| by Jeff Cason

Faculty

Dear Faculty Colleagues,

We are closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 (initially called the novel coronavirus) and creating contingency plans to address potential impacts on Middlebury’s people and programs.

In this communication, I want to address our plans around teaching.

Depending on circumstances, it may become necessary for you to provide instruction remotely for some portion of the spring semester. Scenarios that could necessitate remote instruction include supporting students who are quarantined or self-isolated due to illness, faculty member illness or quarantine, or the suspension of classes and services to limit person-to-person contact.

We are asking faculty to begin planning how you would provide remote instruction to your students. To help with this, DLINQ has created an Academic and Course Continuity webpage that provides guidance on remote instruction options. Faculty who want support for exploring remote instruction options or learning specific technologies should submit a DLINQ consultation request. DLINQ is also providing drop-in help sessions (in-person and through Zoom) starting next week and will offer topical workshops (such as a Canvas crash course and facilitating synchronous Zoom discussions) toward the middle of March. View upcoming workshops and help sessions on DLINQ’s Events page.

If you need technical assistance for any of the remote instruction technologies (“I need a webcam for Zoom” or “How do I upload videos to Panopto?” for example) please contact the ITS Help Desk: go.middlebury.edu/helpme

We are working hard to navigate a most difficult situation, while planning for potential impacts. We will continue to provide updates to the community as the situation unfolds.

 

Sincerely,

Jeff Cason
Provost