Keep Teaching: A Guide to Academic Continuity at Salve Regina
Salve Regina is unwavering in our commitment to academic excellence. Though teaching in a remote environment may be new to many of us, creatively evolving to meet the educational needs of our students is not.
In this period of disruption, we pledge to continue providing students with rigorous and engaging learning experiences, and to extend our student-centered community into the digital realm. We understand that you need support adapting to this temporary remote teaching environment. This page provides a centralized location for those resources.
These extraordinary times call for us to fully live our mercy values of excellence, dignity, justice and service. This is a learning opportunity for all members of our community, and we encourage everyone to approach it with patience and generosity.
One-on-one Canvas and WebEx training is available via phone and WebEx. To arrange training, email Page Cote at email@example.com and put "Canvas training" in the subject line.
The following guides provide a variety of resources for utilizing Canvas and WebEx:
If you need additional assistance, contact the Technology Services Center at (401) 341-7777 option 2 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writing Center staff will offer the following during the remote teaching period:
Writing workshops, delivered by video synchronously or asynchronously. Available topics include peer review, thesis development, organization and outlining, common grammatical concerns, topic sentences and transitions, MLA/APA format, source integration, concise writing, compare and contrast writing and metacognition.
- Assistance converting writing workshops to interactive Canvas modules.
- Assistance locating writing resources to support your students.
- Consultations on assignments, writing concerns or scaffolding writing assignments in a digital environment via phone, WebEx or email.
McKillop Library is closed to all users until further notice. Library staff are continuing to provide the following services:
- Electronic access to articles, book chapters and book excerpts from other libraries
- Scanning of limited portions of books from the library's physical collection. Requests can be submitted through interlibrary loan. Note: If you first need access to the table of contents or subject indexes of Salve Regina-owned books in order to determine the content needed, complete this form and we will scan and send these pages to you directly.
- Electronic course reserves, including scanning and posting limited portions of Salve Regina-owned print material, posting files provided by faculty, providing access to e-books and films available through library databases, and purchasing access to streaming films.
- The library has added additional electronic resources for spring 2020 to support remote learning and scholarship.
- Due dates for Salve Regina-owned books have been extended to May 15.
Research and Instruction Support
- Remote research support services are available from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Synchronous and asynchronous information literacy instruction to support online learning.
- Research consultations with your academic liaison librarian can be scheduled via email or with our existing appointment booking tool.
The following services have been suspended until further notice:
- Interlibrary loan and HELIN requests for physical items from other libraries.
- Access to the library's physical collections and study spaces.
- Requests for print books and DVDs owned by Salve Regina.
- The library has been asked to order new materials only if they directly support a course offered this semester. However, the library will not purchase and catalog print materials until Rhode Island's stay-at-home order is lifted.
Smarthinking online tutoring provides 24/7 academic support from experienced subject tutors and skilled writing tutors, helping students to succeed while they are away from campus. Students can access Smarthinking from the navigational panel (left side of your homepage) on the Canvas page for each of your courses.
To ensure that all students have access to their course materials during the coronavirus pandemic, the Salve Regina bookstore has partnered with Red Shelf to provide free digital access to e-books. Students can access up to seven free e-books from participating publishers through May 25. Use your salve.edu email address to gain access.
Disability Services can assist you in making your courses ADA compliant and accessible to students with disabilities. In addition, the Association on Higher Education and Disability has produced a toolkit to help with your course design.
For students with disabilities, when learning moves from classroom (face-to-face) instruction to online, it inevitably alleviates some problems and creates others, depending on the nature of the functional impact of the student’s disability. Some students may not need some of their accommodations (note-takers), but may need others now more than ever (screen-reader accessible documents).
In particular, if your course format is synchronous (everyone is online at the same time and the class starts and stops at designated times), things like extended time on tests become an issue. The Office of Information Technology can help you learn how to use the timed-tests feature of Canvas so as to allow specific students the additional time to which they are entitled.
Making courses accessible online is the responsibility of each individual faculty member, working in cooperation with individual students, with the support of Disability Services. Canvas is accessible and ADA compliant, however what you upload or download into Canvas may or may not be. It is your responsibility to know if your materials are accessible and to make whatever adjustments are necessary.
Disability Services will work with students who use disability accommodations to determine how remote learning is impacting them relative to their disabilities. Some effects we can safely predict, while others will emerge only in practice. You are asked to be patient with your students with disabilities as they (and you) navigate these new waters. It will be a steep learning curve for all involved – especially for first-year students – and the better and more compassionately we listen to them and to each other, the better outcome we will all see.
Although many of our international students and dual citizens intend to remain on campus throughout the remote teaching period, some have returned home. You are encouraged to poll your students to determine time zone challenges when planning any synchronous pieces of their courses. Though unlikely, there may also be access issues or internet restrictions for certain locations.
For more information, contact Erin Fitzgerald, director of international programs, at (401) 341-3108 or email@example.com.
All students, with the exception of continuing education students enrolled in the RN-BSN program, may choose to take their courses pass/fail for the spring 2020 semester. Students may make this choice until Friday, May 1. Students will submit to you a formal request by email, and you will then submit a P grade for students earning >65 and an F for <65.
Before selecting this option, students will be encouraged to discuss their decision with their faculty advisor. It is important to recognize that students considering graduate or professional school in select disciplines, or students enrolled in majors that maintain accreditation, may not benefit from this option. Students on academic probation seeking to increase their grade point averages will also need to assess the decision carefully.
The withdrawal deadline for all spring 2020 courses has been extended to Friday, May 1. Students will continue to request a withdrawal through the online form in Etrieve. Students will be encouraged to consult with their faculty advisor before withdrawing from a course, as it may interrupt their degree plans and even delay graduation.