COVID-19

Weber State University Moving to Online Education Effective March 18

Weber State University, at the request of Gov. Herbert, is joining public institutions of higher education in Utah to take steps to help slow the spread of the coronavirus and help protect the health and safety of our community.

Message from Dean David Ferro

The college of Engineering, Applied Science & Technology is taking the same approach that Weber State University and all the public universities in Utah are taking in putting classes online for the remainder of the semester starting Wednesday, March 18. Students should be contacted by their professors on how the remainder of the semester should proceed. Check your syllabus, Canvas and email.  Anyone interested in the latest on the university's response should visit https://weber.edu/coronavirus

Any student who feels they don't have the technical infrastructure that going online requires should contact their professor directly.  I want to point out that one potential relief is in the latest Comcast announcement that they will offer free access for at least 60 days.  See more here: https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19.  In addition, the library is looking into loaning laptops and hotspots for those in critical need.

Putting the remainder of the semester will take some patience and understanding on the part of students, faculty, and staff.  We have never gone 100% online before - and so suddenly.  Fortunately, everything I've heard so far gives me great hope that we can all work together to slow the spread of this virus and save lives.  Meanwhile we will endeavor to still provide the kind of educational experience for which WSU is famous - small classes and substantive interaction with faculty and staff.  

 

- Best wishes on the rest of your semester,
  Dean David Ferro


Student Resources

While classes will move online for the remainder of the semester, resources such as residence halls and dining services will remain open. Additional details about which student services will remain open can be found on the Student Affairs website.

Specific questions about how classes will proceed from this point forward should be directed to class instructors. 

Testing Centers:  In order to follow the new federal guidelines, all testing centers will close at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17. Our testing centers website will have the latest information. These facilities will continue to use social-distancing guidelines and follow rigid cleaning protocols while open on Tuesday. 

Computer Labs: All remaining computer labs and testing centers will close at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17. These facilities will continue to use social-distancing guidelines and follow rigid cleaning protocols while open on Tuesday. 

Labs for Courses: All Weber State University courses, including those with labs, will move online beginning Wednesday, March 18. Please watch for information from your professor for details about what is required to successfully complete the semester. 

Residence Halls & Dining Services: Residence Halls and dining services will remain open for students living on campus. If you’re experiencing anxiety or stress, please feel free to utilize resources at weber.edu/counselingcenter.

Graduation: A decision about commencement and convocations is expected from the Utah System of Higher Education on Wednesday, March 18. We will provide updates as quickly as possible.

Student Health Center: The Weber State Student Health Center will be closing its doors effective Wednesday, March 18. Appointments will be available on a case-by-case basis. Please call the Student Health Center and leave a voicemail. Staff will return your call to discuss appropriate arrangements.  

Counseling and Psychological Services Center: The Counseling and Psychological Services Center is committed to providing mental health resources for the Weber State community and supporting students during this uncertain time.  If you are a current client or student seeking mental health care, please access updates here.

Advising and Tutoring: Advising and tutoring services will be offered online for the rest of spring semester 2020. Please check our tutoring website or contact your advisor for more information. 

Please see our FAQ page for further information or email covid19@weber.edu with questions.


Faculty Resources

Rapid Online Course Development

This is the established location for how to build online courses as well as the latest on what is happening with our online course management system.

VPN Installation

Virtual Private Network (VPN) can be used by faculty and staff to connect to Weber State's secure network from off campus. To connect, you will need to have a VPN desktop client installed on the computer you plan to use while off campus.

Online Meetings

Learn how to use Zoom and Google Hangouts for online meetings, student appointments, and meetings with students online.

Screen Capture Software

Learn how to capture your screen for teaching online

Save your work from Home

Learn how to save your work from home

Working from Home Agreement

Individuals at higher risk for COVID-19 should be aware of extra precautions they may need to take. This may include working from home. Before moving to a remote-work situation, employees should coordinate their work with their supervisor. If an employee’s responsibilities cannot be completed at home, please contact Human Resources at ext. 6032 or email Jessica Oyler, joyler@weber.edu or Holly Hirst, hhirst@weber.edu.

If employees are working from home, we ask that the temporary work from home agreement is completed. Please send a copy to Jessica Oyler at joyler@weber.edu.

Online Coaches for Faculty

Farner, Jeremy 

Faculty Coach

jfarner@weber.edu

Fry, Richard 

Faculty Coach

rfry@weber.edu

Hepler, AJ 

Faculty Coach

ajhepler@weber.edu

Lewis, Cameron

Faculty Coach

cameronlewis@weber.edu

Valle, Hugo

Faculty Coach

hugovalle1@weber.edu

Diana Meiser Faculty Coach dmeiser@weber.edu

Feuz, Kyle 

Coach Chair

kylefeuz@weber.edu

Hadzik, Scott 

Coach Chair

scotthadzik@weber.edu

Murphy, Kim 

Coach Chair

kmurphy@weber.edu

Feel like you have a great idea you want to share or take advantage of other faculty's approaches? 

Faculty have begun sharing ideas in online instruction on the rapid online strategies page.