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.
As we close the third week of classes, there’s no denying that campus (and all of us) are navigating stressful situations. Feelings are mixed. Concerns around the (now ended, but still rippling and controversial) GEO strike, a Faculty Senate vote and reports of conditions in the residence halls are taxing the community from many angles.
On a positive note, reports are that compliance on North Campus with mask-wearing and other measures is very high, and we greatly appreciate our community’s modeling of safe behavior.
ZOOM: HOSTING UPDATES & ACTION ITEMS
As part of a security update, Zoom will require all meetings occurring on or after September 27, to use a Waiting Room or a Passcode (formerly known as “password”).
U-M Zoom, including Zoom for Health, users are being notified of this change on a rolling basis from September 9 through September 27.
- Determine which Zoom Meetings you host will be impacted; and need to update.
- ITS recommends a Waiting Room configured with U-M recommended settings.
- For detailed information applicable to specific use cases, see Should I Use a Waiting Room or a Passcode in Zoom?
- Watch a recording of the U-M Zoom Settings and Security training to learn more about Waiting Rooms, Passcodes, and other security settings.
- Refer to Zoom’s FAQ about the upcoming changes.
For more tips on adapting to Zoom’s new security settings, visit the Nexus Faculty Resources blog here.
ON-CAMPUS STUDY AND DINING SPACES
With all the changes that have come with this new year, some students are struggling to figure out where they can study and eat.
- We created a page on our COVID-19 College website to share what is open and available to students. We’ve shared this in student announcements and on social, but please let your students know.
ENGAGING STUDENTS ONLINE
Engagement, communication, and feedback are necessary for effective online learning but can be challenging to implement. For tips on creating an effective plan, read this recent post from the Nexus Faculty Resources Blog.
- 9/23. Maize & Blue Cupboard returns to North Campus. Sign up to shop or volunteer at the mobile food distribution center – every other Wednesday through November 18.
- Departments can donate items like reusable bags, small hand sanitizers, etc. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 10/14. A faculty meeting will invite all instructors to engage in a check-in and conversation about the semester.
- 10/15. Staff State of the College. Save the date for this annual address by Dean Gallimore. Staff will get an RSVP soon.
- 10/23. Big Ten Football resumes. Although there won’t be fans in the Big House for home games this is certainly going to lead to polarizing opinions, and we just wanted to make sure you don’t get caught by surprise.