Faculty Resources

This page collects resources available for faculty members as they transition to and conduct classes remotely. For information about the campus response to the coronavirus, please visit pugetsound.edu/coronavirus.

Bias and Discrimination

Bookstore

At the Logger Store, our primary responsibility is to ensure that students have access to the materials they need to succeed in their courses. With our transition to online learning, some students will lose access to course materials that they previously shared with classmates or instructors, or accessed via the library. To support our students, we’ve partnered with a digital course materials provider, Redshelf, and publishers, to launch Redshelf Responds, a program that provides free access to e-books to all University of Puget Sound students through May 25.

We welcome you to consider this free resource for your students by looking, or asking your administrative assistant to look, to see if books from your courses are available through Redshelf as e-books. You can search for books by title or ISBN at https://studentresponse.redshelf.com.

If appropriate, you can then recommend that students consider accessing those at that same url.

Further information, including answers to frequently asked questions can be found at: https://www.about.redshelf.com/redshelfresponds​.

In addition, students may still purchase books needed to complete spring semester classes from the Logger Store website at pugetsound.edu/loggerstore. The Logger Store will offer free UPS Ground shipping on spring semester textbook orders. Use discount code FREESHIP at checkout.

Center for Speech and Effective Advocacy

The Center for Speech and Effective Advocacy will continue to support students and faculty members during Spring 2020, effective Wednesday, March 25, so that oral communication assignments can be completed in support of course learning goals.

  • Students may make virtual appointments to brainstorm ideas, organize materials, and/or rehearse an individual or group presentation by:
    • Using the “Request an Appointment” button at www.pugetsound.edu/speechcenter (Peer Speech Consultants are scheduled in accord with the posted calendar), OR
    • Writing a message requesting a specific appointment time to speechcenter@pugetsound.edu.
    • These consultations with Peer Speech Consultants (PSC) will occur via Google Meet, using students’ Puget Sound accounts. The PSC will issue the Google Meet invitation to the student.
  • Faculty members who have oral communication workshops already on the Spring calendar for Susan Owen and/or Kris Bartanen to come to their classes: We can do these workshops via Canvas Conference (or Google Meet); we’ll be in touch with you about details.
  • Faculty members who have oral assignments yet to come: We can provide a workshop for you and your students via Canvas Conference or Google Meet. Please send an email to speechcenter@pugetsound.edu and one of us will be in touch with you.

If you have individual or group oral communication assignments in your remaining Spring syllabus: We have posted on the Speech Center web page several documents, under Faculty Resources, including an FAQ on managing presentations virtually. The documents are in Word, so edit and use as you wish. Our goal is, as much as possible, to ease preparations as you adjust to virtual teaching.

Course Credit/No Credit and Withdrawal Options

The Faculty Senate has approved temporary changes to our academic policies as recommended by the Academic Standards Committee in order to provide flexibility to our now remote-learning environment so that the faculty may better support our students, and to allow both students and faculty members to successfully complete the spring 2020 semester. Read the full message.

Changes:

  1. Credit/No Credit Option: Students may select to complete any* course they are currently enrolled in by receiving a letter grade or opt for the Credit/No Credit option. Students may make this revision to their grading option between April 6 and 17.[1]

    Additionally, Credit/No Credit courses taken during the Spring 2020 term will not count toward the maximum limit of 4 Credit/No Credit units that can be applied toward graduation requirements.

    Further details on the Credit/No Credit option are available in the Bulletin (p. 44) or by contacting the Registrar’s Office.
  2. Course Withdrawal Deadline: The spring term course withdrawal deadline (currently April 3) has been extended to April 17.  Additional information on course withdrawals can be found in the Bulletin (p. 45).

In addition, the existing Incomplete grade option is available to students and faculty as specified in the Bulletin (p. 46).

*The ASC affirms that intends that this policy means that for this semester, classes taken credit/no credit can still fulfill major, minor, and core requirements, though that is not usually within the provision of the credit/no credit option.

[1] Per the Bulletin (p. 44) “…courses taken with the Credit/No Credit option are not calculated into the student’s grade point average. If the professor submits a letter grade of C- or higher the student will receive credit for the course; if the professor submits a letter grade of D+ or lower the student will not receive credit for the course.”

CWLT Virtual Series Weekdays at 4 p.m.

Join the video meeting
Otherwise, to join by phone, please dial 1.260.218.1055, and enter this PIN: 854 131 910#.

  • Tues., Mar. 18: News from our NWCCU accreditation about meeting regular learning objectives in irregular circumstances; retooling syllabi mid-semester to achieve learning objectives online

  • Wed., Mar. 19: Teaching experiential disciplinary content online

  • Thurs., Mar. 20: Maintaining and building classroom community online and leading discussion

  • Fri., Mar. 21: Assessments online: especially exams and oral presentations

  • Wed., Mar. 25: Teaching and parenting from home

  • See the CWLT website for additional date information.

Conducting Classes Remotely

Human Resources

Print and Copy Services

  • Print and delivery service for students working off campus or unable to access campus computer labs. Students should fill out the Print and Delivery Service Form and attach their file. PCS will deliver prints directly to departmental offices. 

Spring Travel

  • All students, faculty and staff members traveling outside Washington state during the spring should 
    register travel plans with the university. This will assist the university in monitoring conditions in those areas and supporting your return.

Student Accessibility and Accommodation

Technology Services

  • Educational Technology
    Educational Technology will be offering the following sessions to further develop your skills in various technological tools:
    • Canvas Bootcamp
      This session is geared towards faculty who are unfamiliar with Canvas. It will provide a general overview of the Canvas learning management system.

      Mon., Mar. 23, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.
      Meet invite: Join the video meeting
      Otherwise, to join by phone, dial 1.307.622.9466, and enter this PIN: 864 879 721#.

    • Online assessments with Canvas
      In order to move examinations online, participants will explore the Canvas “quiz” feature.

      Tues., Mar. 24, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.
      Meet invite: Join the video meeting
      Otherwise, to join by phone, dial 1.314.474.2369, and enter this PIN: 406 324 527#.

    • Google Crash Course
      This session will cover the basics of videoconferencing with Google Hangouts Meet, collaboration with the G-Suite of apps (Google), and presenting with Google Jamboard.

      Wed., Mar. 25, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.
      Meet invite: Join the video meeting
      Otherwise, to join by phone, dial 1.260.338.9851, and enter this PIN: 982 680 913#.

  • G-Suite (Google Suite of tools)
  • Media Services
  • Technology Purchase Guidelines
    • Prior to making any decisions or purchases about new hardware or software purchases, faculty members and staff department heads must consult with Technology Services about their needs. Please do this by sending an email to servicedesk@pugetsound.edu or calling 253.879.8585. This will help us ensure that:

      • We don’t already have the product or a similar product available.

      • We can validate that it will work on our systems and with our other peripherals.

      • We acquire the product from vendors that offer special contract pricing (lowering the cost to the institution) and potentially the shortest lead time.

      • We have the ability to support the product through our service desk.

    • If these points are met, then Technology Services will be in contact with the area’s provost or vice presidents to approve the purchase.  If the new technology is approved, then Technology Services must make the purchase to ensure that we are using our best vendor option for quality, speed of receipt, and price.