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Canvas Practice Course Shells Now Live for Fall Course Instructors

Canvas Practice Course Shells Now Live for Fall Course Instructors

07/06/2020
You should now have access to a practice shell in Canvas. We encourage you to follow the steps below to get started with Canvas and explore additional resources to support your entrée into Canvas. 

Fall 2020 Courses at Texas A&M University

Fall 2020 Courses at Texas A&M University

06/29/2020

As we approach mid-summer, I want to share the most current information available on how Texas A&M University plans to implement classes this fall.  As you know by now, it is incredibly difficult to predict just how the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the COVID-19 disease will impact us locally.



Fall 2020 Class Instruction Guidance

Fall 2020 Class Instruction Guidance

06/29/2020
Message to Students

Fall 2020 Class Instruction Guidance

Fall 2020 Class Instruction Guidance

06/29/2020
Message to Faculty and Staff

Practice Courses Available in Canvas July 6 for Fall Course Instructors

Practice Courses Available in Canvas July 6 for Fall Course Instructors

06/28/2020
On July 6, 2020, all faculty assigned to teach in the fall will be issued one practice course shell in Canvas. This will provide a space for you to get familiar with Canvas’ tools, practice importing content from eCampus, and build content from scratch in Canvas.

Fall Semester Classes and Scheduling

Fall Semester Classes and Scheduling

06/15/2020
While 2020 has been anything but conventional, I hope this message finds you healthy and safe. Once again, I want to thank each of you for the hard work, patience, and tenacity in completing the spring semester. Although it was incredibly difficult, you rose to the challenge. Thank you.  

Keep Teaching Updates for Summer 2020 Terms

Keep Teaching Updates for Summer 2020 Terms

05/11/2020
If you are teaching in Summer 2020, you should now have access to your course in eCampus. We recommend you use Texas A&M University's Learning Management System – eCampus – as the university continues its Keep Teaching initiative. 

Keep Teaching Updates for Summer 2020 Terms

Keep Teaching Updates for Summer 2020 Terms

05/11/2020
Keep Teaching Updates for Summer 2020 Terms

Graduation Celebrations Online Friday, May 8

Graduation Celebrations Online Friday, May 8

05/06/2020
Graduation Celebrations Online Friday, May 8

Graduation Celebrations Online Friday, May 8

Graduation Celebrations Online Friday, May 8

05/06/2020
This is an exciting week for you as we celebrate this important milestone in your life. I invite you to view the university’s graduation celebration and virtual conferral of your degree, which will be available at gradcelebration.tamu.edu at 9  a.m. on Friday, May 8th. While this is not intended to replace your in-person commencement, it will provide you and your loved ones the opportunity to share in this very special accomplishment. The video will continue to be available for you to enjoy through the next week.  

Updates for Summer & Fall 2020

Updates for Summer & Fall 2020

05/04/2020
I want to start by thanking everyone for their heroic efforts in continuing teaching over the past semester. Your commitment to the students and to our community has been awesome. I have been incredibly impressed by the Texas Aggie “can do” spirit and overwhelmed by your outstanding response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only have you managed to continue providing an outstanding education for our students, you have demonstrated what it means to be resilient, flexible, and creative in a crisis.  Your example of how to step up in the face of a crisis has made a lifelong impression on our students and our community. Thank you!

Guidance on Spring 2020 Final Exams

Guidance on Spring 2020 Final Exams

04/24/2020
The Office for Academic Innovation seeks to support instructors in preparation for final exams. The resources included below are for instructors who need assistance creating and administering exams in eCampus.

Graduation Celebration & Virtual Conferral of Degrees

Graduation Celebration & Virtual Conferral of Degrees

04/24/2020
We are incredibly proud of your accomplishments and want to celebrate this monumental period with you. We are planning a graduation celebration and a virtual conferring of degrees on Friday, May 8. Your department or college may also be planning a virtual celebration with you, as well. 

Deadline Extended to Change Grades  to S/U

Deadline Extended to Change Grades to S/U

04/24/2020
President Young has approved a recommendation by the Faculty Senate executive committee to extend the time that students have to opt-in to S/U grading. 

Guidance on Spring 2020 Final Exams

Guidance on Spring 2020 Final Exams

04/21/2020
The following provides guidance and clarification for final exams as well as new information about students who are ill.

Feedback on Remote Access to Coursework during COVID-19

Feedback on Remote Access to Coursework during COVID-19

04/16/2020
Earlier this month, you were asked to complete a brief survey about your experience with our temporary transformation to remote delivery of our courses. The survey was developed and is being administered by Hanover Research on behalf of Texas A&M University, and authorized by the president and provost. Your responses will be confidential, with no personally identifying information provided to the university. This is a friendly reminder to please take 2 – 3 minutes to complete this survey to help university leadership refine and improve the educational experience of our students at Texas A&M during these uncertain times.  

New Student Form for Personal Injury/Illness

New Student Form for Personal Injury/Illness

04/14/2020
A new form is available if you are ill/injured and cannot keep up with your courses.

Message to Faculty: New Student Form for Personal Injury/Illness

Message to Faculty: New Student Form for Personal Injury/Illness

04/14/2020
Please be aware that the following message is being distributed to students today regarding illnesses that impact their ability to make progress in a course. If you have questions, please contact your respective Graduate Operations Council (GOC) or Academic Operations Council (AOC) dean.

Feedback About Online Learning at Texas A&M

Feedback About Online Learning at Texas A&M

04/06/2020
Texas A&M University students, parents of students, faculty, and staff are all experiencing change during these extraordinary times. We would like to learn more about your experience with our temporary transformation to a full-time, online learning experience. Please take 2 – 3 minutes to complete a survey that can help us continue to refine and improve the online educational experience at Texas A&M. Your responses will remain confidential and anonymous.

Online Delivery for Summer Courses

Online Delivery for Summer Courses

04/02/2020
All summer courses offered through Texas A&M University in the first, second, and 10-week summer terms (including the May “minimester”) will be delivered online. We had hoped to resume coursework on campus for the second summer session, but with preregistration underway, some uncertainty on the apex of COVID19, and the need for both our students, faculty, and staff to plan, we have decided to move forward with the decision to teach all summer courses online.  

Guidance for S/U Grading

Guidance for S/U Grading

04/01/2020
Relationship between A-F grades and S/U grades—The relationship between letter grades A-F and S/U is described in Student Rule 10 Grading and varies depending on the academic level of the course:

To Faculty: Zoombombing, Course Resources, and Online Teaching

To Faculty: Zoombombing, Course Resources, and Online Teaching

03/30/2020
As we begin week 2 online, here is additional information about delivery of your courses.

Plans for Summer 2020 Course Offerings

Plans for Summer 2020 Course Offerings

03/26/2020
Thank you to students, faculty and staff for what has been a relatively smooth week back in, moving to our online format in the wake of COVID-19 coronavirus. There may be some bumps in the road as we continue through the spring semester but I am confident that we will continue to work to overcome any challenges and will certainly continue to provide students a world-class education.

Students: Plans for Summer 2020 Course Offerings

Students: Plans for Summer 2020 Course Offerings

03/26/2020
We made the decision this week that all courses in the first summer term, the 10-week summer term, and the May “minimester” will be delivered online. In an effort to help students, distance education differential tuition will not be charged for online courses this summer at an individual course level. For distance education degree programs with a program fee, there is no change in how they will be charged.

Temporary Changes to Grading, Q-Drop, and Withdrawal Guidelines

Temporary Changes to Grading, Q-Drop, and Withdrawal Guidelines

03/21/2020
Upon a recommendation from the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and approved by President Young, students will have the opportunity to choose Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grading for any course in which they are enrolled in the spring semester 2020. Students have until 5pm on Tuesday, April 28th to make changes to their grading options. Details of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee’s proposal are outlined below. Additional guidance to students on how to opt-in to S/U grading will be provided next week. This may not be applicable to students in first professional degree programs who should contact their program for grading information. 

Faculty Resources, Internet, and Study Areas

Faculty Resources, Internet, and Study Areas

03/20/2020
Classes resume online no earlier than Monday, March 23. Please communicate no later than today with your students and provide a revised syllabus. Syllabi should be updated through Howdy, as well.
As a reminder, no student may be required to be on campus. Information about changes to all university operations is here

Academic Advising Update to Advisors

Academic Advising Update to Advisors

03/19/2020
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our institutional landscape continues to change very quickly. This week, instructors work to move their remaining course content online, removing all face-to-face interactions. As a precaution to the health and well-being of everyone, we are requiring all advising appointments be conducted online for the remainder of the spring semester.

Academic Advising Update to Students

Academic Advising Update to Students

03/19/2020
Your safety and success remain our number one priority. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time as Texas A&M University, like most other institutions in the U.S., transitions to an online format based on the CDC recommendations given the COVID-19 (“coronavirus”) pandemic. Visit the university’s dedicated website on COVID-19: www.tamu.edu/coronavirus/

Texas A&M Spring Graduation Ceremonies Postponed, Finals Go Online, Family Weekend...

Texas A&M Spring Graduation Ceremonies Postponed, Finals Go Online, Family Weekend...

03/17/2020
Due to the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on event sizes announced by the White House, Spring graduation ceremonies will be postponed. The university is planning mail delivery of diplomas to graduates (with normal shipping costs waived) and is also considering opportunities for in-person ceremony options later this summer for those May graduates wishing to do so. There is no impact at this time to August in-person graduation ceremonies.

All Courses Now Loaded into eCampus

All Courses Now Loaded into eCampus

03/15/2020
Thank you for your patience as we move our courses online.  I am writing to update you on several developments related to course delivery.

Guidance Regarding Online Classes March 16-20

Guidance Regarding Online Classes March 16-20

03/14/2020
Below is an update which has also been shared with department and college leadership to help clarify the March 16-20 online classes. This information is also being posted on the central website today and shared via social media to help clarify.

Faculty Resources and Training for Online Instruction

Faculty Resources and Training for Online Instruction

03/13/2020
To facilitate the move to online instruction beginning March 23, 2020 there are several resources and training opportunities available on campus and via Zoom next week. If you have graduate teaching assistants who would benefit from this information, please share this with them.

Classes Cancelled March 16-20, Will Resume Online-Only March 23-April 28

Classes Cancelled March 16-20, Will Resume Online-Only March 23-April 28

03/12/2020
Classes are canceled for the full week of March 16-20. This time will enable faculty, staff and student leaders to continue coordinated planning for the remainder of the semester.

Time Sensitive Faculty Guidance for March 16-17

Time Sensitive Faculty Guidance for March 16-17

03/10/2020
Classes on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 are suspended and will resume as scheduled on Wednesday, March 18.

Texas A&M Classes Resume Wednesday, March 18

Texas A&M Classes Resume Wednesday, March 18

03/10/2020
Please be advised that classes will not resume until Wednesday, March 18 to allow for planning and logistics to ensure the provision of all university services in the most efficient, effective and safest way. Dining, transportation, health, counseling and other services will be available on a normal schedule Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17.