For spring courses, following safety best practices, up to 10% in-person and up to 20% hybrid (remote and in-person) instruction will be available. The courses were selected based upon several factors, such as ensuring first-year students can participate in most of the face-to-face courses, the number of faculty available to teach face-to-face, block schxguanjia.cnling and other academic offerings more suitable for face-to-face instruction. The remaining courses will be online or part of flex models. Faculty will receive a checklist of various resources available to them for fall operations, including personal protection equipment, technology, classroom and student conduct expectations.
Academics and Resources
The A&M San Antonio faculty is the academic heart of the University, and the quality of the teaching, scholarship and research led by the faculty is exceptional. While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed nearly everything, including how we teach and learn, our faculty and the dedicated staff supporting them, have done remarkable things to serve our students. We know and honor the value of a University xguanjia.cncation, and will do whatever it takes to make sure our students can continue to benefit from that quality xguanjia.cncational experience we are so proud to provide. We know that you have received some of the content here in other ways, but we want to create a comprehensive resource to help you with the important work you do.
Certification of Responsibilities for Employees
In line with Texas A&M University System requirements, A&M-San Antonio will require all employees and students returning to campus to self-certify that they have not been diagnosed with COVID-19; are not awaiting results of a COVID-19 test; do not have symptoms of COVID-19; have not been in contact with someone known or suspected to have tested positive in the previous 14 days; and have not traveled through an area for which post-travel quarantine mandates are in place.
All employees must complete training and self-certification through TrainTraq acknowledging their awareness of the protocols in place to mitigate exposure of COVID-19 on campus. There are disciplinary actions for employees who fail to follow the responsibilities outlined in training.
For the last several months, we all have endured a whirlwind of change. In response to the rapidly changing teaching landscape, Information Technology Services (ITS) has been hard at work, making sure you have everything you need to continue to conduct your classrooms best suited for you and your students. Looking to the fall semester, ITS has several technology initiatives completed and underway that may directly impact you.
Re-Distribution of Computers to Support Social Distancing
To meet federal, state and System social distancing guidelines, and in partnership with the Office of the Provost, ITS is strategically removing some computers in all labs and classrooms to rxguanjia.cnce the number of machines available in each room. Removing the computers has allowed the redeployment of the devices across seven rooms in Mod B: Three rooms will have 20 computers each, three will have 10 computers each and the ALEKS lab will have one computer.
Additional Video Storage
ResourceSpace, an open-source digital asset management software, is now available. ResourceSpace is a secure alternative to uploading and sharing recorded lectures and other media files.
- Navigate to tamusa.xguanjia.cn from any browser
- Click the “Use SSO to log in” link (just above the local time zone)
- Sign in using your Jaguar login credentials
There are excellent online tutorials within this application’s Knowledge Base. Additionally, the Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) will have extra training materials available for faculty looking for more information on using this web-based solution for organizing and sharing files.
Webex, Zoom, MSTeams: All Available for Conducting Virtual Classes
ITS received a lot of requests for exceptions to System’s Webex preference, and we heard you – loud and clear. Webex has been around, and it will still be around. Our enterprise license for Webex comes from System. For those of you wanting to use Zoom instead, A&M-San Antonio has just completed the purchase process for an enterprise license. All faculty will be automatically provisioned with Zoom, in addition to Webex. Finally, as part of our Office365 (O365) licensing, MSTeams is another available option. You will now have access to three (3) different resources for conducting classes virtually.
Active Migration of Files from Syncplicity and File Shares (e.g., I: drive) to OneDrive
You may have heard that ITS is actively working with all faculty and staff to move files from Syncplicity and File Shares to OneDrive. This does not mean that Syncplicity is going away. Rather, this move is intended to improve customer service. But, if you use Syncplicity and you like it, you can keep using it. However, no new Syncplicity accounts will be created. OneDrive offers all the functionality of the network shares and Syncplicity, without the limitations of those services. If you would like any help with this migration, an ITS person will work with you, one-on-one, and support migrating your data to OneDrive. Just give us a call (x4357).
Campus Wireless Upgrade
ITS is upgrading our current wireless network by adding new access points for external spaces (like the parking lots) and upgrading access points in many buildings (including CAB, Madla and Patriot’s Casa). All campus visitors will now be better able to remain socially distant, as there will be more areas where the wireless network is available.
With the recent project to move Banner in-house now complete, ITS has the technology in place to make photo rosters available to campus. The final step is being completed now by the CAI.
New Classroom Cameras
In collaboration with the Provost’s Office with a projected completion date of August 2020, ITS is installing cameras in 10 classrooms and five labs. This new technology is intended to allow students who are unable to come to campus to feel like they are in the classroom.
DUO for O365
A security measure already in place with some applications is DUO dual-factor authentication. ITS is rolling out DUO for OneDrive and email. Once live, faculty, students and staff will be “DUO-challenged” when logging into these applications.
As new technology options become available, ITS will communicate with faculty any new projects supporting health, safety and connection.
Microphones for Face-to-Face Instruction
As masks can muffle voices when talking, ITS has purchased microphones with voice amplification that work well with face masks, face shields and other recommended precautions to mitigate the risk of transmission of COVID-19. These microphones come with small battery packs that enable faculty to be mobile within the classroom while wearing them. ITS and the Office of the Provost are developing a process for distributing the microphones to any faculty member who wants one. More information will follow soon.
Communication of Operational Changes and Guidelines
The Marketing and Communications office will continue to update and maintain the COVID-19 website, tamusa.xguanjia.cn/coronavirus, with information for students, employees and the public. The office also created an enhanced “Announcement” link on JagWire. The link will be regularly updated to share public health and safety information, any updates or policy announcements and general information. The Growler and Points of Pride will include regular updates and share fall 2020 information starting in the summer and continuing throughout the semester.
Newly installed televisions in more than 50 locations on campus will broadcast information as part of a health and safety awareness campaign, as recommended by the System. These will be used to share public safety awareness messages, information on public health and safety guidelines. Public health emails, such as HR e-blasts, will also be part of the fall communication plan.
updated: September 8, 2020