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Classroom COVID Response

Precautionary measures against COVID-19 are being implemented across all of WVU, including the TLC's technology classrooms.  full list (PDF)  of technology changes per room is available and continually being updated. Due to changing guidelines and access to materials, please keep checking back to this page for updates .

Important Note: Not all classrooms will be able to Live Stream. Due to network restraints, some have been designated as Record Only. WVU has multiple tools for both Real-Time (synchronous) and "Time-Flexible" (asynchronous) instruction, with or without camera video. If you need to change rooms because you require live streaming but assigned a room without it please contact Facilities Scheduling to request reassignment.

There are now 4 sections to this page:

  1. WVU-General Actions ("What is happening campus-wide and what guidelines do I follow?")
  2. Classroom-Specific Actions ("What is being done specifically at my classroom?")
  3. Technology Equipment Actions ("What technology will be available for me to use for my class?")
  4. FAQ and Training Initiatives ("How do I use this darn stuff anyway?")

WVU-General Actions:
  • Adhere to requirements outlined on the Return To Campus site, Coronavirus site, and in other official WVU communications (frequently updated)
  • Provide instructor guidance strategies and tools for course planning and contingency preparedness (Teaching Institutes and Webinars, Information on Zoom and Mediasite, etc.)
  • Reinforce the need for instructors to prepare a plan for a quick pivot to fully online should the situation change and offsite teaching becomes mandatory again
  • Reduce classroom density by about 50% as advised by our healthcare professionals and partners to help with social distancing
  • Move a number of courses to online delivery, which will free up larger classrooms to accommodate for social distancing
  • Shift other courses to a  hybrid modality involving a mix of on-campus and online instruction
  • Create temporary classrooms that will provide additional spaces for classroom instruction
  • Provide Personal Protective Equipment to employees and students.
  • Provide shields in front of lecterns to give instructors added protection when projecting their voice to the class (typically a 48" x 72" rolling-barrier shield)
  • Release a newly revised Fall 2020 schedule that will include updated information for each course (classroom location, days and time the course will be offered, as well as mode of delivery) 
  • Provide opportunities (drop-in consultations, webinars, videos) for instructors and teaching assistants to gain knowledge about (and best practices regarding) streaming/recording their class

Classroom-Specific Actions (Downtown and Evansdale):

  • Existing student seating may be replaced with tablet armchairs to increase seating capacity while still adhering to social distancing (SD) guidelines
  • Upgrade existing Plug-N-Play technology to "Standard" (PC, DocCam, Mic, etc.) in the Mountainlair Gluck Theater (Room 114)
  • Accommodating Computer Lab Classroom social distancing measures by relocating some computers from ESB G78B into G78A
  • Provide location specifics for camera, microphone, and other system modifications (details on this  PDF document)

Technology Equipment Actions (Downtown and Evansdale):

  • Provide ability to either live stream or record presentations for synchronous or asynchronous delivery in CTec classrooms based on network capacity
  • Install Mediasite Catch software onto the classroom PC to record class for upload later (as network capacity allows)
  • Reduce instructor contact points in classrooms by installing touch-less microphones (lectern-mounted gooseneck, boundary and/or ceiling mics), as well as removing wireless microphones and wireless presenters
  • Install a camera connected to the classroom PC to add "face value" to live streamed or recorded classes
  • Provide information about the standard equipment available in our technology classrooms
  • Provide location-specific information for camera, microphone, and other system modifications (details on this  PDF document)

Frequently Asked Questions and Training Initiatives:

To answer your questions while still minimizing in-person contact on campus, several initiatives are underway...