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Faculty Resources and Training for Online Instruction

Published on Fri 03/13/20

Dear Faculty,

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.

Getting Started

Keepteaching.tamu.edu is a comprehensive resource to get you through moving your course online. Please review this resource before you attend training sessions or seek walk-in support, as many of your questions may be answered by this resource.

TAMU Training for Zoom and Google Classroom

The Office for Academic Innovation in partnership with staff from the Center for Teaching Excellence, Division of IT’s Help Desk Central, and University Libraries will host 50-minute training sessions for Zoom and Google Classroom beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. Participants can choose to attend in person (at Evans Library Annex or the Student Rec Center) or online via Zoom.

Please click here for a full schedule with links to register. Registration is required in order to accommodate limits on room capacity and to follow COVID-19 guidance on social distancing.

A training schedule is confirmed for Monday and Tuesday, March 16 – 17, 2020. A training schedule for the remainder of the week will be released Tuesday afternoon.

Live ZoomTraining Offered by Zoom

Zoom is offering 45-minute live training beginning next week for using Zoom for Education. This training opportunity is free-of-charge. Register by clicking here.

Walk-In Support

Increased walk-in support will be available beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. Please click here for walk-in support locations. NOTE: walk-in support will be geared toward trouble-shooting issues faculty may encounter moving courses online. Those who need assistance learning Zoom or Google Classroom should attend training BEFORE seeking walk-in support.

Training School/College Support Staff

We encourage you to utilize training resources being mobilized in the Schools, Colleges, and Departments. In many instances we are coordinating training materials so that there is consistency in how we are encouraging faculty to use technology to facilitate course delivery.

Please note that the Office for Academic Innovation’s Heldenfels location (004) will be closed to walk-ins March 16 – 20, 2020 as these staff are being deployed to more accessible locations across campus.

Additional Information

  • Each college is determining how to handle labs. Please consult with your Dean’s office.

  • Clinical care in medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, and vetmed is authorized to continue, but please consult with your Dean’s office for additional information.

  • Synchronous courses may be converted for asynchronous delivery. No additional curricular approvals are required for this semester.

  • Any change to the course syllabus must be communicated in advance to students.

Additional information will be posted to the keepteaching site.

Sent on behalf of Michael T. Stephenson, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs & Strategic Initiatives and Jocelyn Widmer, Assistant Provost for Academic Innovation