Dear Parents and Families: I am writing this afternoon to share the below message with you, which was sent to your students a short time ago. As noted below, we’ve been working hard to create safe alternatives to the typical…
Coronovirus Planning: Academic Continuity
As outlined in Chancellor Syverud’s recent message to the University community, the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak requires that we are prepared to ensure academic continuity in the event that students are unable to attend classes in person.
As a faculty, we are obligated to ensure that our students complete spring semester academic coursework should public health concerns preclude normal operations. While this preparation is not intended to alarm you, we must be prepared to move instruction online if it becomes necessary to protect the health and safety of our community while simultaneously fulfilling the academic obligations we have to our students.
We recognize that some courses may present unique challenges in an online modality. For such courses, the University is organizing a set of faculty resources for determining how best to meet instructional requirements and course objectives.
The Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, Information Technology Services and the Center for Online and Digital Learning are actively developing an Academic Continuity Toolkit, which will be distributed to all faculty.
The toolkit will provide the following concise information:
- How to activate and populate your Blackboard course section with essential content
- Options for meeting course objectives with alternative instruction
- Information about research-based online teaching methods
- Technical support resources, including creating a virtual classroom
Additionally, the Syracuse University Office of Online Student Success is coordinating with the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience, the Office of Disability Services, the Center for International Student Services and academic advising offices within the schools and colleges to ensure that student support and services are scaled up and available in the event of instruction moving online for the remainder of the spring term.
More information and direction is forthcoming. I appreciate your attention to this extremely important effort and your commitment to the students who we serve.
Interim Vice Chancellor and Provost