Information for Faculty and Staff

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As part of the University’s response to COVID-19, NU President Ted Carter and Chancellor Ronnie Green have asked that all staff that are able to work remotely do so beginning on Monday, March 23. Beginning Friday, March 20 at 5 p.m. McCollum Hall and the Schmid Law Library will be closed to student and public access.

The College of Law staff and administrators will be working vigilantly to ensure that your needs are met and our students’ academic progress can continue. You should feel free to contact any member of the staff, faculty or administration by email. Staff will respond as quickly as possible.

This page combines resources from the Center for Transformative Teaching's Keep Teaching website, the College of Business's Instructor Resources center, and additional resources developed by our College of Law I.T. and A/V staff. We have compiled these in a central location to assist Law faculty and staff as we teach (or work) remotely.

Employee Assistance Programs Exams IT Support Teaching Resources Security Resources Law IT Resources Course Evaluations Student Concerns and Feedback Recording of Class-Related Activity Ferpa Considerations 


Beware of Coronavirus Scams!

Opportunistic vendors and scammers are taking advantage of the public health crisis to trick faculty and staff into acquiring their products, logging into fake/malicious webpages, or even spreading malware. Read more at: https://its.nebraska.edu/covid-19/digital-security-best-practices/beware-of-coronavirus-scams


Employee Assistance Program

News regarding COVID-19 has created stress for many. For others, it has added to existing anxieties. The Employee Assistance Program is offering information to help navigate this time of uncertainty.

 

Exams

All exams will be administered as take-home exams this spring. We anticipate that all exams will be made available beginning on April 27. For all May graduates and 1L students in the 3-3 program, exams must be completed by noon on Monday, May 4. All other students have until noon on Wednesday, May 6, to complete exams. This means that students will be able to space out their exams, eliminate conflicts that would have affected them under the prior on-campus exam schedule that was posted for spring finals, and help them begin planning now about how to sequence their preparation/study strategies. Note that professors will set the length of time that students are allotted to complete their exams after they obtain the exam questions—so they must start exams early enough to leave themselves time to complete them before noon on the appropriate deadline date. To be clear, students will decide when to start a given exam, but once they download the questions their “clock” begins to run, and they will have to submit their answers in Exam4 before the time designated by the professor elapses.

Professors will also determine the exam format (essay, multiple choice, paper, etc.). If a professor instructs students to write a paper instead of assigning a final exam, the professor will give them instructions about where to email the paper for grading (e.g., to the professor directly or to the professor’s assistant).

There are other exam procedures that are still under consideration. These include procedures for students to request technical support, if needed, during an exam, and whether there will be any modifications to grading systems. So, there will be more information forthcoming about these and other exam-related procedures as we move into April.

These new procedures offer us some advantages, including especially flexibility, that will help us navigate this difficult time. But they also place a great deal of responsibility on the student.

As noted above, more information is forthcoming. But, if you have questions about the foregoing information, please contact Marc Pearce.


IT Support

Links to common services and contact information are published on the Law I.T. for Faculty & Staff web page.

To suggest other content or request instructions that we should add to this page, email Chris Evans.


Teaching Resources

The College of Business instructional design team will host Zoom drop-in office hours and taking individual appointments. If you need assistance with Canvas, capturing content, operating Zoom, updating syllabi, brainstorming ideas, or addressing other instructional issues, feel free to contact them.  

There are two ways to receive support:

  1. Zoom drop-in office hours for Monday, April 6th - Friday, April 10th are 2pm-4pm CDT.
  • Individuals can join at any time during those hours by clicking on this link:https://go.unl.edu/remoteteachingsupport
  • We typically set-up Zoom to have a waiting room enabled to limit disruption/distraction in the main Zoom room. In most cases there isn’t a wait or we are able to place the instructor into a breakout room with another member of the Instructional Design team.
  1. Individual Appointments:  
  • We offer individual appointments during regular work hours if an instructor prefers or if the drop-in times don’t meet their scheduling needs.
  • To set-up an individual time, click on this Calendly Link. It will show the College of Business instructional designers’ availability and allow the user to select a time that fits their schedule.
Training Courses:

Canvas 101: https://canvas.unl.edu/courses/38129

Learn Zoomhttp://go.unl.edu/learnzoom

Using VidGridhttps://canvas.unl.edu/courses/28412/pages/using-vidgrid

Box University: https://box.csod.com/client/box/default.aspx
(Click the "Login With Box" button, and use your existing UNL login)

Step-by-Step Teaching Guides:

Embed a Box Folder in your Canvas course: [PDF]

Hack the Canvas Groups feature to make a Student File Upload folder: [PDF]

Record audio on your Smartphone and upload it to Box:  [Android] [iOS]

Add audio narration to your existing PowerPoint presentation: [Microsoft Support topic]

How should I record my lecture? Comparing Zoom vs. VidGrid: [PDF]

How to record using VidGrid: [Windows] [macOS]

Set up your Zoom Personal Meeting room: [PDF]

Change your Zoom Personal Meeting ID and Link Name: [PDF]

Turn your Smartphone into a Document Camera with Zoom: [Video]

How to record a Zoom Meeting: [Windows] [macOS]

How to move your recorded Zoom Meeting to a Box folder: [PDF]

Call into your Personal Meeting using only a telephone: [PDF]
(You must first configure your Zoom Personal Meeting room before you can use this method.)

Integrate Zoom into your Canvas Course: [PDF]

Step-by-Step Remote Working Guides:

Install and connect to the Nebraska VPN: [PDF]

Install Microsoft Office apps on your computer: [PDF]

Log into your Box Account the first time: [PDF]

Turn on Call Forwarding on your office phone: [PDF]

"Keep Teaching" Guide (Center for Transformative Teaching): https://teaching.unl.edu/keep-teaching/

UNL College of Business Instructor Resources site: https://canvas.unl.edu/courses/1374

Mobile Apps:

Canvas Teacher: [iOS] [Android]

Zoom Cloud Meetings: [iOS] [Android]

Security Resources

There are several ways we all can be more secure while working remotely.

ITS has developed information and resources to help people understand the importance of staying safe and how to stay safe: https://its.nebraska.edu/covid-19/beware-of-coronavirus-scams

Additionally, you can find helpful resources on using technology to work from home here: https://its.nebraska.edu/covid-19/remote-work
A VPN connection is only required for certain systems, you can learn more on the VPN section of the Remote Work page. See the link above for more info.

Information about how to use Zoom in a safe and secure way can be found here: https://its.unl.edu/services/zoom/
Specific information about making sure your meetings are more secure can be found here:


More Law IT Resources

Links to common services and contact information are published on the Law I.T. for Faculty & Staff web page.

To suggest other content or request instructions that we should add to this page, email Chris Evans. Thank you.


Course Evaluations

Student course evaluations will proceed as usual for spring 2020. Instructors have the option of not having their results for this semester considered in merit decisions, including annual evaluations, reappointment, promotion, and tenure. If instructors choose to opt-out of having their student course evaluation results being included in their evaluation portfolios, they need to notify their dean or department chair of that decision. Note that giving instructors this option has the potential of causing inconsistencies in what data is considered when departments and colleges perform faculty evaluations, and we anticipate that conversations with deans and department chairs will commence in the fall about how to manage this additional complexity.


Student Concerns and Feedback

Remote learning can make it difficult for students to know how they can ask questions, raise concerns and share positive feedback about their learning experiences. Since they can no longer connect in-person, it's important for them to have a clear path of communication. Instructors are encouraged to use this text to post contact informaIon as an announcement in each of their Canvas courses.

Your experience with remote learning in this course is important to me. If you have questions, concerns, or positive feedback, please contact me at [Canvas inbox, email address, or phone number]. If I am unable to respond, or you feel I've not adequately addressed your concerns, you can contact [department contact name, email and/or phone number]. If your concern is still not resolved, please contact [college contact name, email and/or phone number].


Recording of Class-Related Activity

Instructors have shared concerns about students recording class-related activity, particularly in how that relates to their intellectual property. The following text has been approved by university general counsel for addition to the syllabus secIon of Canvas courses. The decision of whether to include this text can be made at the instructor level, but note that the protections described in the text will only apply to your course if you include the text in your course informaIon.

I invite all of you to join me in actively creating and contributing to a positive, productive, and respectful classroom culture. Each student contributes to an environment that shapes the learning process. Any work and/or communication that you are privy to as a member of this course should be treated as the intellectual property of the speaker/creator, and is not to be shared outside the context of this course.

Students may not make or distribute screen captures, audio/video recordings of, or livestream, any class-related activity, including lectures and presentations, without express prior written consent from me or an approved accommodation from Services for Students with Disabilities. If you have (or think you may have) a disability such that you need to record or tape class-related activities, you should contact Services for Students with Disabilities. If you have an accommodation to record class-related activities, those recordings may not be shared with any other student, whether in this course or not, or with any other person or on any other platform. Failure to follow this policy on recording or distributing class-related activities may subject you to discipline under the Student Code of Conduct.


FERPA Considerations

Now that many students have returned home, we need to be mindful of FERPA compliance. Insist that your students use their @husker.unl.edu email addresses; that way you know you are communicating directly with students themselves. When having online meetings, have a "Before we begin" conversation to make sure students remain protected by FERPA.

Before we begin, I know there may be others nearby during our discussion and I might reference academic information that is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Are you okay continuing with our conversation? Are there things you’d prefer I not share or share only using the chat function?

If you are unsure about the wriden consent status of a student, the assigned academic advisor in your department can check for you.


Additional faculty and staff information is available at https://covid19.unl.edu/faculty-staff.