March 11 Message to Faculty

Dear Colleagues,

We want to provide you with an update on the steps that Academic Affairs is taking to ensure instructional continuity in the event of a full or partial campus closure.

As Richard noted in previous communication, Academic Affairs is asking all faculty to prepare for the possibility of moving courses fully online. Between now and the end of next week, we are asking all faculty teaching this semester to host one session of each one of your courses online as a preparedness exercise. We realize this will require some of you to make adjustments in your course schedules as you accommodate this exercise, but it will serve as an important trial run for faculty, staff, and students and help to identify issues that need troubleshooting.

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ONLINE COURSE TRIAL RUN (Now through March 20)

  • By the end of next week, plan to host one class session of each one of your courses online in order to ensure that you are ready to teach online. Students should be instructed to log in remotely from their dorms or somewhere private on campus, and faculty should log in from their office space. 
    • During this test, consider the tools you would need at home to conduct this course from there, and reach out to IT Services if you need equipment or assistance.
  • IT Services will be on alert and ready to assist with any issues you encounter during this test run. Please call (320-363-2228) or email ([email protected]) the Help Desk for assistance.

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Thank you for taking these steps on behalf of our students.

Richard Ice, Terry Check, Barb May and Casey Gordon