Message From Center for Online Learning, Research and Service March 10th, 2020

Dear Faculty,

We hope you are enjoying your much deserved break! COLRS, as well as many other departments on campus, has been revisiting our emergency plans and preparing for any short-term campus closures that may arise from the COVID-19 outbreak. At this time, there is no planned closure! However, we encourage faculty to start thinking about how they would continue teaching their courses if a campus closure does occurs. In the event that the COVID-19 virus results in the closure of the UIS campus, remote teaching will become necessary in order to maintain instructional continuity for our students.

Our Teaching Remotely at UIS webpage provides resources that can assist faculty in teaching on-campus courses remotely. Every course at UIS has a Blackboard course site.  Through Blackboard, you can send e-mails and post announcements to your students. The Teaching Remotely at UIS webpage lists many other technologies at UIS that can be used to remotely deliver content, conduct instructional activities, and interact with students.

If you need to improve your familiarity with Blackboard, the COLRS Online Teaching & Technology Blog can help.  It is a searchable tool to get assistance with many Blackboard-related topics.  Blackboard also provides a Help for Instructors online tool.  Of course, COLRS is also available to help at (217) 206-7317 or at colrs@uis.edu.
In case you missed our previous e-mail with tips for connecting to campus remotely, we encourage you to download and install the UIS Virtual Private Network (VPN) and move your working files to Box.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Center for Online Learning, Research and Service
University of Illinois Springfield
217-206-7317 | colrs@uis.edu