Instructional Continuity Instructions for Faculty

The Tech Center will be hosting Zoom Office Hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in Hariri 180 to assist your or answer questions. If you need to schedule a different time, send an email to msb-help@georgetown.edu (new window). To arrange one-on-one 15-minute coaching sessions for assistance with course redesign, Canvas, and using Zoom to most effectively teach your course, please reach out to Tim Catlett, associate director of technology and learning development.  

For faculty who need help in redesigning your class for online sessions, CNDLS (Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship at Georgetown) also has excellent resources. If you need assistance from CNDLS, please contact them at cndls@georgetown.edu (new window), (202) 687-0625, or by visiting their website (new window). The Tech Center is reachable at (202) 687-4721. A growing set of additional resources for instructional continuity (including tips, faculty examples, and contacts) may be found at https://instructionalcontinuity.georgetown.edu (new window). A group of McDonough faculty (see below) also have volunteered to help with design and delivery issues.

Zoom at Hariri

All Hariri classrooms are “Zoom-enabled.” Zoom is an excellent option for synchronous (live) meetings and virtual office hours. Zoom can handle up to 125 participants at a time (with availability of up to 500 by request (new window) by emailing zoom@georgetown.edu (new window)). Asynchronous engagements can include discussion board posts and peer meetings that students can complete outside of class time.

Some students may not be able to access Zoom immediately for live sessions. We also ask faculty to allow your class to be recorded either by Zoom or Panopto.

A faculty panel, comprising three faculty members with extensive online instructional experience, will host a live “Best Practices in Zooming Classes” session on Friday, March 13, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Zoom call-in instructions will be sent separately in an invitation to the faculty and staff.

Zoom at Home

For the week of March 16 and until otherwise noted, all classes will be conducted from Hariri (except in exceptional circumstances). 

In weeks to come, however, we might need to have you teach remotely. Please take these steps to ensure you have the ability to work remotely.

  • Do you have a laptop or a well-equipped home desktop? If not, please borrow one from the tech center.
  • Check your internet speed at www.speedtest.net (new window), which is a good site to use. Ideally, you will have a download speed of 20 Mbps or higher. If it is slower, it may affect your ability to seamlessly attend video conferences. Send an email to msbhelp@georgetown.edu (new window), and they can discuss some options. If you have a slow connection (e.g., DSL dial-up), Zoom will not work well. Please be in touch with the Tech Center if you have dial-up or slow connections.
  • If you do not already have Zoom installed on the computer you will be using from home, go to https://georgetown.zoom.us/ (new window) to download the software. Login using the SSO with “georgetown” as the domain. You will be asked to provide your UIS credentials (net id and email password) to authenticate. If you have a McDonough-issued laptop and you have never initiated a Zoom meeting beforeyou probably do not have Zoom installed.
  • You can either start a meeting instantly with Zoom or schedule one in advance. Here are some useful training videos: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials (new window)
  • Take a few minutes to call a colleague or friend using Zoom. Take note of your ability to share your screen with other participants. Open a white board to draw. Record the session.

Alternatively, if you would like to do an advanced recording of your lecture in a classroom, the Tech Center can assist.

Hardware

We have acquired webcams for your use at home with desktops, if you do not have a webcam. Please see the Tech Center. All McDonough-issued laptops have a built-in webcam. Please check your laptop to make sure that it has a webcam and speakers. The Tech Center has about 20 loaner laptops for faculty use.

Network Drives

Everyone has access to the Google Apps Suite (Gmail, Google Drive) and GU Box from home. If you need to access the H: drive, you will need to first log into the VPN (Cisco AnyConnect). Alternatively, you can use Netstorage to access the H: drive remotely; the VPN is not required to access Netstorage.

This information can be found on our technology page: https://msbtech.georgetown.edu/ (new window).

We are continually updating the Tech Center webpage to make the transition to remote work easier should it occur. The key is preparation. The Tech Center is here to help. Give them a call (x7-4721), email (msbhelp@georgetown.edu (new window)), or go see them if you have any questions.