Academic advising and career counseling will be offered remotely and remain as important as ever.
Resources for Students Taking Classes Remotely
Make heavy use of the collaboration tools you'll have access to, particularly Zoom. Zoom is available to all students, and only a DU email account is needed to log in. Microsoft Teams is also available for download and collaborative use. Canvas can also support student teams, but whether that technology is to be used is left to the discretion of the faculty member.
Laptop Loaner Program
We offer students the opportunity to borrow laptops to complete their coursework. Certain restrictions apply.
IT@DU has prepared a list of technology resources to help students learn during this remote quarter.
Tips for Students Taking Classes Online
Treat online classes like face-to-face classes
Even though it might seem easy to put work off, you'll need to remain disciplined in order to keep up. In fact, the looser arrangement and structure of online classes might even require you to be more intentional about your habits than you would otherwise.
Practice time management.
Make sure you're aware of all upcoming assignments, and have a general idea of how you're going to budget your time to complete them.
Regardless of the format your professors use for their online classes, you'll have the opportunity to participate in the class in some form. Take advantage of those opportunities, as participation can help ensure you remain connected to what you're working on.
If you're taking classes from home, you'll have a wide array of available distractions that you wouldn't in a classroom setting. Consider turning off your cell phone, or at least the notifications on your cell phone, and look into using one of a variety of apps that can block websites that compete for your attention.
Resources for Faculty Teaching Online
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.
Drop-In Daily Peer Support
New to Canvas, Zoom or Kaltura? Step into a peer-led virtual meet and greet for strategies and support, Monday through Friday at 10 and 2.
Click here are the time/day you want to attend.
1:1 Faculty Support & Asynchronous Support
The Office of Teaching and Learning is offering 1:1 consultations with our staff in 30 minute increments. Make an appointment to talk through your concerns and use our staff as thought partners as you make adjustments to your teaching.
Book your appointment here.
NCFDD Virtual Support Resources for Faculty
The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) has prepared resources to assist members in transitioning to teaching online and self-care. If you have already joined through our institutional membership, you can begin accessing these resources here. If you haven’t joined yet, go here first.