As students prepare to close out the final six weeks of the spring semester, some heavy adjustments will need to be made.
Today, all classes shift from face-to-face to remote instruction due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Students can access the online “Toolkit,” which contains information and resources on how to navigate the new reality of remote instruction. It includes student support functions, such as tutoring, counseling and advising to academic resources.
Students will have access to academic resources including Microsoft Teams, Canvas, Panopto Cloud and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.
Operated through Canvas, Panopto Cloud is a recording software that enables faculty to record and upload lectures into Canvas. If a faculty member chooses to conduct a live lecture or hold office hours, they can use either Blackboard Collaborate Ultra or Microsoft Teams.
When it comes to exams, faculty can opt to use Proctorio as a way to maintain academic integrity while securing online exams. When using Proctorio, the software will enable the lockdown of the test browser, can confirm the student’s identity and record of the test taker’s screen.
Turnitin will also be available to detect plagiarism in assignments. The software will scan papers and detect any plagiarism, which will then send an originality report to the instructor with information regarding the submission.
For video-conferencing, professors may use Zoom for more interactive courses. Students can create an account for free and join any meeting with a code provided by the instructor.
Other universities across the state have also been using Zoom for video-conferencing, including FSU and UF.
Besides academic success, Toolkit will also be providing additional resources for students to access remotely.
Academic advising will continue to operate throughout the semester by phone, Skype or online appointments. In addition, the counseling center and Career Services will be providing services remotely.
Since the USF Library is closed, some students may not have reliable access to the internet or a computer. If that is the case, alternate options can be provided, in addition to other computer labs on campus.
Students can reach out to Students with Disabilities Services or their professors for accommodations.