This message was originally sent on March 16, 2020. It is being published here for preservation.
I want to reiterate how grateful we are for your hard work and diligence, and the speed with which you are adapting to the new reality of remote instruction. Our Academic Preparedness Team (APT) has been meeting daily and via Zoom. In addition we are checking in with deans every evening also via Zoom to make sure we address concerns that are brought to our attention. Shown below are a few items that we learned today, that may be of interest to you.
Proctoring and evaluations
- We have limited capacity to expand online proctoring. For this reason it is important to consider alternative assessment tools. And innovative alternatives are being proposed. Our applause and gratitude to the Statistics department at A&S (thank you Professors Wikle, Ries, Christiansen) for converting the big exams into a series of smaller quizzes thereby reducing the need to proctor. Their overall suggestion, Now and always, try to treat every student in the same manner you would wish for others to treat your child. Be fair, be flexible, be compassionate.
- And this from Prof. Cheryl Offutt, College of Education, regarding credit for Practicum and Internship courses – consider credit for report writing/evaluation paperwork completion, conducting phone/telecommunication interviews/consults, participating in online professional trainings, developing materials or resources that will benefit the host organization
- Questions on online evaluations for in-seat courses? Click here to find more information.
- Reminder – during zoom sessions with students or for faculty meetings, remind participants to turn off video when not needed; this will preserve bandwidth and clarity.
- CANVAS and HIPAA compliance – Thanks to Prof. Dale Fitch for sharing this: To access the FERPA and HIPAA complaint version of zoom use the following link: https://umsystemprotected.zoom.us/
Bookstore, IT and Technology support
- Dale Sanders, Director, UM Stores has partnered with our digital course materials provider, VitalSource, and leading publishers, to launch VitalSource Helps, a program that provides access to ebooks to all UM System students through May 25th at no cost to our campus community. Students may begin accessing these materials today at bookshelf.vitalsource.com. Contact Dale Sanders for more information.
- Per Brandon Hough on our IT team our IT team has student laptop deployment plans with the distribution point being the repair desk in the TigerTech store (https://doit.missouri.edu/tech-support/the-mizzou-store-tigertech-service-desk/) in the Student Center. Hours of availability match store hours, and run from 8am-5pm this week. We ask that students who need laptops communicate this via their departments to their College IT staff who will then contact Associate Provost Chris Riley-Tillman at email@example.com We are also looking at alternatives to offer students software for home/remote use.
- Per VC Gary Ward, starting March 18, foggers will be used to disinfect all auditoriums and classrooms. Each building will be notified before fogging occurs. Rooms that are fogged will need to remain vacant for a minimum of 2 hours. We continue to follow CDC guidelines for cleaning of touchpoints and surfaces. Also new disinfectant for aerosol cleaners and sprayers is being used in restrooms.
- The CDC has advised against hosting events with more than 10 individuals. Events like the University Concert Series, Show-Me State Games, Gustin Golf tournaments have been cancelled through the end of May.
Thank you for all you do and let us know how we can help you.
Latha Ramchand, PhD
Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs