March 11, 2020
Message from Dr. Nolan Atkins, Provost:
To all NVU students:
As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, we need to prepare for a variety of possible outcomes. At this point in time, our plan is to continue with our normal learning (face-to-face, hybrid, and online). As the outbreak evolves and new information becomes available, this plan may change at any time.
One of the possible outcomes that we are preparing for is the temporary suspension of campus operations impacting face-to-face instruction for a short period of time. In this scenario, NVU would continue to offer classes “remotely.” Faculty have been asked to ensure that every section can be delivered “remotely.”
Remote instruction may include any of the following:
- Course materials may be posted to Canvas (slides, videos, etc.)
- Use or enhanced use of the Canvas discussion board
- Zoom video conferencing to connect to all or individual students
- Assigning readings ahead of time
- Phone call
This is not intended to be a full-scale move to online instruction. It is a temporary solution to ensure courses continue to move forward in the event that we temporarily curtail face-to-face instruction. To prepare for possible “remote” instruction, please take our survey regarding the preparedness of students to participate in online and/or remote learning opportunities at NorthernVermont.edu/RemoteClassSurvey.
We anticipate that some faculty will move course materials to Canvas. If you are not familiar with Canvas, there are some great tutorials and videos for you to check out at this Canvas site.
Again, no decision has been made at this time to move all NVU classes to “remote” instruction. We continue to closely monitor and follow CDC and the Vermont Department of Health guidance. To stay up-to-date, please go to NorthernVermont.edu/Coronavirus.
Thank you for your time, patience, and cooperation.
Dr. Nolan T. Atkins
Provost, Northern Vermont University