Instructional Continuity Support from the Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology

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The Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology (CTLT) will continue to offer both email and live consultation support this week (March 16-20) to faculty who seek assistance administering virtual final assessments and submitting grades.

Please explore the resources we have compiled to answer many of the frequently asked questions we have been receiving; these webpages are being updated frequently to best meet faculty needs.

1.Alternative Final Assessments: These resources provide faculty with support for offering alternatives to in-person final exams and assessments.

2.PolyLearn FAQ and Canvas FAQ: We are adding to these two frequently asked questions pages for our learning management systems (PolyLearn and Canvas) as we receive questions from faculty about final assessments and instructional continuity. Additional information on final exams using the Canvas LMS is available at Instructional Continuity Using Canvas.

3.Instructional Continuity: These resources have been developed to assist faculty in transitioning to virtual instruction for Spring 2020 courses (through April 19, at a minimum). Faculty can access a quick start guide for instructional continuity, a list of key strategies for virtual instruction, guidance on using Zoom for virtual instruction, as well as information on important considerations for students with disabilities.

For faculty who have additional questions, the CTLT staff is actively monitoring our center’s email account, as well as providing one-on-one live support over Zoom. Please email the following addresses with your questions or requests for live Zoom consultations:
•General inquiries about alternative final exams: ctlt@calpoly.edu.
•Inquiries regarding PolyLearn: polylearnsupport@calpoly.edu
•Inquiries regarding Canvas: canvassupport@calpoly.edu.

For the next two weeks (March 23- April 3), the CTLT will also be providing virtual workshops. We recommend that instructors complete the self-paced Canvas Online Orientation before enrolling in our additional workshops. Later this week we will send additional communications about workshops; toward the end of this week we will release a self-paced online course called “Launching a Course in Canvas” that will help instructors use Canvas (or PolyLearn) to launch their virtual courses for the first few weeks of Spring 2020. Additionally, we will offer a series of webinars “live” in Zoom from March 23-April 3, which will be recorded for those wishing to view them. To learn more about these workshops, please visit Canvas Support Workshops.

The Cal Poly College of Engineering understands there has been an enormous amount of turmoil and transition due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). As we continue offering support to our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, we also continue providing critical updates as well as college highlights. Ours is a college full of creative and bright engineers and staff. For more information on COVID-19 visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. For more information on how Cal Poly is responding to COVID-19, visit the Cal Poly Coronavirus website Coronavirus website.

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