Can I ask my students to use digital tools in addition to those licensed and recommended by the College?
Click-through licenses for third-party apps or social media tools may require students to agree to the collection of their personal data. When you require the use of such tools, consider the requirement as it relates to the College’s Data Stewardship policy. Also, some students may be uncomfortable with this data collection and feel pressured to agree, or be unaware that they are agreeing to it. If you decide to use such tools as a requirement or as an optional tool in your course, passwords should always be set to something other than one’s Lafayette password; this is a recommended practice when using one’s Lafayette email address to register an account with such tools. If you have questions about the appropriate use of these tools, please contact the Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How should faculty approach online assessment during the remote teaching period?
The Center for the Integration of Teaching, Learning & Scholarship (CITLS) has recommended several approaches to assessment in the online learning environment. See its March 21 newsletter for recommendations. Please also consider signing up for its Teaching & Learning Newsletter if you haven’t already. This newsletter will focus on remote teaching and learning strategies for the duration of the semester to support faculty efforts. Faculty also are welcome to directly contact CITLS for additional support in designing online assessments.
What will be the grading policies this semester? Will there be pass/fail options?
The College has approved a temporary change to its pass/fail grading policy for the spring semester. Students can choose a pass/fail grade later in the term than usual, and for a wider range of courses. Read the policy in full.
How should class attendance and participation be adjusted?
Expectations for class attendance (described in Section 7.4.2 of the Faculty Handbook and in your syllabi) are still in place. Of course, flexibility about the struggles students may have with technology and remote instruction and learning is appropriate.
Do classes have to meet at their regularly scheduled times?
There are many ways for faculty members to engage with their classes, not all of which require synchronous interactions with the entire class. When you do hold a live, online class meeting it should be scheduled for the same time your course normally meets. This will greatly increase the chances that students will not have conflicts with the meeting time. Remember that you can record a Google Meet session.
What if I’m concerned about students posting class session recordings and other course materials online and otherwise sharing them outside Lafayette?
Appendix E (Section E.2.1) of the Faculty Handbook states that “Faculty members who create products of teaching and scholarship own their Intellectual Property except for patentable inventions, in which case the ownership rights rest with the College. Pedagogical, literary, artistic and creative works are owned by the faculty member, consistent with American Association of University Professors guidelines about copyrights and the prevailing view in academia. Lecture notes and other course notes such as problem sets and syllabi are the faculty member’s Intellectual Property.”
With this in mind, you should inform your students that course materials are proprietary and for class purposes only. This includes posted recordings of lectures, worksheets, discussion prompts, etc. Explicitly state that such materials should not be reposted. While it is outside copyright law, it is advisable to have a clear statement about the need to maintain each individual’s privacy in regard to online discussions. Also tell students that they must request your permission prior to creating their own recordings of class materials, and that any recordings are not to be shared or posted online even when permission is granted to record. Please carefully consider which class content is recorded and posted, particularly for course topics that are sensitive or controversial. To the extent possible, post such materials only within the Moodle course site.
How available should faculty members be for student questions and concerns?
You should remain in regular communication with students in your classes and with your advisees. Maintaining some form of office hours via email, Google Meet, or some other mode will be appreciated by the students.
How should faculty advise students conducting independent research and honors theses?
While most theses or independent study projects will be approaching the final writing/editing stages, some situations may call for creativity, flexibility, and adaptability. Faculty should discuss options with their research students.
Will course evaluations be done this semester?
The provost, after consultation with the Teaching & Learning Committee, announced via email to faculty March 21 that formal course evaluations will not be conducted this semester. Individual faculty members are still welcome to conduct their own informal evaluations for formative purposes, and may want to consider other ways to gather feedback from students.
Will any peer observations of teaching be conducted this term?
The provost also has advised departments and programs not to conduct any peer observations of teaching for the remainder of the term. This may interrupt the cycle of peer observations for pre-tenure colleagues, and departments and programs should use good judgment in how to address this in future semesters. In particular, they should not burden pre-tenure faculty members and their students by having an unreasonable number of observations in the fall.
What if I or my students need additional technology or technology support?
If you have a technology need, or a need for support using technology, contact the Help Desk at email@example.com or (610) 330-5501. ITS also offers Remote Collaboration tutorials and help documentation. If some students don’t have Internet access, some Internet service providers (e.g., Service Electric, Comcast, Spectrum, and Cox) are making their services free to students for a limited time.
Are tutors still available through the Academic Resource Hub?
Yes. Support programs have transitioned from in-person to remote sessions. Visit the Academic Resource Hub website for more information on specific course support. Please use the StudyTree app to book appointments or join the Supplemental Instruction or Mentored Study Group Sessions.
Are there any opportunities for faculty to share remote teaching strategies?
CITLS is organizing sessions for faculty to share remote teaching strategies. The first session will be Friday, March 27, from noon-1 p.m. via Zoom. Visit citls.lafayette.edu for more information. Any additional sessions will be announced at a later date.
When will the final exam schedule be announced? Does it have to be followed?
The exam schedule is posted on the Office of the Registrar website. For exams and/or final projects being handled remotely, faculty retain their slots for administering online exams and/or using the exam time as the ‘due date for final work. In keeping with Section 7.5.7 of the Faculty Handbook, faculty should not assign any significant tests or exams in the last week of classes.
When will final grades be due?
Grades for seniors are due by noon Tuesday, May 19. All other grades are due by noon Tuesday, May 26. As in past semesters, grades will be submitted through Banner Self Service Grade Entry.