To help protect the SMU community, the University is deploying two new tools for monitoring the health of students, faculty, and staff—A COVID-19 Symptom Checker and Contact Tracer.
Symptom Checker to Stay Mustang Strong
If you are not feeling well or not sure if you should be on campus, you can use the Mustang Daily Symptom Checker. The survey will help you to determine if you are currently experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19. After answering a few questions, the Checker will provide guidance for your next actions, and based on the results, you will be given further instructions. Continue reading University Provides Symptom Checker & Contact Tracing to Campus
Thank you for all of your work over the past few months, your instructional creativity, flexibility, and service toward meeting the needs of all students during these extraordinary times continues to differentiate the SMU experience.
We know that many of you have questions about teaching in Summer 2 and in the Fall. We apologize for the length of this message, but we want to provide you as much detail as possible. While we do not have answers to all of your questions, our hope is this message provides additional clarity about the upcoming terms. Please read the entire message and reach out with any additional questions that you may have regarding instructional preparation.
As you know, the planning for a phased re-opening of SMU’s classrooms for face-to-face, in-person instruction is well underway. Every Summer 2 and Fall 2020 course will need to support SMU’s long-standing expectation for high-quality instruction with students who may be in person or remote (you might have heard this called “HyFlex” instruction; Please see EDUCAUSE’s 7 Things You Should Know About the HyFlex Course Model for a good definition of this mode). In practical terms, HyFlex classes require the continuance of remote instruction while at the same time delivering in-person instruction—connecting the two using technology systems like Zoom and Canvas. In order to ensure that fully online courses continue to meet the same learning goals as in-person instruction, online courses will require high standards of course materials and pedagogy.
Whether in person or online, we want to make sure that all SMU faculty have the resources— instructional and technology— to successfully teach in the new instructional world that we will enter in the weeks and months ahead.
To that end, the Office of Information Technology (OIT), the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), and the SMU Libraries are doing the following things: Continue reading Preparing for Fall 2020: Ensuring All Faculty Have the Resources for Instructional & Technology Needs to Support Multiple Teaching Modes
Our Spring 2020 edition of the OIT Quarterly Security Update is now available to the SMU community.
In this edition, we meet Dr. Stephen Sekula and find out how he is helping other faculty members navigate the new world of teaching online securely. We share some strategies for ensuring we all keep the University secure while working remotely. We offer some tips on how to prevent Zoom bombing. Plus, find out how cyber-criminals are looking to exploit public fears generated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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We recently encouraged the campus community to make plans to support the scenario where in-person courses must be moved online during an emergency or extended campus outage. We also want to encourage those working in more administrative and supportive roles to consider how they modify their work routines if needing to work remotely.
There are challenges to working remotely, from managing teams to staying focused. LinkedIn Learning has several videos for those new to working from home and managing those teams that do. We have created a couple of Learning Paths for those working from home and those managing remote teams. Continue reading Learning Paths to Working Remotely
As we monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19, SMU is implementing contingency plans in preparation for the possibility of disruptions. Above all, the SMU community will be vigilant and committed to preserving the learning and instructional process. We recognize the imperative to prevent or to mitigate learning interruptions for all students, and are especially mindful of the experience of those students scheduled to graduate at the conclusion of this semester. To that end, SMU will ensure that online course delivery technologies and support resources are available to all faculty for immediate use in the event that on-campus attendance is impeded at any point in the future.
As we make plans to support the scenario where in-person courses must be moved online during an emergency, several key technology systems will play critical roles in enabling instructional continuity. Continue reading Important Notice About Technical Readiness for Continued Instruction