COVID-19 FAQ

Remote Learning:

This will vary class to class. Some classes may require you to virtually “be in class” during the scheduled class period (synchronous delivery); some may put everything online so you can work through it at your own pace (asynchronous delivery).

Your instructor will communicate with you on how the structure of the class will go. If your class is fully asynchronous, on the class schedule, rather than having a day and time listed for the course, it notes that the class meets all week (mtwrfsu) and the location is "00 WEB."

Canvas is set up to allow groups of students to work together—usually using the discussion board option. It’s possible you’ll even find group work easier when you don’t all have to meet in the same room. Some instructions may also be using the "breakout rooms" function in Zoom to facilitate smaller group discussions.

All professors will have contact through Canvas messaging and chat. Some may also set up virtual office hours using something like Zoom videoconferencing software. Be sure and provide professors with feedback on what’s working well and what isn’t so that we can all learn and adjust as we go.

No. The amount of work will not increase. We’re all working to ensure you get the basic course concepts, but we also understand that this is a new learning process for the majority of us which will take up some of everyone’s time. Keeping lines of communication open with your professors and GEs will be especially helpful during this time.

If it is a "J" course, send an email to Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs Pat Curtin (pcurtin@uoregon.edu) and/or to an advisor in the SOJC student services office.

See below for some detailed advise from Prof. Amanda Cote. Realize you’ll need to stick to a routine, keep on a schedule, and practice a bit more self-discipline than a face-to-face class might require of you. Some of you will find it actually suits your own learning style much better! Again, more suggestions are below.

Allen Hall, as with most campus buildings, is locked and access is by prox card. All four entrances have the prox card reader box. All students (new and returning) are automatically granted prox access as long as they are registered for at least one “J” credit this spring.

Hold your student ID card up to the black prox card reader box. It should beep and the red light will turn to green, indicating the door has been unlocked. Make sure the door fully closes behind you. Do not prop the doors open; an alarm will sound.

As with any time you leave your house/apartment/residence hall, please follow physical distancing guidelines, wash your hands often, refrain from touching your face and wear a non-surgical mask, if you have one. 

Yes! See below for services available to you.

Writing Central, http://writingcentral.uoregon.edu 
Writing Central coaches are available starting Week 3 of spring term through virtual coaching sessions. Get help with everything from fleshing out story ideas to crafting stronger sentences and improving your grammar/AP style. Coaches also help with resumes and cover letters, personal statements and scholarship applications. To make an appointment for a virtual coaching session, visit writingcentral.uoregon.edu.

Tutoring and Academic Engagement Center, https://engage.uoregon.edu/remote-tutoring-support/

  • Students can schedule remote appointments with Learning Specialists to discuss strategies related to course progression, test preparation, remote learning, and more! Appointments should be scheduled through Navigate and can take place over the phone or via video.
  • Students can connect with TAEC Staff and our Information Desk Staff M-F 9am-5pm using our Teams Chat link, emailing engage@uoregon.edu, or by calling 541-346-3226 with any questions.
  • All variety of tutorial support begins Monday of week 2.  This support includes: drop-in math lab, drop-in writing lab, asynchronous online writing support, small group tutoring, individual tutoring, and Class Encore (SI).
    • Synchronous writing support will utilize Microsoft Teams
    • Asynchronous writing support will use the Online Writing Lab (O.W.L.)
    • Synchronous math support will utilize Zoom
  • Class Encore is offering remote support via Zoom for: ACTG 211, BI 212, BI 214, CH 222, CH 223, CIS 211, MA 241, and MA 243.  Registration opens Friday week 1 (4/3/20) at 6 am PST, students should register at: https://classencore.uoregon.edu
  • Math 101 will have dedicated support via Class Encore Learning Assistants.  Support will be coordinated directly with faculty and students enrolled in the course will receive direct communication about how to access the support.  An updated schedule will be posted to https://classencore.uoregon.edu/math-101 at the beginning of week 2.

 

Technology Resources:

A few things can help—make sure the bandwidth in your home isn’t being taken up with other uses while you’re trying to be “in class.” Cut out streaming of music, movies, etc. to improve bandwidth. Set up a work space in a quiet area of your home to improve your ability to hear and to follow.

If you are in Eugene, Allen Hall has two labs open on the third floor. Please abide by physical distancing guidelines, wash your hands often, refrain from touching your face and wear a non-surgical mask, if you have one.

See the "Going Remote" site for some additional options for low-cost or free internet options.

Virtual Training with Adobe Media Applications- Michael Rea is available to provide virtual production training to students through his Twitch account. If you have questions about editing, Premiere, and After Effects, email Michael at mrea@uoregon.edu to arrange a time to meet. 

Software Training- We are here to help you use university-supported remote learning programs including Zoom, Panopto, Conferences, MS Teams, and Dropbox. If you have questions, please email any one of our staff:

On the Going Remote website, at the lower-right corner, find the “Get Help” section. There is a link that will connect you with the Technology Service Desk.

Equipment Checkout and Studios in Allen Hall are currently closed to SOJC students. We are working to develop protocols for using Studio spaces and Equipment Checkout safely. We will send an update to all SOJC students, staff and faculty as soon as we can reopen these important services. Please let your instructor know if you have technical challenges due to lack of access to production equipment or computing hardware or software. We will work with you instructor to find solutions to these kinds of issues on a case-by-case basis.

Adobe Creative Cloud is a collection of applications from Adobe that includes Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere, Acrobat, and more. Students have free access to this until May 31, 2020.

See these instructions on how to download this.

Advising Resources:

See https://sojcstudent.uoregon.edu/undergraduate/ for how to get connected with an advisor. We are available through "drop-in" meetings and pre-scheduled appointments.

Just have a quick question? Connect with us via email or during one of our drop-in meeting times (see the website above). Note that all the times posted are for the Pacific Time Zone. Drop-in meetings are usually 10-15 conversations.

Want to schedule a grad plan appointment or have more to talk about than a 10-15 conversation will cover? Use the Navigate app to schedule a 30-minute appointment. See the website above for instructions on how to do that.

Can't get the live chat function on Microsoft Teams or the appointment function on the Navigate app to work? Or not sure if what you need is a drop-in meeting or a half-hour appointment? Call us: (541) 346-2884. We'll figure it out together. If we miss your call, leave us a voice mail with your name, phone number and student ID number.

(Note: When any of our advisors call you, we will appear on your phone's caller ID as "Unknown Caller.")

WINTER 2020
See https://registrar.uoregon.edu/2020-temporary-changes for the full policy change.

 
Until April 24, you may opt to change a course from graded to pass/no pass. Here are the rules:
  • This action is optional. No grading option will be changed without your request.
  • You may only do it for courses that were listed as “Graded for Majors, Optional for other students” on the class schedule.
    • There are only a handful of “J” courses listed like this.
  • You may not do it for courses that were listed as “Graded for All Students.”
    • Most “J” courses are like this.
  • You must have earned at least a C- to get a "pass." If you earned a D+, D or D-, the grade would be a “no pass.”
    • If you change your D+/D/D- grade to a “no pass,” the credits will be deducted.
  • If you do it for a “J” course and that course is required for your major, you will need to take the course again in the future.
  • These credits count toward the 12 optional pass/no pass credits you normally have.
  • See website above for a link to the form to request this.
SPRING 2020
See https://registrar.uoregon.edu/2020-temporary-changes for the full policy change.

Until July 16, you may opt to change a course from graded to pass/no pass. Here are the rules:
  • This is optional. No grading option will be changed without your request.
  • You may do this for all courses, regardless of how they are listed on the class schedule.
  • You may do this for major and minor courses, although you are highly encouraged to take these courses graded.
    • This recommendation is particularly strong for any major/minor course that is a prerequisite for other major/minor courses. 
    • If you do plan on pursuing this option for a “J” course, please consult your SOJC advisor first, so we can fully explain the repercussions of this decision. Doing this may require additional registration steps in the future.
  • You must earn at least a C- in the course to get a “pass.” Anything lower is a “no pass.”
  • These credits do not count toward the 12 optional pass/no pass credits you can take.
  • Note that July 16 is after spring term has ended. A good strategy would be to see how your final grades turn out and then decide if this is a good option for you.

The University Counseling Center will offer videoconferencing health services for students in Oregon and California. Students can still access in-person drop-in and other mental health services in the University Health, Counseling, and Testing Center building. Students with questions about options for mental health support should call the Counseling Center at 541-346-3227. The same phone number also functions as an after-hours crisis and support line for all UO students regardless of location. Visit the University Counseling Center website for more information.

 

Best practices when working from home (with thanks to Prof. Amanda Cote):

  • Keep a schedule; try to wake up at the same time every day and go to bed at the same time. Set your coffee maker before you go to bed to help you get up, set up an accountability system with a friend, do whatever works for you to keep yourself on a schedule.
  • Write to-do lists! Put everything on there, including dishes, showering, checking in with a friend, calling your parents, etc. Not only will these help provide more structure, but checking things off the list as you do them can give you a nice sense of accomplishment.
  • Set up a work space; make sure it’s different from your relaxing space. Even if it’s just working on one end of the couch and relaxing on the other, having a set space for work can make it easier to stay on task and avoid distraction; it can also signal when you’re working to those around you, so they stay out of your way until you’re done.
  • Shower. Change your clothes. Get up and stretch in between tasks. These all seem basic, but it can be easy to let them lapse when you’re not going anywhere. They’re key parts of feeling like a human, so do them anyway! Maybe even write them on your to-do list.
  • Practice good study habits. I’m a huge fan of the pomodoro technique, but find an approach that works for you and stick with it. For instance, one of my friends really likes the Forest App. And again, enlisting friends as an accountability measure can be a huge help.
  • Socialize. Working at home can be lonely and isolating, so time with others is essential. Even if it’s a phone call or a video chat, or gaming with friends online, some form of human content is necessary. Schedule it in! [But don’t forget social distancing!]
  • Exercise. Again, part of feeling like a human is moving like a human. I like the app Down Dog, which recently announced that it would be completely free until April 1st, to help people keep exercising while at home. Going for a walk or run outside is also a great way to get exercise, vitamin D, and avoid people. Choose a form of movement you like and work it into your schedule.