Campus Update from Provost Ross Alexander - March 13, 2020

Colleagues,

I hope this message finds you well. President Kitts and I deeply appreciate the quality instruction that you provide to all our students across multiple modalities. Thank you for your input and feedback during this uncertain time as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Surely by now you have seen this release describing UNA’s plan over the next few weeks, including a website that serves as a repository for information and resources for faculty, staff, and students. I know that for several weeks, deans, department chairs, and faculty members have been coordinating to ease a potential transition of the instructional environment to remote delivery, utilizing both Canvas and Zoom (or similar). I want to thank you all for that foresight and effort. Unlike many universities, UNA has a culture of online education that will allow us to make a relatively smooth transition. Over these next several weeks, I request that you accommodate students to the utmost degree possible and allow discretion as they too deal with this fluid situation. As the release and site indicates, UNA will transition to a remote instructional environment for the week of March 29-April 4. It is important to note that no decision has been made beyond that timeframe and during that week, although instruction will occur remotely, campus will remain open.  

In terms of training in the coming weeks, Educational Technology Services (ETS) will significantly increase opportunities available to faculty—both f2f and remotely. I strongly urge you to take advantage of those additional trainings and resources. You can sign up for training and view a schedule of upcoming opportunities here. Because so many of our faculty members are experts in online instruction, I also request that you engage in peer-to-peer trainings in departments and disciplines. We can help one another to best deliver educational services to our students.

UNA has a tradition of coming together during a crisis and this one is no different. I appreciate your assistance and patience as we work together through this challenge. Please check back to the website linked above for future updates and announcements. I appreciate you all. Thank you and Roar Lions!

Provost Ross Alexander