Visit the Return-to-Work page for information on our phased approach to reopening campus, including information regarding social distancing, symptom monitoring, research and disinfection and cleaning.
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.
Office Hours & Student Meetings
What resources are available for students who need technical help for Zoom or Canvas?
- Zoom offers 24-hour technical support at http://support.zoom.us or 888-799-9666 option 2.
- Canvas has a 24-hour hotline specifically for students (1-855-712-9770).
What should I communicate to my students?
Clarify how you want students to communicate with you:.
- DU email
- Personal cell phone
- Email through Canvas email
- Zoom – when you log into Zoom you will see your personal link on the landing page
Please share the 24-hour Canvas Support Hotline for Students within any of your communications with students: 1-855-712-9770.
A global crisis of this scale is unprecedented in many students’ lifetime. Please read through DU’s procedures for responding to students in distress.
COVID-19 & Wellness
What if I am sick?
If an employee is feeling unwell (but able to work) with symptoms of cold, flu or fever they should work from home and call their health care provider if their condition worsens. Employees who are returning from a high and rising incidence area (greater than 10 new cases daily per 100,000 residents) will need to self-quarantine for at least 10 days. Please check with your direct supervisor.
When sick, employees should follow normal call out procedures in their divisions. Employees should also record their time away from work when sick in Pioneer Time per normal practices.
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, contact your healthcare provider immediately. Call your healthcare provider before showing up so that their office can take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
If you have any questions, please contact your HR partner in HRIC.
What do I do if I've exhausted my sick leave?
Non-benefitted employees and those that have exhausted their sick leave may be eligible for up to four days of paid sick leave through the Colorado Health Emergency Leave with Pay (HELP). To be eligible, employees must be exhibiting flu-like symptoms and test for COVID-19. If you have any questions, please contact your HR partner in HRIC.
The University of Denver in collaboration with staff advisory council has stood up an emergency vacation donation pool that can assist some individuals in need. Contact your HR partner to learn more.
What support services are available to employees?
SupportLinc is DU’s Employee Assistance Program for you and your immediate family members. All requests for information or assistance through the SupportLinc program are free of charge and completely confidential. You can contact SupportLinc anytime, around-the-clock. To get started, call 1-888-881-LINC , or log in to the SupportLinc website or eConnect® mobile app (iOS/Android) with the username universityofdenver.
Where can I find messages sent to faculty from DU leadership?
You can find all messages sent to faculty regarding COVID-19 on the Latest Developments page.
- Will DU have to furlough employees? Can you offer any assurances to faculty and staff?