Instruction and Courses
What course modes will be delivered?
Keeping with pre-Covid-19 course delivery modes, the primary form of course delivery will be in person with the exception of individuals who require accommodations in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as approved fully online and distance graduate programs and a few remote courses.
How should faculty prepare their syllabi?
Syllabi should clearly outline expectations for the course, particularly those related to the course delivery mode. The Center for Teaching and Learning has guidelines for developing a syllabus, including a template syllabus.
What academic technology tools are available for delivery of course instruction and student engagement?
Faculty must use Georgia Tech-authorized tools and platforms in order to safeguard student information. Those existing tools include Canvas, Kaltura, Piazza, and Microsoft Teams. Find resources and tutorials for these services and more information at services.gatech.edu.
If the course is one of the few hybrid or remote exceptions, the Georgia Tech Remote and Hybrid Teaching Academy provides sessions and resources on technology best practices.
Where can instructors find help in using AV technologies in the classroom?
For information on classroom and conference room AV and to request help, visit the OIT Audio Visual Services site: http://avservices.oit.gatech.edu/.
Resources, including recordings from past training sessions, are available within the Georgia Tech Remote and Hybrid Teaching Academy course:
Can we change the overall modality for classes at Tech?
Per guidance from the University System of Georgia, no institution may change the overall modality of their instruction.
Can we change temporary modality for classes at Tech?
Permission from the Office of the Provost to make temporary modifications in course delivery to accommodate instructor absence due to Covid-19 exposure or contraction has been discontinued effective Summer semester 2022. Going forward, any adjustments to class schedules will be handled under normal protocols which allow faculty to cancel a class, in consultation with their school leadership, if they have an illness or emergency situation and cover any missed material at their own discretion. If an instructor needs to cancel a class, they should notify students as early as possible.
Do I need to hold in-person office hours?
The format of office hours is set at the discretion of the instructor. Faculty may choose to hold their office hours in their office, virtually, outside, or some combination of approaches. Meeting students’ academic needs should be the driving consideration. As such, if a student asks for an in-person meeting, faculty are encouraged to do what they can to meet that request.
Helpful Digital Classroom Technologies for Instruction
Georgia Tech has a number of technology-based solutions that allow for in-person instruction to continue while addressing some of the requests from students for flexibility, especially if they are not able to come to class due to illness. Live broadcast/simulcast or recording the instruction is not considered a change of delivery mode, as long as the faculty member teaches from the classroom and the students can attend in person. Making simulcast or recordings available should not be done in a manner that discourages those students who are able to attend class to continue to do so.
Below are frequently asked questions.
Can I use recordings from past semesters for students who cannot attend?
Class recordings can be shared with the students currently enrolled in the course, using an authorized Georgia Tech platform such as Canvas or Kaltura.Recordings from past semesters can only be used if the recordings have no student data (e.g., name, audio, video) or if the students provided written consent for the use of these materials in the future. Review this training recording and this handout to learn important FERPA and other considerations for reuse of content, as well as proactive tips for content creation that allows for reuse of recordings in the future.
What is available in the classrooms?
All centrally scheduled classrooms are equipped with cameras and microphones to do basic recording or live broadcast of the podium activity. Faculty can also use a laptop with a camera and microphone placed on the podium to broadcast or record from the classroom. If you are in a non-centrally scheduled/unit-controlled classroom, contact your unit AV/IT or OIT AV.
What are other alternatives to assist students who are absent?
Faculty can use other solutions to assist student learning:
- Faculty can use the Smart Boards on the podium, in conjunction with OneNote software for their handwritten notes. OneNote can be used in conjunction with Canvas to enable student access to the lecture notes.
- If there are slides or other electronic resources, these can also be shared with students in Canvas.
- You can ask students to volunteer to take notes for you to share with the absent students.
- A weekly virtual office hour can be dedicated to covering the salient points of the lecture, which can also be recorded.
Need to amplify your voice?
Classrooms larger than 75 people in general are equipped with speech enforcement systems. You can request a microphone to use for the duration of the semester in these classrooms.
Links to additional AV/classroom technology resources:
Need help/have a question?
How should instructors accommodate student request for absence due to Covid-19?
Instructors should demonstrate appropriate flexibility with students who need to isolate or quarantine due to Covid-19 in the same way they would have accommodated ill students before the pandemic. Faculty are not required to record lectures or class meetings but may choose to do so. The method or approach to providing content and makeup work for the students is at the instructor's discretion.
Students who have a recognized disability or qualified medical condition as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may request any needed accommodations by registering with the Office of Disability Services (ODS). Registering with ODS is a three-step process that includes completing an online application, uploading documentation related to the accommodation request, and scheduling an appointment for an intake meeting (either in person or via phone or video conference) with a disability services coordinator.
What process should a student follow to request an academic accommodation?
Students who have a condition as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may request any needed accommodations by registering with the Office of Disability Services (ODS).
Registering with ODS is a 3-step process that includes completing an online application, uploading documentation related to the accommodation request, and scheduling an appointment for an “intake meeting” (either in person or via phone or video conference) with a Disability Services Coordinator.
What advice does the Office of Disability Services have for conducting virtual advising appointments? How do you enable captioning on the various virtual platforms?
Microsoft Teams now has closed captioning capability. For Microsoft Teams, the meeting host needs to navigate to meeting controls and click on “More Options,” then click on “Turn on Live Captions.”