Your course includes a Canvas shell, and you can use this platform’s capacity to give exams remotely and to give students a specific time length to complete them. Students who require exam accommodations can be given extra time to complete exams. Like courses themselves, you can give your online exam at a specific time (synchronously) or make it available for students to take anytime within a certain time frame, such as on a given day (asynchronously). The university uses Proctorio to proctor online exams, and it is compatible with Canvas.
You may want to consider giving your exam in an alternative format, such as a take-home essay or project that can be submitted on Canvas or emailed to you for grading and feedback.
You may use Canvas’s grading system, or you may contact students individually with their assignment grades.
Final exams must be given in accordance with the campus Final Examination Policy. In the event that the campus suspends operations completely, including classes, before the end of the semester, faculty will be asked to assign grades based on completed work to date. Any accommodations or opportunities for students to submit graded work must be extended to all students in a course. If a closure occurs just prior to or during final exams, the emergency clause of the campus Final Examination Policy will take effect.
The campus will use its usual system and regularly scheduled deadlines for posting students’ course grades.
Your classroom is set up to reflect social distancing requirements, and you and your students should remain 6 feet away from each other at all times.
CU Denver requires instructors (and students) to wear a face covering at all times. Under current guidance, faculty may choose whether to wear a plastic face shield, a cloth mask, or both. However, CU Denver strongly recommends that faculty wear both a face shield and a mask in the classroom. If only a plastic face shield is worn, faculty should keep additional distance from students—at least 12 feet—and put a mask back on when not lecturing.
Personal protective equipment will be distributed by the schools and colleges, including reusable face masks. Contact your school administration to get the equipment you need.
If the course is scheduled as on-campus or hybrid and the syllabi is clear about taking the exam on-campus, yes. However, if a student cannot come to campus because they are ill or in quarantine, you should work with the student to find an alternative. If your course is remote or online, no.
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, in collaboration with members of the Safe Return Teaching and Learning Implementation team, has prepared a Faculty Toolkit with a checklist to help faculty prepare to teach online and remote classes, a webpage devoted to Rapid Remote Teaching Resources, and a self-paced course on designing and teaching a virtual course that you can enroll in here.
The Office of Information Technology also has a great webpage on Teaching Remotely. They provide access to resources from CU Denver and from other institutions.
You can find Canvas information from the Office of Information Technology. Your Canvas course shell also contains links to Canvas guides and FAQs, at the bottom of the left hand bar. The Office of Digital Education frequently offers workshops on using Canvas.
You may want to have a few disposable masks to provide to students who arrive without their own masks, as sometimes people forget to bring masks with them. Students may also not be aware of the implications of the 6-foot social distancing rule in the classroom environment and may benefit from periodic reminders to the entire class.
If a student is refusing to comply with your safety instructions, treat this as you would any other instance of student misconduct. Make sure you have expressed your expectations clearly—do this as tactfully and privately as you can under the circumstances. If the student continues to refuse, you may ask the student to leave the class and let them know that they are welcome to return when they are ready to follow instructions. Violation of safety requirements is a violation of the CU Denver Student Conduct Code, and particularly egregious violations may result in the student being barred from campus.
The Dean of Students and Director of Student Conduct have created a Classroom Management document to provide faculty with suggested steps to take. You can access that document here.
Do you have a question about how COVID-19 affects your studies or work at CU Denver?
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