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To Faculty: Zoombombing, Course Resources, and Online Teaching

Published on Mon 03/30/20

Dear Faculty:

As we begin week 2 online, here is additional information about delivery of your courses.
 
Zoombombing: Secure your Zoom class
With some reports that unauthorized individuals are joining Zoom classes and engaging in “Addressing Zoombombing,” we have a 45-second video on how instructors can set up courses to prevent this on keepteaching.tamu.edu. Written instructions are also provided just below the video in Getting Started with Zoom - Step 2 “Schedule a Class/Meeting.” 

Course Texts and Materials
Many students did not return to campus after spring break to retrieve their textbooks and course materials. University Libraries has created this web page to assist with this issue. Please note that it is more efficient for the library to work with one single request from the faculty member for course materials rather than individual requests from each student in a course.

Reminders/Updates
•    Synchronous courses must be taught at the time they were originally scheduled. Please remember that students’ schedules did not change with the move to online.
 
•    Please be mindful that students in some areas are experiencing connectivity issues to campus resources including during exams. Although Texas A&M’s connections with Zoom, eCampus, and other technologies have been reliable, we do have reports of problems with internet service providers in local communities. Your understanding of these issues is deeply appreciated.
 
•    All course materials must be accessible on multiple electronic devices, including phones and tablets, not just desktop or laptop computers.
 
•    This week, the university will provide additional guidance to faculty about (a) the logistics of S/U grading, (b) a panel to assist faculty with Zoom proctoring, and (c) information about students who have been inactive in their classes since moving online. 
We are deeply grateful to each of you for the time and energy you invested during these past two weeks. Both the move to online delivery and the situation in which we find ourselves are incredibly disruptive, and they continue to be major stressors at multiple levels for staff, faculty, and students. Thank you for your patience, your leadership, and your dedication to the students in your classes during this time.

Sincerely,

Michael T. Stephenson
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Strategic Initiatives