Faculty Checklist to Prepare for Spring

  • Check on teaching assignments for spring 2021
    • Note the course enrollment
    • Note the room assignment and the COVID-19 capacity for the room (room assignments are not final at this time and may be altered through Jan. 15)
    • Visit the assigned room and note the following:
      • The assigned teaching area (e.g. occupancy borders)
      • The room layout
      • The need for any special PPEs and request them with your department chair.
      • The available hardware (cameras, projectors, …) and request any additional hardware or software needed through your department chair.
      • Should you need to adapt the delivery method of your course, please review the Bradley Campus and Online Contact Time document regarding credit hours and student engagement requirements.
    • Request a different room through your dean’s office or adapt your delivery to match the assigned room. You can find an example of an adapted course delivery here.
    • Remember, there is a process for applying for accommodations through recognition of health conditions through HR.
  • Communicate and welcome students in their classes before the semester starts. It is suggested you send an informational email no later than Jan. 20.
    • Clearly state the safety precautions students should expect to adhere to in the classroom. This language can also be provided in their syllabus; standardized syllabus language regarding COVID-19 can be found here. If there is a need for any special PPEs, be sure to communicate that to the students as well.
    • In the case where the assigned room cannot adequately accommodate all students, notify which day of the week each student should attend class. It may be convenient to assign students to groups and then assign those groups to class time attendance. Also, be sure to notify each student about alternative learning expectations (e.g. synchronous live lectures during regularly scheduled class time, watch pre-recorded lectures, learning activities, quarantines, etc.) on the day(s) in which students are not scheduled to attend class.
    • Select an online learning platform (e.g. Sakai or Canvas) and inform the students which one they will use. Faculty and students can learn how to use Canvas through online training modules available in Canvas. NOTE: Canvas will run alongside Sakai through May 31, 2021. We encourage instructors to start using Canvas as soon as possible since Sakai will be available for less than a year.
    • Select an online video conferencing product and inform the students (Zoom, Bongo, Google Meet, etc.). See Comparison Chart. NOTE: Google Meet no longer has recording capabilities; however, you could record the screen with Panopto as a way to record the Google Meet session.
  • Pre-populate course materials within your selected online learning platform. Course sites should be published by Jan. 28.
    • Provide a link to your syllabus and make sure it includes the standardized syllabus language regarding COVID-19 found here. You can find additional syllabus statements (including Student Assistance and Services as well as Student Academic Integrity and Standards of Conduct) here.
  • Make a course plan for online learning due to class size, quarantine, or campus closure. For help, view a step-by-step process for faculty members to consider when developing online/hybrid courses.
  • Plan for assigned seating in classrooms. This may be helpful should there be a positive COVID-19 case requiring contact tracing. The names of students sitting in the immediate area could be at risk as a close contact. Remind students to cleanse their classroom workspace/desk at the start of each class period. In addition, please dismiss the class by sections so physical distancing will be maintained as the students leave the room.
  • Prepare a testing protocol that will work with face-to-face and online delivery (e.g. Exam Proctoring Center, Respondus, Test Invite, etc.). NOTE: The online exam proctoring system Respondus Monitor is available in Canvas but not Sakai.
  • Please note classroom guest speakers must be identified and registered as a visitor on campus. Visitors will be contacted should there be a COVID-19 case in the class.
  • Test drive the hardware and software in your classroom setting
    • Connect and use the hardware in the assigned room
    • View the results synchronously
    • View the results asynchronously
  • Test drive the archiving software
    • Save a short lecture video
    • View the result of the saving process
  • Take time to review the University COVID-19 testing and tracking protocols found on the Bradley’s website. Any student experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should call the University Health Center immediately.