Teaching information for faculty for the 2020–21 academic year

Accommodating faculty needs in the classroom and beyond

As faculty prepare to return to in-person teaching for Fall 2020, we remain flexible and accommodating to their needs, in the classroom and beyond, while ensuring a safe and rigorous learning environment for students.

Remote and hybrid course training

We are offering support to course instructors based on feedback from the June Pedagogical Institute (JPI) survey and individual requests. Support will be communicated via Digest posts and a Johnson Center for Creative Teaching and Learning (JCCTL) mailing list. Please email jcctl@gettysburg.edu if you did not indicate on the JPI survey that you want to be included to the mailing list. The JCCTL web page will also be regularly updated with a schedule of trainings and other support, as well as materials from the JPI.

In the coming weeks, the focus will be on specific educational technology training for synchronous and asynchronous communication and engagement with students (e.g. Zoom, Moodle, Ensemble, Screencast-o-Matic, Slack, etc.).

Developing course format

The Middle States Commission (our regional accreditor) requires that our courses all have the equivalent amount of work to a course that meets in-person for four hours per week and have at least eight hours of work outside of class. Keeping this in mind, under the current circumstances, faculty have a great deal of autonomy in determining which of their learning goals are best met online and which are best met in person. Faculty who wish to move a significant amount of course meetings online are expected to contact their divisional dean or the provost to discuss their plans.

Additionally, if a faculty member starts teaching in-person during the fall semester and needs to switch to a remote format for any reason during the semester, they must contact the department or program chair, Provost, and the Registrar’s Office before permission can be granted.

Classroom technology

Once schedules are finalized, we will be able to indicate which rooms should be outfitted with cameras. Cameras are in short supply nationally, and we are doing the best we can to secure as many additional units as possible. We hope to have more details about the layout of individual classrooms by the end of July.

Online resources

Even if a faculty member decides to teach their courses in person, they are encouraged to take advantage of online teaching resources, like Zoom, Moodle, and Screencast-o-Matic that promote social distancing and health safety. For example, using Zoom for office hours or using Moodle or another storage/collection site (“Dropbox”) rather than collecting physical copies of assignments.

If a faculty member exhibits COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive

If a faculty member exhibits COVID-19 symptoms they should take the steps outlined in the Symptom Monitoring Requirements. If a faculty member tests positive for COVID-19, they will be asked to isolate for 10 days. During that time, they may continue to teach remotely if they feel well enough. If they are not well enough to teach, they make other arrangements based on the individual situation until they can return.