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January 15, 2021

Dear AS&E Faculty,

We write this letter to help you prepare for classes in the first part of the Spring 2021 semester, and to ask that you take the following into account in planning your courses:

  • The timing of the current onboarding process for students returning to campus will require some students to be in quarantine at the start of classes. It is also possible that public health decisions, as well as travel or health circumstances related to individual students, may delay students’ ability to attend classes in person, particularly at the outset of the semester.
  • As you did in the fall, please put in place contingency plans and flexibilities to account for students affected by these variables who will need to attend remotely for an undetermined time.

Resources for teaching in all modalities is available at the ETS/CELT Teaching@Tufts website: https://sites.tufts.edu/teaching/. These include sessions throughout the month of January, on features of Zoom and Canvas, virtual drop-in help sessions, in-person orientation sessions to classroom technology, online course design, online assessment, and CELT roundtables about the first day of classes and lessons learned from the fall. See below for some of these resources.

Our success in the fall semester has been due in large part to your excellence and commitment to our students. We are confident that our community is up to the challenge for the spring.

Sincerely,


James M. Glaser, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences
Jianmin Qu, Dean of the School of Engineering



Helpful resources:

Student Survey: What Worked in the Fall

CELT/ETS Training and Development Schedule

StARR Center Resources for Faculty

Classroom Technology Support

Multimodality Classrooms List

Classroom Technologies Guide

In-Person Classroom Orientations 

First Time Teaching Online?

Online Course Design Tutorial on Canvas

Getting Started Teaching Online

Dual Modality Teaching Resources

Students in the Room and Students on Zoom

Teaching Tips: Dual Modality Teaching

Round table on Lessons Learned from Dual Modality Teaching January 25, 10 - 11