Events are evolving very quickly, and for each of us, the particular pressures and anxieties are very personal and very different. I just want to write to remind everyone that taking care of ourselves and our loved ones takes priority over grades and studies, even as classes continue.
As we move to online learning, I will try to make the rest of this class as modular and adaptable as I can. I will record all the videos from Zoom sessions, and I will not require attendance at Zoom sessions (although I encourage and appreciate your participation if it works for you). All future assessments will be available on Canvas and be flexible in timing (meaning, you can choose when to take the assessment from a relatively large date/time range). I won’t set any due dates until after spring break.
I hope that your studies in this class can be a haven from the pressures you may be under right now — I certainly think of doing math as an escape. But in any case, what I don’t want is for the pressures of this class to be adding to a difficult situation. Please be in touch with me to discuss your personal situation with regards to the course, especially if you foresee personal circumstances interfering with your ability to continue in the course. We still have material to cover and grades to assign, but I will be as flexible as I possibly can in getting us all to the finish line.
And finally, let’s all come together to support one another. Let’s use Canvas to make contact with others to study with, and let’s have lots of patience and grace as we adjust to new modes.
I’ve developed a cough this morning. (No fever or anything else, but this follows on my young son developing a cough a few days ago.)
As a result, I’m moving up the timeline to switch to online learning, and I’ll be teaching from my home office this afternoon. Here’s what you need to know:
1) Don’t go to class. If you do go to class, and only realize what’s going on when you get there, please write a message on the blackboard: “Math 2001 is online today: go to 2001.katestange.net”
2) Download Zoom ahead of time (https://cuboulder.zoom.us/).
3) Then during the ten minutes before our regular lecture hour, go to 2001.katestange.net and click on the new “Zoom” menu item in the top line menu. You’ll find instructions there.
Please view today as a day to work the kinks out. I will have a worksheet for the day, and if I do any lecturing, I will record it as a video you can watch later. So if you have a technology issue, just take your time and arrive late, don’t give up. You can call OIT for help with tech (303-735-4357), and you can email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to keep me updated on your efforts (although I can’t help with the tech, probably). For those who hit the ground running with the tech, we’ll do breakouts in zoom for groupwork and try out the blackboard feature (where I write on the screen); for those who are just getting the tech up and running, use the hour to get yourself sorted out.
And please have patience, as I may myself be working the kinks out on my end too. I’ll make sure to put resources up on the web for anyone who needs to catch up.
We all have loved ones who are in higher risk groups for coronavirus; I’ve spoken to some of you about your close contacts with those for whom this disease is potentially quite dangerous. I also believe the move to online is inevitable, sooner or later. For these reasons, I have decided to move as quickly as I can toward online-only teaching.
Please be aware of several changes in light of coronavirus:
- Office hours will be online only, effective immediately. I will use Zoom for office hours. This will give me an opportunity to test it out. Check out the “Zoom” tab to the website where you can go for instructions. Please also note the timing will be unpredictable for a while; please consult the calendar you’ll find under the Zoom tab.
- Please do not attend class if you are ill, even with a mild cold. You do not need a doctor’s note, although I appreciate an email, just so I’m in the loop.
- Effective immediately, there will be no more in-class quizzes or in-class homework checks. I will roll out alternatives shortly.
- Please install and test Zoom at the first available opportunity, and contact OIT if you need help getting this capability up and running. This is where we will eventually meet virtually.
- If we begin meeting virtually, it will be during the same hours as regular class.
- If I switch to online meeting, I will email you all individually and update this website to let you know. Please check this website for up-to-date information.
Please stay healthy and safe.