LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 17, 2020) — As University of Kentucky faculty begin teaching classes via online and by other alternative delivery methods, assistance with this transition is still available.
All faculty who need assistance with moving their classes online should visit UK's new Teach Anywhere site, which consolidates planning, strategies, tools, tutorials and other information for faculty moving online: https://teachanywhere.uky.edu/. Teaching, Learning, and Academic Innovation (TLAI) will continue to assist faculty. They are hosting live office hours virtually via Zoom at https://uky.zoom.us/j/275350313. When you join, you may be in a waiting room or pop into a conversation that is already taking place, but just stay on the line and, the consultants will take care of you and make sure that you get connected with someone. TALI will be available throughout the semester for consultation. These are their special hours for the next several days.
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, March 30, through Friday, April 3. The times available between 7 and 9 p.m. are by appointment; email email@example.com to make an appointment.
Also, the Faculty Media Depot, part of TLAI, is supporting transition to online and alternative formats for course delivery. In light of the UK President Eli Capilouto’s announcement regarding extended COVID-19 precautionary measures to keep the UK community safe, the Depot transitioned to online-only consultation and production services beginning March 23. New appointments will be scheduled virtually with access to available online services, trainings and consultations. To make an appointment contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about support for instructors, please visit https://teachanywhere.uky.edu/.
“We have a responsibility to do everything we can to stem the tide of this disease. It requires us to make significant changes to honor our most important principles: protecting the health, safety, and well-being of everyone in our community; and enabling our students, faculty, and staff to succeed,” Capilouto wrote. “Based on the advice of health experts, guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and directives from Governor Andy Beshear, we are moving quickly and changing direction to be responsive to the needs of everyone in our community.”
Specific steps announced March 17 include:
- Instruction will move to online or other alternative learning formats, effective March 23 through the end of the Spring 2020 semester.
- Students are being strongly encouraged to return to their residences away from campus to continue their studies remotely through the end of the semester. Students will be required to return to their homes unless they receive approval to remain on campus.
- UK also is developing a process for refunds for housing and dining, which will be communicated in the coming days.
The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers." We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.