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Please click a link below to see frequently asked questions about each type of educational technology!
Covenant Seminary's platform for meeting with students online in real time.
Covenant Seminary's learning management system. This is where your course site is housed. You can share files with students, send announcements to your class, email students individually, etc.
Covenant Seminary's platform for recording videos for students and for recording and/or livestreaming lectures from the classroom.
Covenant Seminary's scheduling software used by full-time faculty and some staff.
Student Interaction During the Pandemic
Can I meet with students on/off campus?
To the best of our knowledge, the following guiding principle seems wisest to have in place: assume that we, or anyone we come into contact with, already has the virus, as a result of which we must take necessary steps to avoid needlessly putting others or ourselves in harm’s way. This principle will explain the measures below, some of which may seem extreme but we hope make sense in light of the principle just named.
In terms of on-campus meetings: office hours must be held via Zoom or over the phone. This should be the norm for every meeting. If a professor feels the need, for extreme extenuating circumstances only, to meet with a student on campus, please meet in an open space outside of the building, such as the park on Conway road, or the portico by the chapel. (If you are not sure whether something counts as an extreme extenuating circumstance, please contact Jay directly.) Please remain at least six feet apart and wash hands before and after any such meeting.
In terms of off-campus meetings: in light of the above principle, we strongly discourage any non-essential contact with people outside of your household. If you do meet with anyone off campus, please follow the guidelines issued by the CDC and the federal government, which includes keeping a distance of at least six feet from others, avoiding any gatherings larger than ten people, frequently washing your hands, and not touching your face.
We are fully aware that the above cuts across the grain of our pastoral instincts. We also want to be wise and not needlessly engage in contact that could spread the virus. Luther’s words are a help in this regard:
“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine, and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance infect and pollute others, and so cause their death as a result of my negligence.”
The great mercy is that in our day and age, we have many more ways to be present with students than Luther did. Let us take advantage of those ways as much as we possibly can.
Can students organize to watch lectures together?
We cannot control what students choose to do outside of the class. The school cannot, however, encourage such gatherings or organize them on behalf of the students.
How does a part-time instructor schedule office hours?
Part-time professors may arrange office hours through email.
Do I need to tell anyone if I am coming to campus?
Yes; if you are coming to campus outside of the times you are normally on campus, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also email that address when you leave campus. Please include what time(s) you will be working in the building, the building name, the floor, the office number, and all of the rooms you have visited. If you need to call security while you’re on campus, from your work phone, call 314-581-7212.
Can I come to my office to work?
Yes, you may work in your office. We would ask, however, that you not meet with people in your office as it will be impossible to keep the suggested six feet apart from people.
I'm having computer problems, who do I contact?
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