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COVID-19: Faculty Information

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

Returning to Campus

There will be many public health protocols in place on campus this fall, which will include health screening, universal masking, physical distancing and hygiene practices. 

  • This guide provides guidelines for returning to and teaching on campus. 
  • This FAQ may answer more questions you have about on-campus protocols. 

Faculty Teaching Resources 

  • Lorien Carter has put together a variety of resources and information in the Brown School Faculty Resources course available in Canvas, accessible with your WUSTL key.
  • If you have not taught using Canvas, or if you need a refresher, the “Welcome to Canvas” course is open in Canvas now. Here’s the link to the Welcome course. This short course, or experience teaching with Canvas (which most of us have), is a pre-requisite to the additional trainings that will focus more on online or hybrid course pedagogy.
  • If you’re familiar with Canvas and ready to dig into online and hybrid course pedagogy, the “Foundations in Digital Pedagogy” course is open in Canvas now. Here’s the link to the course. This is the course that Dean McKay has asked all faculty to complete this summer – it’s a short course and can be completed approximately 3 hours. It is completely asynchronous so you can start it anytime. When you finish all 3 modules, hop on down to the “discussions” and find the Brown School discussion forum. Lorien Carter will be monitoring that forum for your questions and it’s where you can find the “certificate of completion” that we are asking you to fill out and submit with your fall syllabus.
  • Visit Canvas Guides for information on how to use the various virtual features of Canvas. Helpful tips for how to use the various features of Zoom are available on the  WashU Zoom Cheat Sheet.
  • The University has created to help faculty think through this process as they begin to adapt content, including a comprehensive Quick Start Guide.

Communicating with Students

  • Here are some relevant tips you can offer to your students about how to approach this new online learning format.
  • 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

Record lectures in Kaltura on campus

The WUSTL Teaching and Learning Center continues to support faculty who want to record a lecture using Kaltura. This is especially useful if you want to demonstrate a concept using a whiteboard/chalkboard, instead of just sharing your screen with your powerpoint lecture.

Refer to the asynchronous learning resources page for more information. Please feel free to contact Liz Peterson at with any questions regarding recording.

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.