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March 16, 2020: Message from IT to Faculty Moving to Online Learning

Communication from IT to faculty

March 16, 2020

ESU Faculty,

As we transition to remote course delivery for the foreseeable future, we want to share some resources we've compiled that may help you during this period:

Resources to Move to Online Learning

The Teach Anywhere site is your one-stop-shop for resources and course tools. Within this site we have included:

  • You are not alone. We are here to help. Please contact us:
    • The four Learning Designers' contact information. You can reach them using a variety of services that are listed.
    • The Faculty Champions page where you can connect with fellow faculty who are experienced in online teaching and have agreed to offer their expertise.
    • The Upcoming Training page where you can see our support schedule. Note that Learning Designers will be available for drop-in consultation from 8-5, M-F during the week of March 16th. They will co-locate in the Richel Learning Commons in Cremer Hall. They will also be available via Zoom. Simply click their personal link to dial them. Finally, we will also host several scheduled Zoom sessions throughout the week if you are not nearby.
  • Special Canvas Template
    • We have developed a special Canvas template that spans weeks 8-16 of this semester. If you have never used Canvas and are not sure where to begin, we suggest starting with the template. Ask one of the Learning Designers to install it for you.

Managing Expectation

Things don’t have to be perfect. As you transition online you might want to read this short blog from EDUCAUSE called Some Notes on Going Online in Midsemester.

Student Hardships

Please reach out to your students and poll them regarding what resources they may lack to have a successful experience. For example, many may not have laptops or cameras. You can poll them by sending out a communication or a poll through Canvas. Talk to one of the instructional designers regarding steps to create a Poll Anywhere or a blanket email.

  • Access to course material left in Res-Halls
    • If a student has left their books, course materials, laptop, etc. in their residence hall room, please have them contact Residential Life at 620-341-5264.
  • Access to a Computer
    • If the student does not have access to a computer and was coming to campus, there may be temporary, emergency financial aid assistance for them: Do they have to come to campus to do this? Surely they can do it online
    • If those don’t work, contact IT and discuss with us. We will help find a solution with you, for them.
  • Access to Special Lab Software
    • Most computer labs across campus have basic software that can be accessed via SkyLab; however there are some labs that have specialized software only found in the specific on-campus computer labs. Check the “Learn Anywhere – Labs + Specialized Software” page for that list. If you work in one of the specialized labs and students are going to need that software, please let us know ASAP. We are already working on creative, temporary, ways for students to be able to get to those computers (and software), remotely but we’re going to need to know exactly which courses, and which students, need access.
  • Access to Internet
    • If the student is going to be required to have Internet connection to complete your course, first check the “Learn anywhere – Suggested Equipment” page with them to see if any of the ISP deals that are out there would apply to them. That is our first recommendation. If that doesn’t work, contact us and we will help find a solution with you, for them.
  • Accessibility Issues & Accommodations
    • Please continue to work with the Office of Student Accessibility & Support Services (620-341-6637 or