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COVID-19: Faculty Information

The Brown School is committed to supporting our faculty and students as we move from in-person learning formats to online learning options in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The School has mobilized resources to support you. 

Faculty Teaching Resources 

Lorien Carter has put together a variety of resources and information for all Brown School faculty in Canvas. You can access it with your WUSTL key here:

There are a lot of helpful tips for how to use the various virtual features of Canvas through the “Canvas Guides.” The University has created to help faculty think through this process as they begin to adapt content, including a comprehensive Quick Start Guide.

One thing to note: if you choose to use the “Conferences” feature in Canvas, it uses a Canvas-specific platform called “Big Blue Button.” We are finding that the Zoom platform has much more versatility and Zoom embeds into Canvas, so we suggest not using “Conferences” unless you want to teach yourself (and your students) how to use Big Blue Button.  If you do want to learn this, here’s a helpful video from Kim Johnson. 

This guide from Stanford University provides great resources for how exactly to use Zoom and Canvas together. The vast majority of it is generalizable to our setting. Be sure to review the WashU Zoom Cheat Sheet as well.

Communicating with Students

  • Here is some sample language that you can send to students to alert them to your planning process and what they can expect for the rest of the semester. 
  • Here are some relevant tips you can offer to your students about how to approach this new online learning format.
  • Students have been notified about the pass/fail option for classes. Full details and how-tos for students are located on the Student FAQ page. The pass/fail option deadline has been extended to to April 24th at 11:59 PM.
  • Please alert your students to their ability to download software to their personal computers, including Strata and SPSS, as well as the creation of a virtual computer lab that will allow them to access Goldfarb 330 computers remotely. All information on these resources is located on the Student Remote Learning Resources page

Brown School Faculty Information Sessions

Sessions were held on campus/via zoom Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20. If you need additional help as the semester continues, please contact Lorien Carter ( who will still be available for instructional coaching. Please email her and provide at least 3 day/time options and if you want to meet in person or via Zoom. She can go over: 

  • How to translate the remaining course content and assignments into a meaningful virtual experience 
  • Technology support (e.g., How do I use Zoom in Canvas to host virtual class sessions?)

Note about Practica

Please note, with the new stay-at-home order,  students may continue to contribute at their practicum sites remotely, but not on site. For those sites that cannot offer remote work, we are offering supplemental opportunities. Our field education team and student support services are in direct communication with our students. Detailed information from the Office of Field Education is available on their page

More to Come

This page will be updated in the coming days and weeks with additional online teaching resources as they become available. Thank you for embracing this challenge, and for thinking as flexibly as you can about how to ensure that students finish the semester successfully while we honor university policy related to restrictions on global travel, non-essential domestic travel and events.