ENGIN UPDATE: 50 days until in-person instruction pauses. Key touchpoints.

The College of Engineering’s weekly update aims to provide transparent and frequent information about how the College is operating, adapting and caring for its community. Updated information can always be found at the College’s COVID website. Questions and feedback can be submitted here


We are exactly 50 days away (Nov. 20) from when U-M is moving to fully remote courses to conduct final projects and exams – after Thanksgiving break. Fifty days is going to fly by, and there are a few important touchpoints along the way – to help you understand what to expect and how to prepare. 


Friday, October 2, 1:00 – 1:45pm

U-M Weekly COVID Briefing 

New weekly Zoom with President Schlissel and other U-M leaders. This week they’ll address U-M’s COVID response metrics and mitigation strategies – what they’re tracking related to COVID, and what measures might be put in place in the case of various scenarios.  

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Wednesday, October 14, 11:30am – 1:00pm

Faculty Meeting – RSVP to come

Inviting all instructors to engage in a check-in and conversation about the semester. 


Thursday, October 15, 9:00 – 10:30am

Staff State of the College Address – RSVP

Hear College updates surrounding COVID-19, DEI initiatives and our Michigan community. Followed by a Q&A for the dean to answer any questions you may have.  



Levels of student outreach around mental health resources is high – students are feeling stressed and concerned about their progress in classes at unprecedented rates. Please practice extra patience and empathy, and be mindful of your responses to student challenges. This document provides sample language and resources to help you navigate stressful situations with students in need.

Also remember these resources are available: 



Faculty who need funding to convert their W21 courses to new formats may apply for up to approximately $5000. Support will be prioritized for ENGR100 sections, capstone design courses, and lab courses. Funds can be used for a wide array of activities including hiring student temps to develop online modules as well as purchasing lab kits, equipment, or other supplies. Funding cannot be used for additional salary for faculty. To apply for a grant, please prepare a 1 page proposal and submit via this link by October 19, 2020. 



One of the questions that comes up often is how to replace using whiteboards in classrooms and office hours. In May, as part of the Engineering Teaching and Learning symposium, a session was held on whiteboard alternatives and the recording is available.



ITS recently introduced MLane, a new IT solution for U-M students studying remotely from China during the 2020-21 school year. For more on MLane, plus tips and best practices for teaching globally distributed students, read this post from the Nexus Faculty Resources Blog.