Faculty

 ACADEMIC SERVICES: FALL 2020

As the semester approaches, we can expect that our students will need even more support than in previous fall semesters.  During this unpredictable time, you are encouraged to reach out to students individually, if they appear to be struggling academically or their attendance or participation in class decreases unexpectedly.  For those facing challenges, a phone call from their professor with a referral to services is often what a student needs to get back on track.

This email will provide you with resources for referring students to services and accessing interventions for your students directly.  The idea is to make this as useful to faculty as possible, so that you can copy, paste, and email links and contact information to students.  To access updated information about academic services at any time, visit the faculty landing page on the COVID-19 Updates website.

The following is not an exhaustive list of services.  Instead it focuses on the adaptations and additions Lewis has made to serve students’ needs this fall.  Please see the detailed documents developed by Academic Services and the Library for detailed and comprehensive information by clicking on the links below.

To refer students, consider the following:

Academic Services will offer virtual support for students, and in-person services will be offered by appointment only when staff begin a staggered schedule beginning the week of August 17th.   Students can make appointments, whether virtual or in-person, by pointing their browser to the following link:  https://www.lewisu.edu/case/appointment.  In addition to individual appointments, there will be virtual, drop in office hours each Wednesday.  The support services available this fall include but are not limited to:

  • Services for Students with Disabilities and The Accommodated Testing Center are available to students who would like to discuss learning accommodations.  Students who have documentation work with the Learning Access Coordinator to develop an accommodation plan.

    The Accommodated Testing Center will be available for eligible students.  Students should call (815)836-5593 to check availability and learn about scheduling policies and check-in procedures.

    Students who require academic accommodations due to disability caused or exacerbated by COVID-19, have a medical condition in which they must limit risk of exposure to COVID-19, or have a record of having COVID-19, can engage in an interactive process with the Learning Access Coordinator to explore all avenues for academic accommodations.

  • Access to Technology: As part of Lewis University’s Mission-inspired efforts to support students as they pursue their academic goals during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have established the Student Technology Academic Resources (STAR) Program. Laptop computers and Wi-Fi hotspots are available for loan to students who are in need of these resources during the Fall 2020 semester. Students who would like to be considered for this program should complete the application form, which is available at www.lewisu.edu/star. All forms must be submitted by Monday, August 24, 2020 for priority consideration.

  • Peer-to-Peer Tutoring Services will be available online.  To make an appointment, students can go to www.lewisu.edu/appointment.  Students are also encouraged to access Brainfuse, an online tutoring service that provides live tutoring in a wide range of subjects.  Brain fuse can be accessed through the MyLewis portal.

  • Walk-In Wednesdays will enable students to obtain academic support virtually:
    • Academic Support Virtual Office Hours:  Wednesdays, 9:00am-4:00pm
    • Students can access virtual office hours by following this link:  https://tinyurl.com/ASWalkInWednesday or by calling in via (571)392-7650 and using PIN:  295 368 3297.
  • Blackboard Support and Virtual Walk-In Hours will be available at published times (see attachment). Students who need support with Blackboard can also submit a service ticket.

  • General Study Space will be available on Saturdays from 9:00am-3:30pm in the CASE Commons.  Private study space may be available during the week for eligible students with accommodations in the Accommodated Testing Center.  Students interested in private study space are asked to contact Academic Services to determine availability at (815)836-5593.  Additionally, student study spaces will be available across campus in classrooms and conference rooms.  More information about how to refer students and access these spaces will be forthcoming.

  • The Writing Center will also be available for students who want to grow as writers or need support developing a writing assignment.  At the beginning of the semester, the Writing Center will offer remote appointments.  Once face-to-face appointments begin, there will be a limited number of face-to-face appointments at all times, to ensure physical distancing.  Students can make an appointment online at this link:  https://lewisu.mywconline.com/

  • The Library has multiple resources for students that can be accessed on campus or from a distance.   Please see the Library’s website for Fall 2020 hours.  The following is an overview of library services for students.  Full details about library preparations and resources for faculty are attached.
    • Students will be able to access computers within the library.  The number of terminals will be reduced by 50%, and disposable keyboard covers will be available.
    • The Library’s collections are available 24/7 through the website and new discovery tool, Primo.  Access to the Library’s physical collection will be available during open hours.
    • Students will be able to submit a question to a Reference Librarian electronically as well as schedule a virtual appointment by clicking on this link.

In addition to referring students to resources, you can reach out for support on behalf of your students.  You are also encouraged to request intervention for your students in the following ways:

  • Request Academic Intervention are a critical way of helping students who may be struggling.  If you have a student who is at risk of failing, has missed class repeatedly, or has not participated in online learning, please complete a request for academic intervention by clicking here:  http://lewisu.edu/case/larcform.htm.

    You may want to inform CASE about a student who needs additional academic support, accommodations, or access to technology in order to complete their coursework.  Please email academicservices@lewisu.edu and staff will contact the student.

  • Report a concern to the Assessment and Care Team if a student is affected by COVID-19 (with illness, academic struggles and financial concerns) might contact you. Like any other time when students reach out to you about their challenges, there are available resources.

    If you have a concern about a student, please reach out to the Assessment & Care Team (ACT), who provides support, resources, referrals and response as appropriate with regard to the University community. An online form is always available at www.lewisu.edu/act for you to report a concern about a student. ACT will follow up with the appropriate additional support.

This list of academic services and referral resources is only an overview of what is available to you and your students during the fall semester.  Staff and administrators across campus are here to support you and your students.

Fall 2020 Downloads



 FACULTY DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

During Summer and Fall 2020, there are ongoing faculty development opportunities to enhance teaching and learning in online, blended, and traditional face-to-face courses.

Teaching Tuesdays 2020: Lasallian Pedagogy for Digital Teaching is a series of workshops providing faculty with an opportunity to reflect, and take action, on your teaching and learning as we enter a new era of teaching. We will focus on methods for increasing ‘engagement’ in the classroom, digital or otherwise. 

  • To review the schedule and register for a workshop, click on this link
  • To access archived workshops, visit the Teaching Tuesdays Organization on Blackboard.

The Faculty Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning is available to support you as you design online and blended courses or to learn more about enhancing face-to-face courses with Blackboard.  Visit the:

  • Creating and Maintaining Online Courses Blackboard Shell for tutorials.
  • Faculty Center Workshop homepage to review the schedule and register by clicking on this link.  Weekly emails from the Faculty Center regularly announce upcoming workshops.

If you have individualized questions about preparing your courses, click on this link to submit a service ticket to the Faculty Center team.  By submitting a ticket, you will receive prompt support.  Phoning or emailing a staff member may result in delays, if they are in the process of supporting another faculty member.


 FALL 2020 ONLINE TEACHING QUALITY STANDARDS

In the transition to Fall 2020 online courses, faculty have the opportunity to continue to enhance online teaching and learning.  Fortunately, faculty governance has developed and approved the Review of Online Courses (ROC) rubric/checklist that contain guidance and standards for online courses.  For the purposes of Fall 2020 course development, the following three categories within the rubric/checklist have been identified as quality standards.

The Faculty Center is here to support you as you develop your fall courses. Additional help with organization, interaction, and student assessment in online courses can be obtained by:

  • Submitting a service desk ticket (select the Instructional Design category)
  • Pairing up with an experienced online instructor in your program/department.
  • Utilizing the instructional materials on the “Creating and Maintaining Online Courses” Blackboard shell
  • Visiting the Faculty Center’s Tutorial Site at http://lewistutorials.weebly.com/.

 INTERACTION

Interaction between faculty and the class as well as between students create community in online and hybrid courses.  Students want to connect with their professors and other students.  Without interactivity, students may feel as though they are teaching themselves, which can lead to feelings of isolation and frustration. A well-designed online course fosters many types of interaction not only the interaction between the student and course material. There is a direct connection between interactivity in an online or hybrid courses and student academic success. 

Instructor Presence
For expanded criteria please see section 2) Instruction, Contact, and Engagement with Students in the rubric/checklist.

Instructor presence is a hallmark of a successful online course. Instructors can show their social presence in a variety of ways.  Consider using a variety of technological tools when interacting with the class as a whole, including video and audio introductions and announcements, as well as text-based communication.

Instructions about how and when to reach instructor for help are clear and easy to find, including instructor's phone number, email address, and (if used) instructions for how to contact instructor by text.
Instructor's contact information should be included in the syllabus as well as inside the Blackboard shell (e.g. “Instructor” tab in the left vertical course navigation bar, inside the welcome announcement).

Announcements that remind students of upcoming deadlines, and offer guidance, or encourage students are posted every week.
The instructor can use announcements to summarize material covered in a learning unit, provide whole class feedback, preview new course material, and make connections between the existing and new content. Regular announcements keep students on track and make online learning feel less solitary.  Try using audio or video announcements, so that students can form a connection with you as the instructor.

Instructor participates in student-to-student interactions in strategic, substantive and instructive ways that impact entire class.
When an instructor participates in discussions and other activities with students, they can facilitate learning by offering further explanations, providing new insights, moving the conversation forward, and offering feedback and summary. Students gain the most from discussions and class interactions that require not only initial posts but also follow-up (peer) responses and include clear instructions, specific prompts (questions) to answer, set deadlines, and pre-specified grading criteria (e.g. in a rubric).

Student-Student interaction
For expanded criteria please see section 3) Active Student Learning in the rubric/checklist.

The instructor is not the only source of knowledge in an online course; students can learn from their peers as much as from the instructor. Student-student interaction can be achieved via whole class, small group, and pair activities. There are many types of assignments that are well suited for cooperative work such as discussions, peer reviews, peer feedback, and projects. Meaningful student-student interaction in each learning unit of the course is a part of the ROC rubric/checklist.

Varying the technological tools that foster interactivity also promotes student engagement and academic success.
There are multiple ways to facilitate student-to-student interaction.  Discussion boards are excellent tools for student interaction, but they are not the only type of assignment that facilitates interactivity.  Other tools, such as Voice Thread and Panopto can create opportunities for students to record audio or video posts. Utilize groups in Blackboard to create infrastructure for collaboration.

Instructions for student cooperative assignments are clear and thorough, including information about planning, implementing, presenting, and self-evaluating.
The success of collaborative projects depends on instructor's careful planning and structuring instructions. Breaking projects up into steps that needs to be completed throughout the course scaffolds the learning process and improves the quality of the final product.


 COURSE DESIGN AND ORGANIZATION

For expanded criteria please see section 1) Design and Organization of LMS in the rubric/checklist.

Course organization is pivotal and tied direction to student success.  The course should be well-organized and easy to navigate so students can start learning the moment they enter the virtual classroom and not lose valuable time trying to find their way around.  It is highly recommended that faculty use the Faculty Center's template for online courses.  It provides an outline and structure for the creation and delivery of the content of your class.

The course section home page provides a welcome announcement message, with instructor introduction, course section number, section, credit hours, and a brief overview of the course section goals.
A welcome announcement introduces the instructor, previews course topics, and orients students to the structure of the course to help them get a better understanding of the learning environment and work ahead.

Syllabus is a prominent menu tab.
Syllabus is uploaded to the Blackboard shell and there is a tab in the left vertical course navigation bar that links to the Syllabus area.

Learning units are labeled and presented in a logical manner.
Course content is organized by learning units (e.g. weeks, modules, topics) so it is easy for students to understand the structure of the course. The vertical left course navigation bar lists learning units. In order to help with the organization, the Faculty Center's website contains a Blackboard template organized by weeks that can be imported into any Blackboard shell.

List of instructional materials for each learning unit is provided, organized in the order students will use them.
All learning resources (e.g. PowerPoints, documents, links to external videos and websites) are included within the learning unit. Additionally, one of the best practices is to create an assignment folder and build all assignments inside the folder.


 STUDENT ASSESSMENT

For expanded criteria please see section 4) Grading in the rubric/checklist.

A variety of assessments types allow students to demonstrate the progress and mastery of course content in different ways. Quizzes, tests, projects, essays, discussion boards, blogs, and journals are some of the assessment tools within Blackboard.

Grading and feedback are ongoing throughout the course section, and the Blackboard Grade Center is used.
The instructor should use the Grade Center to enter grades and provide feedback to students. It is the most secure and efficient way of storing and disseminating grading information. The Grade Center allows in-line grading (inside the web browser) and text, audio, and video feedback.

Grading/scoring criteria for each assignment is clearly described to students before they begin work on assignments – rubrics are highly recommended.
Pre-specified grading criteria (with levels of achievement and values) help students know what exactly is expected of them. Rubrics can be attached to assignment instructions and even built inside Blackboard. Built-in rubrics expediate grading and delivery of feedback.

Deadlines are provided for each assignment.
Deadlines should be added to assignment instructions and built into assignment settings so they appear on the course calendar. A “Due Dates” tab can be added to the left vertical course navigation bar to help students with time management.



Online Course Self-Assessment Rubric

A self-assessment tool has been created to support you as you develop your fall courses.

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 ACADEMIC POLICY SYLLABUS STATEMENTS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Additional Syllabus Statements:  Fall 2020

Responsiveness to Change
Understanding that the COVID-19 pandemic could influence the course of this semester, Lewis University will be guided by our Lasallian mission and the well-being of our community of students, faculty, and staff in respond and adapting to any sudden changes or circumstances.  Based on the guidance of the State of Illinois and the Centers for Disease Control, it may be necessary to change the planned modality this course. 

Flexibility, Accommodations, and Student Absences
Because we are committed to student success, the University community is committed to academic standards while maintaining flexibility and empathy.   Absences relating to the Coronavirus crisis will be recognized as excused.  Students experiencing disruptions in their lives related to the Coronavirus that impact class attendance and participation should contact their instructor and/or college Dean’s Office for assistance.  Students directly impacted by Coronavirus will have the ability to request alternative grading this semester.  Requests will be evaluated on a case by case basis and will require documentation.

Students who require academic accommodations due to disability caused by COVID-19, or to limit risk of exposure to Coronavirus, can engage in an interactive process with the Learning Access Coordinator to explore all avenues for accommodations. Students can contact the Academic Services office at 815-836-5593 or learningaccess@lewisu.edu to request an appointment.

Face Coverings, Physical Distancing, and Surface Cleaning
Face coverings are required in classrooms.  Students will be expected to maintain physical distancing in the classroom (6 ft minimum) and to keep their nose and mouth covered at all times.  Faculty will require students without face covering to obtain a disposable mask at the nearest University office providing them.  While the University will disinfect classrooms and common spaces throughout the day, cleaning supplies will be provided in classrooms and offices so that students and faculty can wipe down work surfaces before class begins.


 CLASSROOM PREPARATION AND PROCEDURES

Facilities, Marketing, Procurement, and the Office of Technology have been developing the infrastructure for Lewis to offer on-campus class meetings during the Coronavirus Pandemic following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control, Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Building and Classroom Preparations
  • Classrooms will be cleaned by Sodexo once daily prior to classes starting.  Disinfecting of common areas, touchpoints, and restrooms will be performed by Sodexo frequently throughout the day.  The disinfection process between classes is still being reviewed.  Once a determination is made it will be presented to the Lewis Community. 

  • HVAC System programming will be modified to allow for longer run times which will increase the air exchange rate by bringing in more outside air when necessary.  We are also in the process of installing more efficient air filters.  All of these measures will help to improve the overall air quality inside the buildings.

  • Items requested by departments and programs for use in specialized learning spaces have been purchased and will be installed by the Facilities Department..  

  • Disposable face coverings have been purchased and will be available for those who forget or lose their personal face coverings. 

  • Microphones, projectors, and screens will be installed in larger classrooms when required by the Office of Technology in conjunction with the Facilities Department.
  • Signage has been created and will be posted throughout campus to reinforce physical distancing, hygiene, the use of face coverings, and other health and safety expectations on campus.

  • Classrooms will be arranged with appropriate signage and other markings in order to promote physical distancing.

  • Furniture in buildings will be removed from common areas when necessary.  Directional signage will be posted to provide guidance so that people will be able to move through corridors, entry ways, stairwells, etc. safely.

  • Narrow hallways may contain signage restricting two way traffic. 
Procedures for General Use Classrooms

The following procedures will set the foundation for class meeting in general use classrooms during the Fall 2020 Semester.  Classrooms designed for specific disciplines and learning experiences will be conducted according to approved plans that follow health and safety guidelines.

Face coverings will be worn at all times in University hallways, classrooms, and other common areas, including the classroom.  Faculty are empowered to reinforce the proper use of face coverings, and should direct students to obtain a disposable face mask at a designated office in the building. 

No eating or drinking will be permitted during class, because masks must not be removed, even partially, during class.

The class meeting process will be as follows:

  • If a class is still in session in the classroom when they arrive, students will wait outside of the classroom, following physical distancing guidelines and signage, until all students and the professor have exited the classroom. 

  • For classrooms with two doors, one will be marked “Enter” and the other “Exit.”  Students and faculty will use the appropriate doors to create a smooth transition between classes.  If a classroom has one door, that door will serve as both entrance and exit.

  • When students and faculty enter the classroom, they will use the Lewis App to scan a QR code to register their presence in the classroom.  A secondary QR code will be posted in the classroom, in case a student or faculty member does not remember to scan upon entrance.  Tracking who is present in each classroom will:
    • Enable contact tracing, if a positive case of COVID-19 is identified. 
    • Help identify an increase in absences across the institution, which could signal the existence of community spread.
  • Furniture in the classroom will be configured to create space for physical distancing.
    • In most cases, furniture has not been removed from classrooms.  You may notice that there are fewer chairs, but the tables remain, because they enhance distancing.
    • Furniture must stay in place and may not be moved by students or faculty.
    • Spaces where students are permitted to sit will be labeled with small signs that read “A” and “B.
  • After entering the classroom, faculty will go to the front of the room and consult a list of classes that will identify whether students in the specific class should sit at spaces labeled “A” or “B.”

  • Rooms will not be cleaned between every class meeting.  Students and faculty should sanitize their spaces for individual class meetings.

  • Students will sit in the same place during each class meeting and must not move to other chairs or tables during class.
    • Faculty will be required to record where students sit and keep a seating chart that may be used for contact tracing
    • It is recommended that faculty enable students to sit according to their preferences (within the guidelines above) on the first day of class and then inform students they will sit in the same place at each class meeting.
  • The faculty member will remain at the front of the classroom, unless the room is large enough to allow for movement while maintaining physical distancing.  In smaller rooms, a line on the floor will demarcate the faculty member’s space.

  • At the end of class, students and faculty will exit the classroom while maintaining distancing.    The last person out of the classroom should signal that the new class can enter to enhance distancing and prevent crowding.

  • Turnover between classes should be as efficient as possible.  Any one-on-one conversations between faculty and students after class must take place outside of the classroom.

These changes to class meetings are a departure from the familiar norms of college classrooms.  This will create challenges for students and faculty alike, but given our collective commitment to our students, class meetings will remain meaningful and engaging.


 CLASSROOM AND INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY

Over the summer, the Office of Technology has implemented projects to enhance teaching and learning during COVID-19 and beyond. While many of the improvements will impact all students and faculty, there are those that have been targeted to enhance the learning experience in specific classrooms. The following is an overview of these projects.

Access to Open and Specialized Computer Labs
  • Because of the difficulties of ensuring physical distancing and the challenges involved in sanitizing computers and keyboards, all open labs on campus, except for those in the Library, will be physically closed.
  • Open computer labs will be accessible virtually, as will the software resources they house.
  • Students will be able to remotely access a computer in an open lab from a web-based interface.
  • Specialized labs that house software specific to academic disciplines and departments are also eligible.
  • Faculty teaching in Mac labs will be able to remotely access students’ lab computers while teaching, so that they can assist students while maintaining physical distancing.
  • Contact your chair and dean if you would like to utilize remote access software or screen sharing technology in a specialized lab.
  • For additional information about remote access to academic software resources, please contact the Service Desk.
Classroom Technology
  • Select, larger classrooms have been enhanced with voice amplification systems. Faculty who will teach in these classrooms during Fall 2020 will be emailed instructions about the following:
    • Faculty Microphones: Faculty who will be teaching in larger classrooms will be issued headsets with microphones, so that their voices will carry despite the obstacles of face coverings and physically distancing.
    • Student Voice Amplification: Students in select classrooms will be able to amplify their voices by downloading an app on their cell phones.
    • The app, Crowd Mics, enables students to use their phones as microphones. It also enables faculty to moderate discussion.
    • Additional Projectors and Screens: Large classrooms that were previously used as conference and meeting rooms will have more than one projector and screen so that all students will be able to view power point and other media.
  • All software resources available pre-pandemic will be available on classroom computers.
Microsoft Office 365 (O365)
  • All active Lewis students and employees now have access Microsoft Office 365 (O365)
  • O365 includes the web versions of the following products: Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel), OneNote, OneDrive (file storage), Project, SharePoint, and Teams
  • Additional products will be implemented in the coming months
Outdoor Wireless Access (Hotspots)
  • Outdoor wireless access (hotspots) have been created on the Romeoville campus to provided additional internet access to the Lewis community.
  • The hotspots cover two parking areas on east side of campus (Lot L and Lot W). Services are scheduled to begin on or before August 24, 2020.
Printing
  • Students will be provided printing access in their residential hall. Laser printers will be installed in the lobbies of each of the 14 residential buildings on campus.
  • Commuter students will have access to printing in the library.
  • Faculty are encouraged to utilize Blackboard for the collection of assignments so that students will not need to access printers as frequently as they do in typical semesters.
Student Access to Technology
  • Lewis has established the Student Technology Academic Resources (STAR) Program for students who need access to technology.
  • Laptop computers and Wi-Fi hotspots are available for loan to students who are in need of these resources during the Fall 2020 semester.
  • Students who would like to be considered for this program should complete the application form, which is available at www.lewisu.edu/star. All forms must be submitted by Monday, August 24, 2020 for priority consideration.
Videoconferencing Services (Academic)
  • 300 Zoom licenses have been purchased for faculty use.
  • Faculty who responded to surveys in July and August will receive specific instructions regarding their Zoom accounts from the Faculty Center by August 21st.
  • Very few licenses are unassigned at this time. Any remaining licenses will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.
Videoconferencing Services (non-Academic)
  • Beginning on August 17, 2020, all employees and students will have access to Cisco Webex as a videoconferencing solution.
  • The system’s purpose is to provide a solution for supporting the administrative operations of the University, along with providing students with a platform for social and extracurricular interactions.
  • The system will be accessible by logging into Webex and using your Lewis University email and password at: https://lewisu.webex.com/

If you have any questions about these technological enhancements, please contact the Office of Technology - Service Desk at 815-836-5950 or servicedesk@lewisu.edu or submit a service ticket by clicking on this link.


 CLASSROOM, STUDY SPACES, THE LEWISU APP, AND MORE

DETAILS FOR THE START OF THE SEMESTER

In preparation for the start of classes on Monday, there are a number of details that have been finalized that will support and enhance your teaching experiences.

Flexibility
  • You may be contacted by students who cannot attend face-to-face meetings or participate in class for a certain period of time. 
  • If they are required to stay home, because they are under quarantine, isolation, or have symptoms of COVID-19, they are not obligated to share information about their health.
  • Please work with students so that they can maintain their studies even if they cannot come to class meetings.
  • If you need support, contact Academic Services via email at academicservices@lewisu.edu or by submitting a request for academic intervention by using this link.
Classroom Processes and Procedures
  • A summary of these procedures are posted on the faculty landing page of the Fall 2020 website and can by access by clicking on this link
  • You can also watch a video that demonstrates classroom procedures here.
  • Both the video and faculty landing page explain that classrooms will contain spaces that are labeled A and B.  During each class period, all students will either sit in A or B spaces.  This will ensure physical distancing.
  • The attached chart outlines the schedule for A and B seating.  Look up the time and day of your class F2F class meeting to determine whether your class will sit in A or B seats.
  • Students will look to you to tell them whether to sit in A or B seats.
LewisU App and Scanning at the Class Entrance
  • All students and faculty must scan the QR code at the beginning of each class period.  There are QR codes posted by the entrance and within the classroom.
  • Those who have not completed the daily screening will not be able to scan into the classroom.  Additionally, students who have a yellow or red pass will not be able to scan in.
  • Only the QR code scanner within the LewisU app will be able to scan the classroom code.  Students can access the scanner by clicking on the icon at the top left of their smartphone screen.
  • Please remind your students to scan the code.
  • Students or faculty who do not have smartphones can register their presence via email.  Faculty should send one email using this link.  Be sure to include the class name and number, meeting time, room number, and name(s).
Sanitizing Spaces in Classrooms
  • Each classroom will have wipes available for each person’s use.
  • Since classrooms have begun to be open this week, there have been a couple tubs of wipes that went missing.
  • For this reason, it is recommended that tubs of wipes be stored in the podium and returned to the podium after class ends.
  • If you notice that wipes in your classroom are running low, contact the administrative assistant in your dean’s office who will then inform facilities that a new tub is needed.
  • As you know, wipes are in short supply nationally.  Please help Lewis conserve resources.
Outdoor “Classrooms”
  • Five outdoor spaces are available to reserve by faculty to utilize as an outdoor classroom.
  • However, there are limitations in each space, so it is best to review the Outdoor Spaces document with pictures and capacity information PRIOR to reserving. This document also provides instructions for reserving these spaces.
Students - Reserving Study Spaces
  • Students can reserve study spaces that are physically distanced so that they can participate in synchronous class meetings or study while they are on campus.
  • In order to reserve a space, students will use the same system they use to make appointments with the Writing Center and tutors.
  • There will be a tile on the LewisU app that enables students to access the reservation system.
  • They can also click on this link to access the reservation system. 
  • On the site, they will need to:
    • Create an account or log in.
    • Click on the dropdown menu at the top of the screen to select Fall 2020 Study Spaces.
    • Chose a room and click on the hour you want to reserve (group sizes correspond to the number of slots in the room per hour).
    • Reserve only for themselves.  Individuals must make their own reservations.
Outdoor Study Spaces
  • In addition to these outdoor spaces, there are several areas outdoors that are furnished for student study spaces at a first come, first serve basis.
  • There will be signage to prohibit moving the furniture.
  • Those spaces include the:
    •  east and west side of the LRC, 4 tables/ 16 chairs and 6 tables/ 25 chairs, respectively.
    • north courtyard in De Lasalle has 6 tables and 28 chairs, while the south courtyard has 4 tables and 16 chairs.
    • Please email Bill Chura if you have further questions, churawi@lewisu.edu.  
Flyers Promise Videos
  • If you have not already viewed the videos that were produced in preparation for Fall, you can view them via this link.
Printing On Campus
  • There will be printers in the library, student center, and each residence hall for student use.  Printer set up is still in process.
  • Please be supportive and flexible with your students by relying on electronic sources as much as possible.  Students may not have printers at home, may not yet have access to a printer on campus, or may not feel comfortable using public printers.

 GUIDE TO CLASSROOM SEATING AND SEATING CHARTS FOR BLENDED & TRADITIONAL COURSES

Seating Schedule for Blended Class Meetings
  • All tables have small signs marked A or B that denote where students should sit. 
  • Student seating will alternate each class period between A and B. 
  • In a given period, all students should sit in either A or B seats.  If they sit in both A and B seats during the same period, physical distancing will not be maintained.
  • Below is a guide to seating for each class period. Please check the time that your class meets, so that you can inform your class about which seats to use. If the time slot for your class is not listed due to alternative scheduling, choose the time that is closest to the class start time.

    Time on MWF Seats Time on T/Th Seats
    8:00am A 8:00am A
    9:00am B 9:30am B
    10:00am A 11:00am A
    11:00am B 12:30pm B
    12:00pm A 2:00pm A
    1:00pm B 3:30pm B
    2:00pm A 5:00pm A
    3:00pm B Evening Classes B
    4:00pm A    
    5:00pm B    
    Evening Classes A    

    Download the Seating Chart Template.



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