March 16 Update

Let me begin by thanking you for your positive response in the face of the uncertainty caused by this global pandemic! I know each day has brought more changes and more disruption of our lives, and now we know that it is going to last throughout the semester. I am missing the loss of personal contact with all of you and I am sure you are missing your colleagues and students. I am sure that many of you are trying to figure out how to keep your work going with children at home and child care sparse. You have concerns about your and your family’s health. You are worried about the quality of instruction in this new normal. Please know that I am deeply grateful for all you are doing in the face of this challenging time. My message today is to take care of yourselves and your loved ones as we move into this period of doing the best we can under the circumstances. If you need support during this time, please know that IU provides services such as the IU Employee Assistance Program (IUEAP).

I also know that you have many questions to which we do not yet have answers. President McRobbie is meeting daily with the IU administrative team and thoughtfully working through each question. Below you will find the information I can share based on today’s meeting with John Applegate. I will continue to communicate daily, trying to keep you informed as quickly as I can. Please stay tuned to the university’s website for the most updated information.  

First, as you know, given the child care issues caused by the cancellation of school, the travel disruptions that have caught people in various locations, and the need to move to a longer period of online teaching, we have extended spring break for an additional week so faculty can have more time to prepare.  

  • All classes, both those that were face-to-face and those that began as online courses, will have an extended spring break. We know that many students have a combination of both classes and we want to keep the break the same.
  • The semester will end as it was scheduled to end in May prior to commencement. Individual programs can use the flexibility of exam week if they have a compelling case for it, but this needs to be approved by the Chancellor.
  • We have been instructed that under no circumstances should a class end before the semester is finished.
  • If you are on campus working, please follow protocols of distancing yourself from others and disinfecting your hands and work services. John Sarber and his staff continue to deep clean the campus. 

Below is additional information from the CTLA and UITS:

From the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (CTLA)

One-on-One Consultations

With the announcement from President McRobbie last night, you may be saying, “I could handle remote for two weeks but the rest of the semester?” Chérie and Chanda are ready to help! Even if you are not sure what to ask, please reach out by emailing We want to help you design the rest of the semester to be productive and successful for your students through personal one-on-one consultations through Zoom, phone, email, etc. 

Assessing Student Learning

As you are looking ahead to the rest of the semester, you probably are thinking about how you will test your students or otherwise assess their knowledge and skills without being able administer exams in a classroom.  We hope to have some information for you in regard to digital approaches to proctoring in the next few weeks. In the meantime, we encourage you to email to talk to Chérie and Chanda about alternative assessment types. Resource coming soon focusing on alternative assessments. 

Please take advantage of our programming. These are still face-to-face unless noted as online. 

Training Schedule

IU Learning Technologies adding more Keep Teaching Online Webinars

Due to the large number of participants in the first Keep Teaching webinars, we have added additional webinars beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. The webinars will be covering the basics of using these tools and targeted for faculty who are completely new to the online environment or need a refresher.  The list of webinars and the registration links at Keep Teaching at IU.