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Provost Email to Faculty: Virtual Instruction Trial on March 17 & 18

Thursday March 12, 2020 8:46 am

Dear Faculty,

We are conducting a technical trial of virtual instruction for all lecture and seminar courses on Tuesday and Wednesday (March 17-18). It is mandatory that on those days your lecture and seminar classes are held virtually, unless you have a test scheduled. If you wish to use ZOOM, please consider utilizing your classroom on campus where we will have technical help for you via the Campus IT Help Desk (x7777). We have created a short video to help you learn how to use Zoom. If you currently have any issues with your laptop, please take it to the Academic Technology Center on the 2nd floor of the library so that it can be serviced prior to this test.

Encourage your students to participate virtually on or off campus to fully test the system. The link to a tutorial for students to learn how to join a ZOOM session on their laptops or smart phones is

The campus will remain open during this virtual/ZOOM technical trial session. Classes other than lecture and seminar classes will continue as usual. This is a test of our capabilities. The university will be fully functional and all facilities will be open. Employees are expected to be at work.

We understand the complexity of this dynamic situation and thank you for your commitment to the continuity of teaching, learning, research, and the well-being of our community.

Take care,

Pamella H. Oliver, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs