Course Delivery during Pause

Course Delivery during Pause

November 9, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

You have all just received an announcement from the President that the University is shifting to fully-remote learning for the remainder of the fall semester.  We wanted to take a moment and highlight what this means for teaching and learning as we prepare to complete the semester with remote instruction.

All classes should be converted immediately to remote instruction: At this time, please convert any remaining in-person class sessions and assessments into remote delivery through Blackboard. As of 8 a.m. on November 10, all courses will be delivered remotely.

Teaching and Graduate Assistants: Teaching and graduate assistants who are not primary instructors should consult with their faculty member for guidance regarding how course duties will be handled during Pause.  

Instructional Support: The Institute for Teaching, Learning, and Academic Leadership (ITLAL) is prepared to assist faculty and instructors to convert to remote learning. Information Technology Services (ITS) will remain available virtually to assist instructors with any issues related to technology.  

Students: Students will be expected to continue to fully participate in classes after a move to an all remote/online format. Tutoring and academic support will remain available virtually without interruption. 

All on campus student computer labs will be closed: ITS will continue to be available to assist students virtually if they experience technology issues. The Office of the Dean of Students will assist in addressing any lack of technology and software for students to move to remote instruction.  

Building Access: Faculty and instructors who want to maintain building access to conduct their remote courses should work through their department chair or dean to ensure appropriate access. 

Communicating with students: While students have been notified that the university has moved all in-person instruction online, they will be looking to you for the details about how your course will be structured and delivered throughout the rest of the semester.  Please be sure to email all of your students on your class roster as soon as possible with information about the conversion to remote instruction and details about what to expect in the coming weeks.

As the President said, while we had hoped not to reach this point, we are prepared for fully remote instruction. We cannot thank you enough for all of your dedication, effort, and engagement throughout the course of this semester and we are confident that we can finish strong.

If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please contact JoAnne Malatesta (jmalatesta@albany.edu) and Kevin Williams (kwilliams@albany.edu).

Sincerely,

Carol H. Kim

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs