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Preparing for Teaching and Learning in Fall 2020

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Preparing for Teaching and Learning in Fall 2020

Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice have been established to allow faculty to come together and discuss challenges, best practices, and approaches that can be used to effectively use technology enhanced learning to allow for appropriate public health measures.

The Communities are meeting regularly over the summer and are supported by CETL, TLOS, University Libraries and others.

Working Groups to Address Cross-Cutting Needs

The schedule for the upcoming Fall semester and related public health measures also requires thoughtful consideration of the following topics. To help address teaching and learning needs as well faculty support, logistics, and technology support the following workgroups have been established.

Each workgroup has university-wide membership, main contacts are listed below:

Testing, Proctoring, and Alternative Assessments: Quinn Warnick

Accessibility and Accommodations: Mark Nichols

Virtual Computer Labs: Gary Burns

Calendar of Events

Frequently Asked Questions

See the Faculty Affairs Frequently Asked Questions page for questions regarding grading, exams, promotion and tenure policies, campus operations and research.

Internet Connectivity Tips from the Division of IT

Zoom Bandwidth Recommendations

COVID-19: Technology Resources: Guides from the Division of IT for working remotely, maintaining connectivity, and using Virginia Tech’s virtual private network (VPN).

Accessibility Tips and Best Practices

Services for Students with Disabilities letter: Helpful tips for improving accessibility of course materials and handling accommodations, by Nikeshia Arthur, Director of SSD at Virginia Tech.

Ally Accessibility Tool in Canvas

On-Demand Training for Testing in Canvas

There are a number of considerations for remote testing and assessment, including important considerations for proctoring.

Course Design and Development Resources

CETL has information on considerations for teaching online, how to build community and engagement online, and considerations for remote testing.

TLOS has information and resources on available technology tools and how to implement them in courses.

The University Registrar has information about health and safety guidelines for General Assignment classrooms as well as updates to classroom capacities.

Graduate students teaching in the fall may be interested in the Virginia Tech Academy for Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Excellence. For questions you have about teaching related concerns or resources, see the Ask a Graduate Teaching Fellow page.