Thank you for all of your efforts this past semester as we transitioned to a remote mode of operation. Although I am hopeful that we have experienced the worst of the crisis, we have to be prepared in case the crisis persists or even worsens over the next few months. At this time we are preparing for a normal fall semester. However, we have to make alternate plans in case we are forced to return to a remote style of teaching.
SHSU Online and the PACE Center will continue to provide assistance and guidance on how to engage your students using remote instruction. All faculty, especially those who have not participated in past training opportunities, should complete the appropriate training this summer so as to be prepared for the fall.
It will be vital for all of us to follow best practices that will allow our students to quickly adjust to changing conditions while maintaining course continuity. These best practices include using the University LMS (Blackboard) as the course hub for these 6 essential course elements:
- Course Communication
- Course Schedule and Calendar
- Attendance Monitoring
- Online Office Hours
Best practices suggest that we keep our attendance records and grades on Blackboard so as to make these data more immediately accessible to students. To assist you with this transition we will be providing training this summer via Emergency Remote Webinars. Please sign up using the link below. Along those same lines, we will continue requiring certification for online teaching.
Dr. Richard Eglsaer, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs