March 23, 2020
Today, we went live with more than 7,700 classes that transitioned from face-to-face to online. We know there likely will be issues, and we will be watching very closely to help address those as they occur. In particular, we might anticipate bandwidth limitations from some of our third-party providers, and challenges in the homes of our students and faculty as they work to teach and learn anywhere. We are here to help. If you are experiencing difficulty or have questions, please reach out online.
Getting this number of courses online and ready to go this week was a huge achievement, and it took all of our faculty and staff working practically nonstop the last several days so that we could continue to serve our students.
A big thank you goes to Ryan Boettger, assistant professor and assistant chair in Technical Communication, for all the prep work he did to convert TECM 2700 to an online format. This course has 750 students and requires coordinating 20 adjuncts and TFs to deliver it, and he did all the updating and prep work. He’s an example of the herculean efforts in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. We want to hear your stories!
If you know of someone who is going above and beyond, please share their information with firstname.lastname@example.org so we can give them a shout out!
As part of the efforts to keep you informed, Chancellor Lesa Roe is hosting a virtual UNT World Town Hall beginning at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 24. The town hall will feature a moderated Q&A with Chancellor Roe, all three UNTS presidents – our very own UNT President Neal Smatresk, Bob Mong (UNT Dallas), and Michael Williams (UNTHSC) – and Vice Chancellor & Chief Human Capital Officer Barbara Abercrombie.
Faculty and staff can watch live. The video will be archived at the same URL.
- Faculty: Making your Online Class Accessible
- Students: Using Zoom within Canvas for Video Communication
- In addition, Provost Jennifer Cowley is hosting Coffee Hours on a variety of topics:
Don’t forget that healthalerts.unt.edu is updated frequently with new information about how we are working together through this global health crisis.