Published on Mon 08/10/20
Dear Texas A&M Community:
As we spend the next week preparing for fall classes, I feel a deep sense of gratitude for how our university community responded and helped our students through their education in the middle of a pandemic. This fall will be very different from last spring — and it won’t be perfect. But thanks to your efforts, I am confident we are doing everything we can to provide the best education as safely as possible. Please continue maintaining physical distancing, wearing face covering, washing hands, staying home if you feel ill, and answering phone calls from the contact tracers and following their instructions to self-isolate or get a COVID-19 test, as needed.
First Look at the Classroom
I am excited to release this short video which shows you how our university-managed classrooms have changed based on the work of Instructional Media Services and SSC. Thanks to Dr. Julie Harlin, some great Aggie students, Provost Communications, and Provost IT for pulling this together so quickly.
Details will be released tomorrow, but most buildings with Registrar-managed classrooms will be open Wednesday through Friday. Additionally, Instructional Media Services (IMS) will host visits in some classrooms this week to show you the technology and answer questions about the new cameras and microphones for remote streaming. All Registrar-managed classrooms will be accessible on Monday, August 17th.
Access to non-traditional rooms will be early next week. Reed Arena classrooms will be available Monday, August 17th, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Kyle Field rooms will be available on the afternoon of Monday, August 17th. Rooms managed by Student Affairs will be available on Monday, August 17th, and Tuesday, August 18th.
Using Classroom Technology
Here are the highly anticipated instructions on how to use the technology and cameras in your classrooms (written and pretested with faculty for clarity). Binders with this information are located on each classroom podium and they are posted on keepteaching.tamu.edu.
Preparing for Teaching
Earlier today, the Center for Teaching Excellence announced another session of Teaching Face to Face with Remote Instruction. If you are unable to attend or the session fills, CTE will post a recording to their YouTube channel in days to come.
For those teaching online, the Office for Academic Innovation hosted The Big Splash, a two-day virtual event featuring keynotes, panel discussions, and training opportunities linking best practices and innovative technology applications to the digital learning environment in Canvas. Each was recorded and will be available by the middle of the week on their YouTube channel.
Rosters of Students Attending
For your planning purposes, the rosters in Howdy now show the number of students who indicated if they will attend remotely even though they have a scheduled face-to-face class (about 50,000 students have responded). The same information is on the remote class rosters even though all students are remote for that class. This may change as the semester progresses, but this should provide a starting point for your planning.
Final Exam Dates
Final exam schedules are now available here.
I wish you all the best as you finish up your preparation for fall!