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Keep Teaching Updates for Summer 2020 Terms

Published on Mon 05/11/20

Dear Campus Community,


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 WEBSITE
We have revamped keepteaching.tamu.edu to step course instructors and teaching assistants through the design and facilitation of online delivery. In this guide we highlight best practices and link to opportunities that will be available to you after the university transitions to Canvas in the coming semesters. We have also created time-saving checklists and sample communication that we encourage you to use.

IMPORTANT ECAMPUS INFORMATION
1. Summer Course Combining Requests
If you need courses combined for the summer semester, please follow the steps below:

  • Email aihelp@tamu.edu

  • Add Subject: Summer Course Combining Request

  • In the body of the email include: subject, course and section number(s) of all courses to combine

NOTE: Course combining should be completed before students have access to the course and before content is added.
2. Adding Additional Members to your Course
How to add Teaching Assistants, Alternate Instructors, etc. to Courses in eCampus:
Visit eCampusTools.tamu.edu and log in

  • Click on Member Management

  • Choose the course to add members to

  • Enter the UIN or NetID of member, click Validate, and select the course role

  • For a detailed list of steps and role definitions, please visit: u.tamu.edu/KB0012169

NOTE: Role Definitions are located at the bottom of the Enroll Members page
3. eCampus Schedule Maintenance
eCampus will undergo scheduled maintenance from 6:00 pm Friday, May 15 – 6:00 pm Saturday, May 16. Please plan accordingly as you prepare your Summer 2020 courses.

STUDENT FEEDBACK TO IMPROVE YOUR SUMMER 2020 COURSE
We have compiled student feedback from Keep Teaching during the Spring 2020 semester into 12 Things we Heard from Students with tips to help you better facilitate your online courses moving forward. 

VIRTUAL TRAINING & OFFICE HOURS
The Office for Academic Innovation will offer virtual training opportunities and office hours to help course instructors and teaching assistants design and facilitate online courses for the Summer 2020 terms. View our Training and Office Hours schedule
We also encourage you to check out our social media channels for up-to-date training bites and other helpful resources.


CANVAS IMPLEMENTATION AT TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
As a reminder, Canvas will not be available for course instruction until the Summer 2 term. We will be communicating with Summer 2 course instructors and teaching assistants shortly on next steps if you elect to use Canvas. Further information on Texas A&M University’s Canvas implementation can be found here.

NEED ASSISTANCE?


The AI Service Desk (aihelp@tamu.edu) is available to assist faculty with Keep Teaching questions.

Keep Teaching! 
Jocelyn Widmer
Assistant Provost for Academic Innovation