The following is the work of the Shockers United Curriculum Subcommittee. Send questions to Carolyn Shaw at email@example.com.
A Plan for Fall Classes
We are pleased to present you with the framework for course delivery for the fall semester. Our goal is to resume limited, in-person instruction for this fall, as long as public health mandates allow.
We will be observing the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) guidelines
- Phase 1 - no more than 10 people meeting together
- Phase 2 - no more than 30 people meeting together
- Phase 3 - no more than 90 people meeting together
It is prudent to plan on Phase 1 or 2 capacities for the Fall. Everyone is expected to observe physical distancing in the classroom, which will reduce classroom capacities. Adjusted capacities and classroom assignment will be shared by email. You should assume that your revised classroom capacity will be reduced by one-half to one-third of its usual capacity. You will need to (re)design your fall classes taking these caps into consideration without reducing the quotas on your classes.
Because we may be required to transition back to remote delivery at some point, all
classes will be listed as either HYB (hybrid) or IIE (fully online).
All TCI (traditional classroom instruction) classes will be changed to HYB. HYB includes limited in-person instruction, some synchronous online engagement (with participants meeting at the same time), and/or asynchronous content delivery (with participants engaging the materials independently). There are no additional fees for HYB courses.
Recommended Next Steps
- Take advantage of the many training sessions and materials available through Instructional Design and Access (IDA) to transform your courses into robust online delivery while there is time to do so. Quality online course design takes time and planning, so begin now to prepare.
- Communicate your in-person/remote instructional preferences with your department chair / director.
- Notify the Registrar’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org before June 26 if you plan to change your course to IIE (fully online, asynchronous). The online fees for IIE courses provide support for many online resources, including instructional designers and our Bb platform that benefit all classes on campus. Existing IIE and HYO courses will remain coded as IIE and HYO
- Inform students of the in-person and online requirements for your courses by completing this brief information sheet on your intended course design so students can plan accordingly. We have learners with different needs. Some students are managing health risks; others are disadvantaged by online content delivery. We are trying to balance all of these concerns and allow faculty some flexibility in course design.
We firmly believe that instructors want what’s best for their students, and we value you as a content expert. We encourage you to intentionally experiment with new techniques, recognizing that you are still learning about options. It is OK to not know the perfect solution. You can make adjustments as needed. We want to help you be successful with new training opportunities and resources.
For additional information, please see the FAQ below or contact Carolyn Shaw at email@example.com
Frequently Asked Questions
A hybrid course gives instructors opportunity for flexibility and creativity. Content may be delivered in-person and online; it can be synchronous or asynchronous depending on instructor preference. Some examples might include:
- “Flipped model” – provide out-of-class content for student preparation (videos, readings, lectures, etc), followed by in-class activity and/or engagement. In-person content may be alternated and delivered to only a portion of the class at a time to support reduced classroom capacity requirements and comply with physical distancing expectations.
- Alternate half the class for in-person content and allow half of the class to learn remotely; live stream or record classroom sessions for students who are remotely accessing class content.
- Use nearby unused class space to have two classrooms side by side to spread out students; move between both classrooms to supervise student engagement and activities (keeping in mind there will be limited classroom space available for the fall semester).
- Divide content into modules (that could be interchangeable), where part of the class works on in-person content and part works on remote content; then swap.
- Create additional out-of-class learning opportunities (e.g., service learning, online class activity) paired with in-person content that physically spreads out students.
- Use mostly remote delivery with in-person testing or other assessments.
- Meet in the classroom only for content requiring face-to-face delivery and hold other class sessions using synchronous Zoom lectures, by posting an asynchronous online-only video lecture or activity followed by online-only discussion (face-to-face classroom experiences will be dependent on classroom capacities, class size and physical distancing requirements which may change throughout the semester).
There is no easy option for class development -- it is skilled work that takes an upfront investment of time. But there is help available, and the easiest way to move to hybrid formats is to take advantage of the resources available through Wichita State University (WSU) Instructional Design and Access (IDA). You can request a template from IDA for your course by completing this form giving IDA permission to set up your course. You also can get direct, “real time” assistance from a WSU instructional designer by attending a “Remote/Online Instructor: Course Building Workshop”. To sign up, please search for the workshop title in MyTraining (accessed through MyWSU). There will be a mix of live (via Zoom) and on-demand trainings for support throughout the summer. Live events will happen during the weeks of June 8-12 and August 10-14. Information about what is being offered soon will be available at the WSU Academic Resource Conference website where instructors can sign up for live events through myTraining. Please watch WSU Today for announcements about training opportunities.
This option gives students and instructors the most flexibility. These classes are fully asynchronous with presentation of course content through a variety of online-only methods and modules.
Students may want to choose classes that are fully online for health reasons, or because they are not located in the Wichita area (this may be critically important for reaching our international students who can’t travel back to campus).
Choosing an IIE delivery means classrooms will be freed up on campus for instructors who require in-person engagement and increased space to accommodate physical distancing guidelines.
Instructors always have kinks to work out with new course designs. Experiment with different options and figure out what works best for you. Be upfront with students that you are trying new methods. Ask them to provide feedback and suggestions as you make modifications. Students are experiencing new learning environments and can offer good ideas.
Hybrid instruction can involve both in-person and virtual engagement. The key is to identify which methods are best for the different components of the course. If some of your initial plans do not work out as planned, you should adapt and revise your design for improvements. Reach out to WSU IDA if you need advice about how to adapt your course design and most importantly, be sure to communicate any course changes to students.
All instructors must follow the public health mandates established by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). In-person instruction should prioritize applied and experiential activities that cannot be delivered effectively online.
We try to keep costs of instruction as low as possible for students but recognize that some additional costs may be necessary for class. These costs should be clearly communicated to students in the course syllabus. No additional costs should be passed on to students mid-semester. Note: instructors are encouraged to consider Open Alternative Textbooks (OAT) to reduce costs for students.
Hybrid courses are the same as the traditional classroom in that instructors are the first guardians of quality. The expectation is that faculty will develop the course in the same way to assure quality and student learning outcomes.
- Respondus Lockdown Browser + Respondus Monitor
- Provided by WSU as a free tool
- Customized browser that “locks down” the testing environment within Blackboard
- Options include recorded video of the student taking the exam reviewable by instructor for evidence of cheating
- Limits what students can do on their computer while testing
- Limited to exams delivered through Blackboard
- ProctorU Review+ (Coming soon)
- Tests are recorded then reviewed by trained professional proctors
- Suspicious behavior is forwarded to instructor
- Fees are paid by the department ($10 per exam), billed by Online Learning
- ProctorU Live
- Tests are proctored live by trained proctors with screen sharing, webcam, audio, and environment monitoring
- Requires advances scheduling by instructor and student
- Exam fees are passed on to students (between $18.50-$25 for the first hour) and must be disclosed in the course syllabus
There are a variety of tools -- beyond the proctoring methods listed above -- to handle exam security. For example, in the case of multiple-choice exams, we recommend using randomized pools of questions and randomizing the order of potential responses, so students get exam questions in a unique format.
Authentic assessments are exams or activities that asks students to demonstrate mastery of material in more authentic ways using projects, essays, simulations, and other activities. For ideas about how to incorporate authentic assessments into your class, email your request to WSU IDA.
Promote adherence to an “Honor Code” -- a statement students are required to read and ‘sign’ before access to their exam is available. Honor codes can be added to any Blackboard assessment. IDA can provide a file for instructors to upload to their course or IDA can add and deploy it in your course as a zero-point quiz.
Yes. Pursuant to WSU Policy 9.10 (Intellectual Property Policy and Institutional Procedures), ownership of mediated courseware is as follows: (1) for self-initiated courseware (employee develops the courseware without specific direction from the university), the ownership of the courseware remains with the employee; (2) for university-directed mediated courseware (university specifically directs the creation of the courseware and/or provides a stipend), the ownership of the courseware remains with the university, unless otherwise agreed. In the case of university-directed mediated courseware, the university retains the right to direct who can use the courseware. In either case (self-initiated or university-directed), the employee retains the right to use the developed courseware for instructional purposes.
Social activity has happened in online spaces for decades, and there are multiple methods for making that happen in your classes. Some ideas include:
- Create a “Just for fun” Discussion Board and promote initial participation in the area by participating yourself.
- Use open-ended questions in your Discussion Board rather than factual or objective style questions. Subjective questions encourage debate. Consider participating in these discussions yourself, as your participation will signal that the experience is valuable.
- Host student or office hours using synchronous Zoom telephone or videoconferencing.
Many platforms for engagement (GroupMe texts, Facebook, Facebook private groups, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram) depend on your level of comfort with students and social media. Please note: external tools may not receive technical support by the university, require Electronic Information and Technology (EIT) audit, and must be accessible to all users.
Create a Wiki (a webpage that allows collaborative contributions), or use the Discussion Board function in Blackboard where students can introduce themselves - follow up by asking them questions about what they shared and find a connecting point with them
Share information about your own background so students feel comfortable sharing something about themselves
Include an introductory video in your Blackboard course
>Include your photo in your Outlook and Blackboard profiles
>Send personal communications, not just instructions directed to the entire class
>Start every individual communication with the student’s name so it feels personal
Design time for icebreakers at the start of and throughout the semester
Provide timely, personal feedback on assignments
Participate in (don’t just observe) discussion board posts - this creates deeper engagement and signals your presence in the course
Encourage students to ‘visit’ during virtual office or student hours by offering extra credit
Require a one-on-one Zoom meeting assignment for course credit
Engagement has many forms. Students can engage with content, the instructor or their peers, but engagement requires effort through intentional course design. Keep in mind, interaction between the faculty and student is essential. Creating a strong presence in your class through online office or student hours or with guided discussion and activities are ways to create instructor to student engagement. Creating online polls or surveys during synchronous lectures is a way to create student to content engagement. Requiring students to share in creating the learning environment though group discussion or collective design of potential assessment questions is a way to create student to student engagement. For more ideas, attend a WSU IDA Zoom lab for personalized guidance from a WSU instructional designer.
Instructors are here to serve students and should respond to student queries in a timely manner. A best practice would be within 24 hours. Whatever parameters you establish for class communications should be clearly stated in the course syllabus and to students at the beginning of the semester.
IDA can put a course template into your Blackboard class. This service includes setting up Discussion Boards, Assignments and the Grade Center. While instructors are responsible for the creation and uploading of actual course content, these services will help alleviate some of their technical burden to course design. If you would like IDA to set up your summer or fall courses with a template, please fill out this request form.
Online fees are charged for courses that are designated IIE (fully online, asynchronous), and HYO (hybrid online, fully online except for in-person testing). Courses that are HYB (hybrid) do not have an online fee.
Content developed for one-time delivery in remote formats that is NOT planned for reuse is not required to meet the same accessibility standards that IIE (fully online) courses must meet, but they must meet the accommodation needs (as determined by the Office of Disability Services) of all students who are enrolled in the class at the time of delivery.
Content developed for fully online courses are required to meet WSU accessibility standards -- to learn more about these standards, follow this link to information about accessibility for online instruction at WSU. Basic accessibility standards include:
- All course texts available in an accessible format (screen reader accessible PDFs, ePub, etc.)
- All video is captioned, or a transcript is provided
- All audio has a transcript or other text equivalent provided
- Any required software is accessible to students with visual or fine motor disabilities
Instructors are encouraged to consider long-term intent when designing remotely delivered content and create accessible materials if they potentially will be reused (including documents, recorded video, live video, additional software, etc.).
- Instructors should ask students to space themselves out as they leave the classroom to maintain a respectful distance from others as they move through the hallways. Informal coordination with other instructors in nearby rooms may be the most effective way to address traffic flow in congested locations.
- Additional protocols for disinfecting classrooms will be provided before the start of classes.
Instructors have the right to ask someone to leave if they are not observing campus public health protocols.
Yes. Here is a statement to include in your course syllabus:
- The COVID-19 pandemic is a complex, challenging, and fluid situation,which continues to evolve rapidly. Therefore, students consistently should review the link for the WSU COVID-19 Response for information throughout the semester. WSU will follow federal, state, and county public health recommendations and mandates in all decisions related to university operations. Our priority is the health, safety and well-being of our entire campus community. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, students are expected to follow university guidelines for wearing their own face coverings (such as a bandana, scarf or other cloth mask) when on campus, unless walking alone outdoors or working alone in a personal office space. Students additionally are expected to follow physical or social distancing guidelines by keeping at least 6 feet from others, covering their coughs and practicing good hand hygiene.
Provide a clear statement of expectations on the first day of class promoting campus health and safety.
Have extra disposable masks available in case someone does not have one available.
WSU will provide a short, video training for students available in August. This video will include general information about COVID-19, ways students can reduce their risk for infection and spreading the virus to others, and campus safety expectations.
The Office of the Registrar and Facilities Services have been working tirelessly to calculate new capacities and make adjustments for those classes identified as essential for in-person delivery this fall.
The list linked above shows your assigned classrooms and their new capacity based on the necessary 6-foot physical distancing. Information in this spreadsheet was accurate as of May 22. For the latest spreadsheet, contact Gina Crabtree (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Carolyn Shaw (email@example.com)
- See your college tab at the bottom. The list is sorted by department.
- We anticipate being in Phase 3 when fall classes begin (column N)
- This list includes only those courses to be listed as hybrid (HYB) that have an assigned meeting day/time.
- Capacities for labs are still being verified. Departments should prepare for staggering in-person lab work.
- There are a limited number of large-capacity rooms on campus, so classes with large quotas cannot all be accommodated to allow for the entire class to meet at the same time.
- If class quota is higher than the allowed capacity of your assigned room, you will need to modify your course so that no more than the allowed number of students attends class on a given day.
- We are still trying to accommodate some essential in-person courses that do not fit in their classrooms. Some will not have assigned classrooms yet. We are working on these and your dean’s office will have a list of all of the essential in-person classes.
- If you are going to use the room in a limited capacity, or not at all, please submit a notification so that we can make it available for others.
- You do NOT need to submit a request to change a TCI course to HYB. This will be done automatically by the registrar’s office.
- If you decide to change your course to IIE (fully-online, with the online fee), you need to tell firstname.lastname@example.org before June 26.
- As soon as you know how you plan to teach your course this fall, please complete this brief information form so students know what to expect.
It is critical that we not reduce class quotas in such a way that it would negatively impact enrollments. Instructional Design and Access (IDA) has many creative ideas for adapting classes to a hybrid format to accommodate limited classroom capacity.
Although some adjustments will be made to accommodate essential in-person classes, we will not be making significant changes to room assignments.
If you happen to have missed the message from Academic Affairs last week regarding Fall classes, full details are available here.
If you are uncomfortable or feel unsafe, you should dismiss class and seek support from administration.
WSU Police Department officers are available to visit with anyone who does not understand these expectations. Please request WSU Police Department assistance or call 316-978-3450.
Yes. Instructors are responsible for coordinating schedules with their departmental chairperson and must clearly communicate their availability with students.
Instructors are responsible for ensuring quality delivery of their course content and should confirm their schedule and semester plans for teaching, scholarship and service with their department chairperson.
Make sure students and colleagues know how to get in touch with you remotely.
Instructors should complete a brief information form to share with students their in-person requirements and expectations before the start of the fall semester so students can make informed decisions about enrolling in classes.
Instructors additionally need to make their expectations for in-person work clear on the first day of class so students can make informed decisions about continuing in the class.
Instructors are discouraged from using grading techniques that may require a student to choose between their health or grade.
Instructors are encouraged to consider ways other than attendance to assess participation and/or engagement.
Instructors should ask students to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms and instruct students who feel ill to not attend in-person meetings.
There is very limited technology to support this option. It may be possible to conduct required in-person activities in two rooms and move between classrooms. If the primary content for the day is lecture-based, it is recommended instructors provide content virtually (asynchronously through pre-recorded lecture or live using synchronous Zoom lecture).
Instructors should remind students to continue wearing their face covering, maintain physical distancing and engage in frequent handwashing.
Yes. Please make sure there is at least six feet of space between you and the front row of students.
Yes. The easiest solution is to use Zoom to remote into a course.
Employees should follow regular Human Resources guidelines for taking sick leave.
All instructors are advised to have plans in the event they get sick. A colleague might help provide coverage of class content, a guest speaker may be willing to present a lecture, instructors might assign a topical video or give a quiz, etc.
If you are quarantined but not sick, remote delivery is always an option.
Always contact your department chairperson in the event sickness keeps you from fulfilling your teaching responsibilities.
Instructors should be responsive to students who are sick, just as they were before the emergence of COVID-19, by helping students make up work and stay on track in class.
Instructors are advised to complete a brief information form for sharing their in-person expectations so students can make informed decisions about enrolling in the class before the start of the semester.
Instructors may consider replicating in-person learning experiences in a remote or online format when their program provides only one section of a course.
The emotional, financial and social disruptions caused by COVID-19 uncertainty are creating serious challenges for many of our students. Students with pre-existing and new conditions will require extra support. It is important that instructors refer students who might need assistance to the WSU Counseling and Prevention Services (CAPS) website to learn options for addressing mental health and wellness during COVID-19.
If a student claims a disability related to COVID-19, you should refer the student to the Office of Disability Service (ODS) by calling (316) 978-3309 or sending email to email@example.com to advise ODS of the name of the student so they can reach out to the student. There are certain disabilities that could make a person at higher risk for Covid-19 complication. ODS will determine if the student can receive legal accommodation protections.
Any campus outbreaks will be communicated through official campus media channels (e.g., Shocker Blast, WSU Today, Shocker Alert) with directions for next steps guided by public health safety mandates provided by federal, state, local and university leadership.
The risk of transmission through HVAC systems is believed to be very low.
Summer Blackboard shells are available now and fall Blackboard shells will be available by June 8.
There are many options available to you, including online and on-demand trainings through myTraining (login to myTraining through MyWSU), “real time” training presentations through Zoom during the weeks of June 8-12 and August 10-14, and one-on-one help from IDA during their online lab times.
For more information about the “real time” trainings, visit the Academic Resources Conference website.
Learn more about IDA labs here.
If you do not have access to a computer or the Internet at home, contact Information Technology Services (ITS) to request a laptop or MiFi device.
If you need another piece of equipment, please route the request to your department chairperson while keeping in mind that it may be difficult to purchase due to global supply chain disruptions.
If you need an application or software to teach your class and it is not accessible, please use the Accessibility Exception Request form to petition for the software you need. Instructors will need to provide a rationale for the exception and plans for accommodating users who can’t use the software.
Instructors should reach out to their department chairperson. Colleges will manage remote access for students in classes using software installed on lab computers via the WSU Virtual Private Network (VPN). It may be necessary to schedule access based on demand, so it is important to coordinate with your college and the managers of the computer labs.
The Ethernet is sufficient in the vast majority of classrooms. Wi-Fi sufficiency will depend greatly on 1) classroom location, and 2) volume active Zoom videoconferencing in the immediate vicinity.
Campus Media Services is working to supply Master Classrooms with microphones and webcams for recording live lectures.
Equipment is available on a limited basis (document cameras and webcams continue to be in high demand and are widely unavailable).
Instructors should talk to their department chairperson about options for borrowing necessary campus equipment before assuming to remove any items from campus.
Instructors are encouraged to reach out to their department chairperson to coordinate time(s) when these technologies and/or spaces can be shared or accessed.
The university will follow federal, state, and county public health recommendations and mandates in all decisions related to stay-at-home orders and access to campus facilities.
In-person instruction, is not permitted while the university is in the 1. Preopening Phase (anticipated dates May 4 – May 25) or 2. Reopening Phase/Summer (anticipated dates May 26 – July 31). All student interaction should be online-only. Once the university enters 3. Fall Semester Phase (anticipated August and Beyond) in person interaction is permitted. Learn more at the Shockers United: The Plan to Reopen Wichita State’s Campus website.
Instructors should remain sensitive to serving the needs of students who may need to continue to interact only online.
You may complete a Video Production Request Form for the WSU Video Production team program designed to help instructors prepare recorded lectures for the fall semester. Recording takes place in the WSU Media Resource Center’s (MRC) studio but may be expanded to master classroom spaces depending on demand for the service.
The support provided by the MRC, ITS, OneStop and Blackboard during the spring 2020 transition to remote operations will be available in the fall if we need to make this transition.
ITS Desktop Support can provide limited support for personal devices.
ITS Desktop Support can provide support software, including Zoom, MS Office, MS Teams, and Adobe Creative Cloud.
ITS Helpdesk, MRC and IDA can support software and tools that are provided by the university including Blackboard, Panopto, Zoom, MS Office, MS Teams, and Adobe Creative Cloud.
The university will continue to make Chromebooks and Mi-Fi hotspots available to students for free on a first-come, first-served basis.
Students should contact _____ [insert link to request form]
The WSU COVID-19 News website is regularly updated by WSU Strategic Communications.
Students should stay connected to the university by regularly checking emails and announcements in Shocker Blast.
Instructors should complete this brief information form when they make a decision about the format for their fall courses. Updates to this information will be posted regularly on a page for students to check. Students also will be encouraged to contact instructors to ask about fall course expectations.
Instructors are not required to work beyond the requirements of their contract.
University administration asks instructors to please consider the extraordinary conditions our students are facing regarding the continuance of their education. Uncertainty is weighing heavily on all of us and the value of staying available to students through the summer may have a meaningful impact on their connectedness as part of our Shocker community.
Instructors additionally are encouraged to consider professional development opportunities for IDA training in preparing courses for potentially necessary transitions to remote learning in the fall.
If you are unable or unwilling to work on your courses when not on contract, please begin working on your fall 2020 classes immediately by sending an email request to IDA to create an empty Blackboard shell to begin course development.
Please review a Department of Education webinar for guidance responding to specific FERPA situations.
WSU will follow national, state, county, or city stay-at-home order if issued.
If a stay-at-home order is issued, classes will need to be delivered in remote or fully online formats.
WSU will continue to work to manage COVID-19 challenges for as long as they may last. We will continue our work in teams representing all stakeholders and through shared governance.
The campus re-integration working group investigating curriculum design options continues to meet and investigate unique scheduling structures for the spring 2021 semester. More creative suggestions for departmental consideration will be available in August 2020, prior to when spring 2021 schedule building is due.
WSU is a leader in applied learning, and this is our time to shine. Instructors are encouraged to think creatively about adapting experiences offered in the past and conceptualizing opportunities for the future. It might not be possible to continue applied learning activities used before, but it is possible to think of new options. The nature of work and school has changed in response to the COVID-19 crisis and will provide exciting opportunities for novel applied learning activities.
One way to engage community partners is to ask them to create a remote delivery presentation to share with students that could be added to your Blackboard course. Other ways to maintain relationships is to invite partners to Zoom course sessions.
Document management tools like Google.docs and Microsoft OneDrive allow multiple users to edit the same files.
Online project management tools like Microsoft Teams, Trello and Basecamp allow multiple users to interact on projects using message boards, shared documents and files and notification of updates through a single platform. For more information about using document or project management tools, email an instructional designer at WSU IDA.
Second eight-week courses are an option for programs that want to provide flexibility for students who need to drop a course early in the semester for any issue.
Academic institutions exist in geographic regions with different levels of COVID-19-associated risk. If you are interested in learning about intentions at other schools, view the Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of colleges’ plans for reopening.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a complex, challenging and fluid situation which continues to evolve and makes projections challenging. WSU will follow federal, state, and county public health recommendations and mandates in all decisions related to university operations as our priority is the health, safety and well-being of our entire Shocker community.