Teaching During the COVID-19 Crisis: Resources for AS&E Faculty and Instructors
Thank you for your continued efforts to provide an exceptional learning environment for Tufts students this year. Colleagues from across the university, including Tufts Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT), Tufts Technology Services (TTS), Academic Advising, the StAAR Center, the Academic Continuity Committee, and the Deans' Offices have collected resources on this page to help you and answer some frequently asked questions about teaching during this time.
We recognize there is a lot of information being communicated during this extraordinary time. In response, we will be regularly updating the archive of faculty and staff messages as a handy resource for you.
Keep Teaching, from TTS Educational Technology Services (ETS), offers further information, tools, and support to integrate technology into academic courses during the semester. ETS also offers a collection of user guides covering the tools and technologies that are helpful for teaching in a variety of modalities. Teaching@Tufts, a site jointly overseen by CELT and ETS, hosts resources for teaching and effective use of technology to support students’ learning goals, such as online course design, online assessment, and available technology tools for teaching.
CELT is offering numerous workshops, seminars, and roundtable discussions for faculty to develop hybrid teaching strategies and to share their experiences in various modalities.
Tisch, Lilly, and SMFA Libraries course reserves will be online only during Spring 2021. Please use the Canvas Reading List Tool or email email@example.com to submit requests. The libraries are piloting a service to scan limited amounts of required reading for your Canvas course site while the COVID-19 crisis limits access to print reserves.
If faculty need assistance with brainstorming ways to plan for or complete course projects and assignments, the SMFA Studio and Library teams will gladly provide guidance via email or Zoom sessions. Please contact the Studio Team at SMFAstudioteam@tufts.edu or SMFA Library Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The StAAR Center (formerly Student Accessibility Services and the Academic Resource Center) and Office of Undergraduate Education will remain open throughout Spring 2021 with normal hours. Undergraduate students may schedule virtual appointments with their Advising Dean, Senior Academic Advisor, and/or Academic Resource Advisor, as well as department Advisors.
Online classes may be recorded to accommodate students working across different time zones who may not be able to attend classes at the scheduled times. Massachusetts law requires that faculty who plan to record their classes inform their students in advance. Please note that Zoom is compliant with Massachusetts law on two-party consent and the system automatically informs participants when the recording function is turned on.
Make it very clear and explicit before class that the discussion will be recorded, and that if they participate, they are consenting to the recording. If a student has objections to being recorded, the student should contact the faculty member before class. Instructors should make clear that any failure to participate in recorded class sessions will not impact grades.