Dear WVU Faculty:
With guidance from local and state health officials, the University has decided to suspend face-to-face instruction for the week of March 23-27 following spring break. We are moving all instruction online beginning on March 30 – with the exception of some lab courses that cannot be delivered remotely. This does not impact courses already being taught online. Those classes will continue as originally scheduled.
This decision was made in an effort to mitigate the community spread of the novel coronavirus and protect both our campus and local community members.
To assist you in transitioning your courses to an online or another distance learning format, the WVU Teaching and Learning Commons will be offering sessions in using online tools for instructional delivery. Sessions will begin Friday, March 13, and run through Friday, March 27. A complete schedule will be listed on the TLC website by the end of the week. HSC ITS has created a similar website for HSC faculty. Both of these sites are cross-referenced to ensure instructors receive the most appropriate support given their situation. TLC also will share a list of best practices for distance delivery in the coming days.
We urge you to reach out directly to the students in your classes to reiterate the main points of President Gee’s message and the coronavirus.wvu.edu website and to assure them you will be in touch regarding coursework, assignments and next steps in the coming days.
As a reminder, our campuses will remain open and operational at this time. Please reiterate this point to your students to help dispel rumors and misinformation.
Everyone is encouraged to watch for the latest WVU information on coronavirus.wvu.edu. For additional questions regarding academic programming and protocols, please contact your chair or division director. Please direct general student questions not related to your class to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We appreciate everyone’s patience and leadership during this unprecedented time for our campus community.