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Coronavirus Updates

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During this summer semester, The University of Texas at Dallas is continuing to use a virtual teaching format for our summer courses.

While the University has not announced specific plans for the fall 2020 semester, President Richard C. Benson has said there will be at least some classes held in person. In addition, he said classes or sections of classes will be offered virtually to any student who cannot be on campus or chooses not to be on campus during the fall semester.

It is not clear at this point which classes will be held virtually and which classes won’t, but there will be a significant distance education component for every course. While detailed plans will be shared when they are available, it is important that faculty members remain flexible and prepared to work differently as we move toward the fall semester. Even with a clear fall strategy, increased public health concerns could quickly change those plans.

As a reminder, there are numerous online resources available to support virtual teaching and instruction. Preferred platforms are those already in use at UT Dallas, including eLearning (including Blackboard Collaborate) and Microsoft Teams or Webex conferencing. Other technologies that faculty members already use for their courses may continue to be used, but they should not try to acquire new technologies.

In addition, the University’s Center for Teaching and Learning is regularly providing webinars to help faculty transition to virtual learning.

Finally, remember to consider the needs of our students as we continue through this period:

  • It is important to be flexible. Faculty members are encouraged to offer their courses asynchronously so that students can participate at times that are best for them. If they choose to teach their classes in real time at the time they normally would hold their class, they should include an option for students to participate asynchronously (for example, recording a live web conference so that other students can watch later).
  • It is important to consider accessibility needs for students, ensuring that we can reach all of our students with our virtual instruction.
  • Faculty should not use any software systems or add course requirements that would incur additional costs or burdens for students.
  • Plan for your course delivery to support students who are on campus as well as participating synchronously.
  • Plan for ways to be available to students for virtual office hours.