For Faculty Members
What you need to know
- Faculty members who can work from home should continue to do so until the university notifies campus members of revised protocols.
- Complete details about workplace protocols are available in the Return to Work on Campus plan.
- All students, faculty and staff members are required to be aware of and participate in screening and testing.
What you need to do
- Continue to complete daily online screening forms, available in myPugetSound.
- Talking with students considering a leave of absence? Here are some talking points to help (university credentials required).
- Attend the following Ed Tech Essentials seminars Aug. 11–27 via Zoom. The first hour of each session is the same every week, but the Q&As are bound to be different. Attend all three!
Canvas Overview and Basics: Tuesdays, Aug. 11, Aug. 18, and Aug. 25, 2–4 p.m.
Hour One: We will look at best practices for Canvas courses. Is your syllabus posted? Have you introduced yourself and set clear student expectations for your course? Are links to your video conference sessions and virtual office hours clearly identified? We will review how to add content to modules, how to use communication tools and the discussion board, and show you how to build assignments and quizzes. We will also look at SpeedGrader and the Canvas gradebook. You will be given a “checklist” to review before publishing your course.
Hour Two: Canvas Q&A with the educational technologists
Join the session
Google GSuite: Wednesdays, Aug. 12, Aug. 19, and Aug. 26
Hour One: We will look at Google docs, sheets, Jamboard, and slides, and review setting permissions and sharing files.
Hour Two: Google GSuite Q&A with the educational technologists
Join the session
Video Conferencing: Thursdays, Aug. 13, Aug. 20, and Aug. 27
Hour One: We will look at best practices for video conferences, showing you how to create conferences using Zoom or Google Meet. We will discuss polling, breakout rooms, and the Zoom whiteboard, and we will show you how to use virtual backgrounds. You will learn how to record, save, and share meetings.
Hour Two: Video conferencing Q&A with the educational technologists
Join the session
- Miss our 2020 fall info session? Watch the recording (university credentials required).
Town Hall Recording
Message to the faculty from Provost Laura Behling
As you’ve read in the campus announcement about the Fall semester, due to the continuing Covid-19 health crisis, we will not be able to resume in-person instruction in the fall as planned. You, no doubt, are eager for specific details and have a number of questions. To be most responsive and to do what I can to listen to and focus responses, I am hosting a number of Zoom meetings this week. I have organized the meetings by disciplinary categories—we have a rich variety of unique disciplinary practices and pedagogies, and a result, faculty in those areas may have specific disciplinary questions or comments. All faculty are welcome to attend any or all of these Zoom meetings.
Please see the provost's July 29 message on facultycoms for information on accessing the following meetings.
Thursday, July 30, from 3 to 4 p.m.: Physical and Natural Sciences, and Psychology (Biology, Chemistry, Exercise Science, Geology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Physics, Psychology)
Friday, July 31, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.: Graduate programs (Education, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy)
Friday, July 31 from 11 a.m. to Noon: Arts (Art, Music, Theatre)
Friday, July 31, from Noon to 1 p.m.: Humanities, Business, and Social Sciences (African American Studies, Asian Studies and Languages, Business, Classics, Communication Studies, Economics, English, Environmental Policy and Decision Making, French, German, Gender and Queer Studies, Hispanic Studies, History, International Political Economy, Politics and Government, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, and Science, Technology and Society)
Friday, July 31 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: All faculty, with President Crawford (please use the link in the all-campus message)
Since I expect there will be questions I do not have immediate answers to, I also will host additional meetings next week and will send that schedule to you later this week. Furthermore, please let me know if your department, program or school would like to schedule a meeting with me for next week so I can respond to specific questions or issues that may emerge over the next several days.
At this time, I can confirm that:
- The modified academic calendar announced in mid-June will remain. Classes will begin August 31. Fall Break will be cancelled and courses held during those two days. Thanksgiving break will be extended to one full week, and final exams will end December 18. Since we may have a few hundred students on campus, the week-long Thanksgiving break may provide the opportunity to decompress a bit for faculty and students. And since so many of you have already been planning your courses with this modified schedule, keeping to it will allow that good planning to remain.
- We also will be keeping the modified daily course schedule that puts 15 minutes between each class. Not only may this make navigation among platforms easier for you and your students, it also will provide a bit longer of a break for students who, like the rest of us, tire of staring at computer screens all day. Evening classes will remain, if requested by faculty, since this may alleviate some concern by faculty with school-age children who may have remote instruction in the local schools. Faculty who offered to split their classes into two sections to accommodate in-person instruction will have those split classes merged. If you would like to keep the class split, please contact the Registrar’s Office directly by the end of the week. We are doing all we can to get the course schedule set and communicated to students by early next week.
- The university’s goal is to de-densify housing and access to campus. Even so, students engaged in academic work, including directed or mentored research, scholarship, or creative work, may apply to live on campus or to access specialized facilities or equipment. All students are receiving a housing and campus access survey today that asks if they are requesting on-campus housing (for a number of possible reasons) or access to specialized facilities or equipment (even if they live off campus). Decisions about on-campus housing or access will be made the end of next week.
- To assist faculty in planning for teaching remotely for the entire fall semester, Technology Services will develop and host additional workshops in early August. In addition, I also request that each department or programs, in the next couple of weeks, meet with their educational technologist as a department to explore options and to ensure that we are providing appropriate support for you. To ensure that students are ready for remote instruction, technology training workshops also will be offered to new and returning students.
- In early August I will provide guidance about expectations for teaching courses based on what we learned from this experience in the spring, and thanks to thoughtful work from faculty this summer. The PSC and ASC also continue to develop guidelines and temporary policies to govern the work of the faculty and students in specific areas this fall and as those are ready for release, they will be communicated to faculty.
Thank you, yet again, for your ability to shift and change in this most unusual and challenging of summers—this is certainly not what any of us expected a few months ago and certainly not what we wanted. Nevertheless, we will simply do what we do best: Teach. Learn.
I hope all are well,
- The entire Collins Library team is here to support your teaching and to facilitate student learning. Visit the remote resources page to learn more about the ways the library can support you. If you have questions, email email@example.com, and a librarian will respond.
- The library has scores of ebooks that are available without simultaneous use restrictions. Contact your liaison librarian regarding ebook access and purchases, or review our eBook Guide. Ben Tucker, digital services and outreach and reference librarian, is available to help you identify Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Access materials that might work well in lieu of, or in addition to, traditional textbooks.
Zoom Pro Licenses
Faculty and staff members may now access professional Zoom licenses as part of the University of Puget Sound’s enterprise license. Professional licenses support up to 300 active participants and include breakout sessions, chat, and more.
Accessing your pro license:
- Visit pugetsound-edu.zoom.us and log in with your university credentials OR download the Zoom app on your computer, smartphone, or tablet and use your university credentials to log in.
- If you have been using a personally owned Zoom license, please transition further use to the university’s Zoom license, as this affords us the security and legal protections of the enterprise license.
- If you previously set up a personally owned Zoom account using your @pugetsound.edu email address, you will need to remove that address from your personal account prior to authenticating with your Puget Sound credentials.
- If you were already using a university-issued Zoom account, you will continue to have access to your account.
Zoom also will be integrated with Canvas, should you wish to take advantage of the integration for classes. Zoom/Canvas integration is expected to be completed in the coming weeks.
Google Hangouts/Meet will remain available and may be used alongside Zoom. You may choose whichever platform best fits your individual needs. Please be sure to use your university credentials for Google Hangouts and Meet, as well.
If you have any questions, please contact Technology Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253.879.8585.