Keep Teaching: Frequently asked questions
No. The grading flexibility will not be extended beyond the spring 2020 semester. The flexibility in the A/Pass/Fail grading option was an effort to mitigate the impact of the mid-semester move to remote teaching and learning in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
- Tuition for online courses will remain at the current rate, which is the base in-state tuition rate per student credit hour (SCH) for undergraduate and graduate courses. College/departmental non-online fees will also remain at their current rates.
- Global Campus and college/departmental online fees are being suspended. Instead, students will pay a single standard reduced online fee of $70 per student credit hour (SCH) this summer.
- With the shift to remote teaching, we have also eliminated fees typically charged to campus-based students, including the Campus Privilege Fee, the Academic Infrastructure Fee, and the Summer School fee.
- For a full schedule of tuition and fees, please see the summer 2020 web page on the Cashier's website.
The following programs are excluded from the new summer school tuition and fees model:
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
- Master of Agribusiness (MAB)
- Master of Psychology with an emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (MIOP)
- The Community College Leadership Program (Roueche program)
- Professional MBA program
- University Engineering Alliance (UEA)
- AG IDEA programs
- Great Plains IDEA programs
These programs are excluded because they are a professional program, based on a cohort model or are part of a multi-institutional agreement with pre-set tuition and fees.
To assist faculty in transitioning new courses to the online modality, the Online Course Design Institute has been created by a partnership between Global Campus, the Teaching and Learning Center, iTAC, the Polytechnic Campus and other university partners.
This institute, which replaces K-State Online Essentials (previously offered to faculty) includes a comprehensive checklist to guide the course design process and is customizable to each instructor’s experience and comfort level.
The newly developed Online Course Design Institute will support your efforts in transitioning labs and other experience-based courses online. Instructional designers are also available for one-on-one consultations. Please continue to explore the Keep Teaching website for more information and to schedule an appointment or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The impacts of the response to COVID-19 have made live remote proctoring services available from vendors, such as Examity, difficult to secure. Continue to refer to the Keep Teaching website for alternative assessment resources and virtual sessions on the topic.
No, the K-State Employee Tuition benefit and the K-State dependent/spouse grant are not impacted.
A spreadsheet of all summer classes is being sent to the dean’s office of each college so that specific decisions about individual courses can be collected and submitted to the Registrar’s Office. The spreadsheet designations will provide the information needed to make relevant changes to the existing summer class schedule in KSIS.
Courses that were previously approved for online development should continue as planned. Courses/programs submitted in the spring 2020 online development cycle are currently under review. Given the impact of this evolving situation, decisions will be made in April, and PIs will be notified in early May.
We appreciate that transitioning courses online takes time. However, no extra funding is being made available to compensate faculty specifically for this work, as this effort is in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Enrollment in summer classes is not required unless the student's initial entry document (I-20 or DS-2019) indicates the student should begin the program in a summer session or the summer session will be the student's last enrollment at K-State. The fact that summer classes are online will be allowable for students in their last semester because this move is due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is in communication with the government regarding our campus’ plan. For further question, have students reach out to their International Student Advisor. Contact information can be found on the ISSS website.
Students who enrolled in intersession or summer 2020 courses do not need to re-enroll in courses. If the move to online changes the course in a significant way, such as the dates it is offered, or requires the course to be canceled, students will be contacted via their K-State email.
Following the announcement of all intersession and summer courses to online for summer 2020, the university will take a few days to review the existing courses, add new courses and make the necessary changes in KSIS and the course schedule. Expect to see the new information the week of April 20.
Students enrolled in remote learning for intersession/summer 2020 are eligible for federal, state and institutional financial aid. To be considered for summer aid, students need to enroll in summer courses and submit the Summer Financial Aid Application.
The amount of summer financial aid that can be offered to a student is dependent on how much financial aid the student has already received during the fall and spring semesters. Students are encouraged to visit with their financial aid advisor to discuss their situation and eligibility for financial aid.
Students may still be eligible for veteran’s benefits for online classes during the pandemic. Students are encouraged to visit with the Office of Veterans Affairs to discuss their situation and eligibility for benefits.
Getting Started with Remote Teaching
If you are brand new to remote and/or online teaching, read through the resources on this Keep Teaching website on the Preparing and Planning section as a starting point. You can also download the faculty checklist (PDF) that walks you through some initial steps to get started.
Based on this K-State Today announcement, all campus employees are being asked to work remotely via telecommuting or other methods should do so as soon as possible starting Monday, March 16. This means that resources to support in-classroom filming will not be available and faculty and instructors should not plan to come to campus for in-classroom filming.
No. This time period should be used to clean and disinfect classrooms.
Instructors of record should be creative and adopt the best distance instruction approach that they feel will provide the optimal learning experience for the student.
The staff at the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) are ready to brainstorm with you about different options to help you achieve your course learning objectives. You can contact the TLC staff by calling 785-532-7828 or emailing email@example.com.
Check out this K-State Today article and K-State's Remote Work Guide. Both have ideas and strategies for how to function well in remote work situations.
Remote Teaching Tips & Strategies
Here are some options for revising how teaching occurs in lab courses for remote modalities:
- Consider using demonstrations instead of live lab activities. Instructors can record themselves completing a lab and share that with their students. The recordings can be done simply (e.g., using a phone with a video camera). Instructors can supplement these demonstrations with voice narration or writing guidance for their students and can design assignments their students can complete demonstrating that they learned the objectives of the demonstration. You can contact Global Campus to learn more about methods for recording demonstrations.
- Videos of labs may be available on social media (e.g., YouTube). Instructors can use these in place of the live experience as well. Quick Google searches on your topic of choice, may help you to find a range of options like this collection of effective biology YouTube channels. When needed, you may be able to adjust or revise your scheduled lab to one available online that covers similar learning objectives.
- Open educational resources (OER) may provide materials and resources that can replace the live lab experience. You can explore OER collections such as MERLOT to find lab-related exercises and materials that may be appropriate for your discipline and course content.
- Reach out to colleagues for advice. Currently, there is a comprehensive spreadsheet circulating that is broken out by discipline that has contributors from all over the world adding in resources for lab-based courses. There is a group in the Keep Teaching online community focused on labs (once in the community join “group” called “Content: LABS”).
- Objectives of the lab course may be modified by instructors as appropriate. Where appropriate, consider shifting the content of your course to focus on other valuable and relevant areas of emphasis, such as science literacy and communication, or lab safety in place of live lab experiences. These videos from the Georgia Tech College of Sciences on lab safety are a great example of what’s available.
Faculty should provide course materials in a timely way so that students can access them if they want to follow their usual class schedule. If you are attempting to meet with students through a synchronous video session, keep that meeting time at the same time as your typical class to avoid creating conflicts with students other scheduled courses.
While K-State's services can support synchronous online meetings, there is concern about student access from off-campus. If students do not have ready access to computers or cameras, they may not have the ability to zoom or use other streaming resources. Also, if their lives are disrupted by personal illness to themselves or others in their care, we can deliver accessible materials to them without requiring them to join us at a particular day and hour.
Student Support in Remote Learning Environments
Faculty who have questions about student accommodations should email the Student Access Center at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Access Center staff will correspond with faculty over email and Zoom to answer questions.
K-State Libraries can scan chapters from our textbook collection and request chapters from other libraries as well. The ability to fill requests is heavily dependent on the operations of other libraries, many of which are also reducing their operations. To maximize your chance of success, please request only those portions of books that you need.
To place a request for a chapter of a textbook, use the Interlibrary Loan request form. The library will work to get you a scanned copy either from our collection or another library.
K-State Libraries will continue to provide the services and resources listed on the Continuation of Library Services page. Information will be added as it becomes available. Students and instructors should check this page frequently for updates.
The Provost has asked faculty to suspend any course policies requiring a doctor’s note to document illness.
Yes. Academic advisors should work with their advisees remotely. Resources regarding remote advising are available on the Academic Advising website.
Students will be able to enroll for summer and fall courses as scheduled. If you have not yet met with your academic advisor to plan your course schedule, please contact them. Some offices have adopted email, telephone, and Zoom connections for students instead of in-person meetings or appointments. Prior to visiting a university office in person, please call or consult the website to determine how to contact the office and schedule services.
Several resources are available to you in this effort. The K-State Campus Store is offering:
- Access to eBook versions of textbooks at no additional charge. Students can visit the campus store website to see if their textbooks are available as eBooks and access them at no additional charge with their .edu email address. They can access up to seven eBooks for the designated period.
- Free access to Lumen Learning OER courseware. Lumen Learning, our campus store’s OER partner, is offering FREE access to courseware to help supplement content and offer additional resources to faculty.
- Additional options are available to students for other needs.
- K-State Libraries can scan chapters from our textbook collection and request chapters from other libraries as well. The ability to fill requests is heavily dependent on the operations of other libraries, many of which are also reducing their operations. To maximize your chance of success, please request only those portions of books that you need.
- To place a request for a chapter of a textbook, use the Interlibrary Loan request form. The library will work to get you a scanned copy either from our collection or another library.
In looking to scan or utilize material from texts that a faculty might have on hand and to keep in line with copyright law, consider fair use for each proposed use. There may be additional flexibility in fair use considering the current circumstances. Please see the following guidance, Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research”, for more information.
The Library has resource information related to using course materials in an online environment:
- Limiting access to materials only to students and instructors in a course.
- Using the materials only for the period of time that is necessary under the circumstances, and then
- Removing access to the materials.
- Using only those portions of the materials that are necessary for instruction.
Once you have reviewed the guidance and determine you can scan or utilize material from texts that you already have on hand and adhere to copyright law, these scanning options may be helpful.
Also, consider open educational resources (OER). Please contact your subject librarian and they can help you find and access these and other resources.
See who has been active in your Canvas course through Course Analytics. Besides summarizing course activity and submissions, you can also view each student's activity in a course. Scroll down to the Student table and sort by Participations or Page Views to get a quick glance. Click on the student's name to view more details on that particular student. The small envelope icon next to their Current Total score launches a direct Canvas Inbox message to the student for a quick outreach opportunity. Once you are in a single student view, you can quickly navigate to other students with the Student List picker in the upper right of the page.
Assessing Learning in Remote Environments
The staff at the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) are ready to brainstorm with you about a range of alternative assessment methods that will help you to measure your course learning objectives. You can contact the TLC staff by calling 785-532-7828 or emailing email@example.com.
Yes, if the exam is scheduled to be held on campus, it should be rescheduled or special consideration should be requested. Address those concerns with the Graduate School.
The availability of proctoring services for online exams may be limited. The following tips are good practice for online exams and can help minimize the need for proctoring.
- Exams, in general, can be anxiety-inducing. The change to an online modality will likely have students uneasy. Communicate detailed instructions for the exam upfront (including how many questions, types of questions, etc.) so students feel prepared going in.
- Make your expectations clear to your students about allowable resources. Make clear to your students what resources they may or may not use while working on the exam (e.g., class notes, textbooks) and whether or not they may collaborate with each other. A lot of “academic dishonesty” can be prevented with clear instructions.
- Consider allowing exams to be open-book/source and/or allowing collaboration with other students. Assume students will use resources while taking an exam, and even encourage them to do so. Consider asking questions that probe deeper levels of knowledge and understanding, enabling students to apply, assess, and evaluate concepts and facts in meaningful ways. Consider encouraging students to share and cite where they get information from and what resources they use. Consider encouraging them to work in small teams and asking them to include who they work with and in what ways.
- Use question pools in Canvas so the questions can be randomized. As mentioned above, if students try to collaborate on an exam they are not able to as easily if the questions are populated in random orders.
- Offer flexibility with the timing of your online exam. Students who are learning remotely may need flexibility for when they can take your exam, so consider offering a wider time frame for exam completion. This applies both to the window in which the exam is available as well as how long students have to take the exam.
- Please remember to add extended time for students with this testing accommodation if you have received a letter of accommodation.
- Limit feedback displayed to students. Instructors can limit what types of feedback are displayed upon completion of a test in Canvas. Providing test scores is important feedback that indicates how well students have performed and should be made available. However, instructors might reconsider whether to include “Let Students See the Correct Answers” as an option to be displayed or not to students. Consider showing answers only after all students have completed the exam. Do remember to allow students to see correct answers at some time so that they may learn from that feedback.
- Consider the possibilities, but also the limitations, of using online testing services.Proctoring services may be costly or unavailable. Browser lockdown programs may not allow for accessibility.
- Consider alternative forms of assessment to exams. The purpose of assessment is to allow students to demonstrate their learning. There may be methods (e.g., written assignments, activities, recorded oral presentations) that allow students to demonstrate their progress toward course learning objectives that circumvent many of the issues that will manifest with online exams.
- If the exam has multiple choice answers, try to avoid “all of the above” answers.Canvas can scramble answer choices. Students don’t see the same answers/same order of answers so if they try to collaborate (using text, etc.) it cannot be done as quickly. Consider using items with only one correct answer.
- When possible, include one or more subjective questions (e.g., short answer, essay). These questions typically draw on higher-order thinking skills and require students to showcase a greater depth of their knowledge.
- Consider focusing on solving problems while showing work and explanations.In many cases, students may get the same answer, but showing their work reveals meaningful differences in understanding. Sometimes there may only be a few ways to show work, so you may ask for brief prose explanations, or have students record a video of them talking through the process to solve a question.
- Consider question formats leading to essays, videos, pictures, and other personal responses.Consider having students express their learning through essays, videos, pictures, or other personalized forms of writing/speaking/communicating. Consider having students post their responses for each other and assess each other’s work through peer grading. Rubrics can help guide students as they develop such work, give each other feedback, and, provide a consistent method of assessment.
- Consider using student-generated questions with explanations:Consider asking students to create their own questions with an explanation of how it would assess a certain topic or skill in a meaningful way.
The Honor and Integrity System is still working to hold students accountable for academic integrity violations. If you suspect there has been a violation, please complete the Violation Report Form or you may email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options.
As with any semester, you may sanction a student up to an XF. This includes a warning, a grade sanction for the assignment/quiz, a grade sanction for the entire course, the Development and Integrity Class, or an XF (or a combination of these sanctions). Please note that a student who is found responsible for an Honor and Integrity violation during the spring 2020 semester will not be able to choose the A/Pass/Fail option for the course of violation.
Technical Support for Remote Teaching & Learning
All classes 800-level and below already have a Canvas “shell” that is already populated with students registered for the course. There are several ways to receive support as you get started with Canvas:
- Contact the Help Desk (785-532-7722 or email@example.com) with basic Canvas questions
- Visit this self-paced Getting Started with Canvas resource
- Attend a Canvas training or view a Canvas training recording on the Keep Teaching training website
- Reach out to a Global Campus instructional designer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Contact your local college IT staff for more resources and information
No. IT staff cannot help you to set up technology in your home.
If you have questions about sensitive data or documents, contact the IT Help Desk (785-532-7722 or email@example.com).
To get the VPN software, you must be a K-State student or employee with an active K-State eID and have an internet connection. For more information on how to install and connect to the VPN, view the following Knowledge Base articles.
VPN for Windows
Note: If you have Trend Micro antivirus installed on your Windows computer, you MUST uninstall it before installing GlobalProtect VPN. K-State no longer supports trend Micro antivirus. To learn more about K-State's approved antivirus software, view the K-State Antivirus Software webpage.
- Install and Connect to the GlobalProtect VPN on a Windows computer
- Install GlobalProtect on Android device
- Download and Install the CLI Version of GlobalProtect for Linux
- Download and Install the GUI Version of GlobalProtect for Linux
If your internet is spotty when working remotely, turn off the video and avoid the use of full-screen sharing or sharing your screen unless necessary.