Information for Faculty
- Fall 2020 Classes resume August 24.
- Course schedules may include some evening and weekend classes, a hybrid of online and in-person learning, and other approaches, including de-densifying classrooms.
- Faculty will receive two (2) Maverick face masks at no charge.
We are committed to providing the exceptional educational experience our students have come to know, whether they return to campus or study remotely.
Fall Course Planning
As President Carter and Chancellor Gold announced on April 24, our plan is to resume on-campus instruction beginning in Fall 2020 semester, with efforts to reduce the density of student interactions. Therefore, the fall curriculum will need to include a mix of in-person, remote, and online instruction.
These guidelines are the first step of a multi-step process that will likely evolve over the fall semester.
Below is a summary of guidelines that all academic deans received and will be discussing with department chairs and school directors, as directed by Sacha Kopp, Ph.D.
Courses with prior-year enrollments of >25 students/section
Develop alternatives to in-person instruction. All courses should have a contingency plan in the event of a need to go into campuswide remote operations mode.
Each dean should assess where your courses could be offered either remotely or online.
- Offering these classes remotely (820 section).
- Switching these courses to online (850 section) and alerting currently enrolled students of this change.
- Splitting a large section by concurrently scheduling both in-person section (listed as a 001 section) and remote section (listed as an 820 section) of the same course, taught by the same instructor, so the total section enrollment is achieved, as long as classroom technology will support this.
- Use creative solutions such as (but not limited to!) a Cambridge-style “tutorial model,” classified as “hybrid,” 860 section.
This will free larger classrooms for use by smaller classes with more social distancing.
Read the full memo from Sacha Kopp, Ph.D.
Types of Instruction
- In-Person Instruction (001 sections): refers to instructors and students attending synchronous classes on either the Scott or Dodge campuses or, in the case of practica, field work, internships, service learning, or flight training, at community locations, subject to public health conditions.
- Remote Instruction (820 sections): refers to instructors and students meeting synchronously using digital technology at the scheduled times according to the Registrar’s calendar.
- Hybrid (860 sections): refers to a mix of in-person instruction and either remote or online instruction, with guidance from HLC that in-person instruction will not exceed 11.25 contact hours per semester (25% of HLC contact hours).
- Online Instruction (850 sections): refers to asynchronous instructor-student interactions using digital technology to make academic content available to students, with students able to interact with each other and the instructor at flexible hours.
Check your mailbox or with your office manager to collect your masks. Most face masks for faculty were delivered to department mailboxes across campus in late June.
New faculty members will receive their masks along with their MavCARD, while supplies last.
If you are a faculty member who needs a mask and has not received your masks, are missing masks, or have any other questions related to the UNO-branded mask, please email email@example.com.
Please be sure to include the following information in your email:
- Room Number
- Name of Individual(s)
- Role of Individual(s) (ex: employee, student worker, adjunct faculty, student, etc.)
Hand Sanitizer and Sanitizing Wipes
Hand sanitizer stations are located across campus. These freestanding sanitizer stations are commonly located near building entrances and exits. Disinfecting wipes will be provided for classrooms and labs this fall.
UNO Custodial Services will refill these freestanding sanitizer stations and replace disinfecting wipes in classrooms as needed. Departments and units are responsible for ordering supplies through eSHOP for their areas.
If you purchase your own hand sanitizer, the CDC recommends checking the product label to make sure it contains at least 60% alcohol.
Ordering Additional Supplies
To order now, please visit eSHOP and use the form titled "COVID-19 Supplies Order Form." The goal is to fulfill orders as soon as possible. Due to high demand, there may be a delay in order fulfillment.
To plan for the semester, please use the "COVID-19 Fall Planning Form" in eSHOP to estimate future campus departmental needs. This will help maintain inventory.
How to Order or Print Signage
Print signage materials are available for the campus to print and display as needed.
These materials include reminders on:
- Social distancing best practices
- Cleaning and disinfecting areas such as lab spaces
Signage provided will be updated as public health guidance and campus needs evolve.
Print signage can be printed on standard 8.5x11” paper (preferably in color for legibility).
Additional signage needs that can’t be printed in-house, such as floor and window decals, can be ordered through UNMC Printing Services.
It is recommended that orders be placed at least two weeks in advance, though turnaround times can vary based on materials.