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Student and Faculty Letter - School Psychology Program - March 16th

ASPPB Letter to Training Community  - April 4th 

Faculty Resources 

FAQs

Q. What Should I Do Now If I am an Active Instructor?

Develop a brief instruction plan that includes a description of how you plan to complete the semester remotely. Please submit your Remote Instruction Plan to Elisa Shernoff (School Psychology), Nancy Boyd-Franklin (Clinical Psychology) and Peter Economou (Applied Department) by Monday, March 16, 2020.

This plan should:

  • Include a description of how you will deliver instruction remotely and the specific platform you will use (WebEx, Skype, etc.).
  • Be made available via a shared link to your course webpage (on Canvas, Sakai, Blackboard) and include all relevant materials students can access remotely (e.g., syllabus, slides, handouts, instructional videos).
  • Document how students should submit assignments - via the course webpage or via email -and describe changes you will make in course assignments to accommodate for remote instruction.
    • For planned in-class exams, consider transitioning to take-home exams or projects.
    • For group projects/presentations, consider how technology can be leveraged to help students meet your instructional objectives.

Q. What Additional Resources Are Available for Remote Instruction?

Please note that in order to be ADA compliant, any video/narration needs to have closed captioning. This can be done easily by uploading the video to Kaltura, where the video will be captioned automatically.  An alternative is to manually write a closed caption file yourself or get a closed-caption file automatically generated by Microsoft Stream and add it to your video file by using PowerPoint.

Q. How Can I Get Trained to Deliver Classes Remotely?

Click here to download WebEx:  https://webex.rutgers.edu/

If you were unable to attend a training session provided, please review the training documents below, which were discussed in the information sessions. If you are uncomfortable using the training platform or have questions please contact Nirmal Sadarangani at sadarani@gsapp.rutgers.edu and copy Nayland Smith, Chief Business Officer at nay.smith@gsapp.rutgers.edu.

Q. What are resources for Travel Cancellations?

Click here for Travel Cancellations Guidance. 

Q. What Additional Resources Are Available for Trainers of School Psychologists?

Click here for resouces for Trainers of School Psychologists.

Q. What are Some Suggested Best Practice Guidelines for Faculty as Part of our Academic Contingency Plans?

  • Ensure that you have off-site access to all valid email addresses for the students in each of your classes, lab sections, independent studies, etc.
  • Promptly message your students about the need to checkback regularly for messages from their instructors.
  • If you have not already done so, set up a course webpage in Sakai, Canvas, or Blackboard, and and post your syllabus and class assignments there. Students should be provided with information on how to submit course assignments via the course website. If this is not feasible, students should be provided a valid email address for you so that they can submit assignments.
  • Sign-up for access to a software communication program, such as, WebEx, which can accommodate up to 1,000 individuals simultaneously, or Kaltura video platform supported by Canvas, linked above.
  • Carefully review how to adapt your current syllabus to the emerging situation. This may include a plan for students who need to make up work (such as returning study abroad students, students who have been ill, etc.)

Q. What Should I Do If I am an Active Instructor and Concerned about My Own Health?

Follow CDC recommendations and make the best health care decisions for yourself. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your own health and/or ability to teach classes, please contact: Elisa Shernoff (School Psychology), Nancy Boyd-Franklin (Clinical Psychology) and Peter Economou (MAP). We recommend that you continue to stay informed by reviewing campus updates at Rutgers' new website

Q. Guiding Questions for Postdocs and Faculty Advisors During COVID-19

USING MS TEAMS

Install Microsoft Teams App

Schedule a Microsoft Teams meeting

Running Microsoft Teams meeting

USING WEBEX

Activate Webex Account

Using Webex Desktop Application

Schedule a Webex Meeting

Run a Webex Meeting through a Browser

Schedule a Webex Training Session

Run a Webex Training Session

USING ZOOM

How to Use Zoom

Configure Zoom Meetings for HIPAA Compliance

Zoom steps for External Users

Running a Zoom Meeting

CISCO SYSTEMS - VOICEMAIL

Call forwarding instructions (Cisco IP Phones)

University Guidelines

Developing and Reporting Remote Instruction Plans
On March 9, 2020, President Barchi wrote: “All active instructors are expected to develop remote-instruction plans to complete the balance of the spring curricula and submit them for review by their department chairs by Wednesday, March 18. On March 19, chairs must report to their deans, who must, in turn, verify to their chancellors by March 20, that all faculty are prepared for a transition to remote instruction. Faculty must be ready for remote instruction by Monday, March 23.”

On March 10, 2020, President Barchi announced: Beginning Thursday, March 12, through the end of spring break on Sunday, March 22, all classes are canceled.  Beginning Monday, March 23, through semester-end, all course instruction will be delivered remotely. All face-to-face instruction is suspended. This includes any class meetings.  Individual instructors are expected to be in contact with their students regarding their plans for remote instruction prior to March 23.

Each instructor or course coordinator should prepare an announcement for your students about your plans for remote instruction.  

Research and Grants

The link below provides a brief list of pre-award and post-award FAQs and suggestions to consider in your research planning. 

COVID-19 Research Planning 


Online Learning Assistance

Rutgers Teaching and Learning With Technology (TLT) is actively working to ensure learning continuity as we face this evolving COVID-19 situation. ​They will continue to provide updates on resources and tips for transitioning to distance learning.

Here are a few ways they can help:

Free Training

Teaching Continuity Resources

  • Moving your class online
  • Tools and support for teaching online 

Support

Visit tlt.rutgers.edu for additional technology support.

Canvas Resouces

As others here at Rutgers have created excellent resources showing faculty how to use the tools that make virtual teaching possible, CTAAR has focused on providing forums to discuss pedagogical concerns related to remote teaching. CTAAR has created the following forums:

  • CTAAR is hosting "virtual office hours" beginning Monday 3/23. Here we will be happy to consult with faculty to discuss remote teaching. For the hours, links, and call-in information, navigate to https://ctaar.rutgers.edu/
  • The "CTAAR Remote Teaching Community" Canvas site allows the Rutgers community to share remote teaching tips and suggestions, discuss what is working, and ask questions about ongoing needs or concerns. The Rutgers community can view these discussions and resources at https://rutgers.instructure.com/courses/16464 and "join" the Canvas course to contribute.
  • As always, you are welcome to email me at chris.drue@rutgers.edu, or the entire CTAAR team at ctaar@docs.rutgers.edu.

 


This page was last updated on 04/03/2020.