Tiffin University will provide work-at-home flexibility to employees who are at high-risk (i.e., chronically ill or immuno-compromised prior to this outbreak). If a supervisor allows remote work, that is at the discretion of each Dean and/or VP ONLY. If we have more risk within our population, we will reassess. All employees and their supervisors will need to work closely with HR and keep us informed as to each absence and provide status updates.
We ask all employees to cooperate in taking steps to reduce the transmission of communicable diseases in the workplace. Employees are reminded of the following:
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your mouth with tissues whenever you sneeze, and discard used tissues in the trash.
- Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces.
- Our facilities department will work with each department to assist with providing alcohol-based hand sanitizers throughout the workplace and in common areas. Cleaning sprays and wipes will also be provided to clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as telephones and keyboards.
Employees are encouraged to use telephone and video conferencing instead of face-to-face meetings as much as possible during this time. We encourage employees to postpone all non-essential campus meetings that may or may not include external guests, vendors and business partners. ITS support services are available to employees who need assistance with setting up remote meetings, interviews and any additional technology resources to aid in safe continuation of daily operations.
It is critical that employees do not report to work while they are experiencing respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills or fatigue. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that employees remain at home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100 degrees F or 37.8 degrees C) or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. Many times, with the best of intentions, employees report to work even though they feel ill. We provide paid sick time and other benefits to compensate employees who are unable to work due to illness. Employees who report to work ill will be sent home in accordance with these health guidelines.
Guidance for ESL Professors
- We will be conducting real time ESL courses during the regularly scheduled class time. Students and professors will log in at their usual start time.
- Method of instruction: Students and professors will then engage in facetime instruction using Collaborate. (15-30 minutes) After the instructor meets with the whole class for initial instruction, they will meet one on one or level by level with each individual/grouping of students using Collaborate to check their comprehension. Alternatively, the class can remain live through the whole class session if that is the professor’s choice.
- Communications with students: All class announcements should be given through the Moodle for documentation purposes.
- Attendance: Students must participate online at the designated class time to receive attendance credit.
- Discussion Boards: Each day of class session should have its own Q & A section where students can ask questions concerning assignments and materials. Personal concerns should be submitted via private email.
- Presentations: Students will complete any speaking tasks through Collaborate.
- Homework: All homework will be typed and submitted on Moodle in the designated location.
- Essays and Written assignments: Should be submitted in Moodle in the designated location.
- All assignments and due dates are to be posted and explained during the live class sessions.
Science Lab Online Teaching and Learning Plan
- Based on the lab curriculum content, professors will work with students in the digital environment.
- Some professors will lecture during the lab time with Collaborate, or Discussion Forums and complete lab procedures during the lecture period when face to face lab classes can be held.
- Some professors are assigning Research Projects which can be done outside of a lab classroom. Students will research the scientific literature through DragonQuest on the library home page to identify a journal article that involves the curriculum content in the lab. This can be completed in the following types of labs.
- Forensic science
- Some professors will have students complete alternate lab procedures, and have students record the experiment, results, discussion, and conclusions in their laboratory notebook. The students can upload to Moodle classroom the video or picture record of the experiment.
- Simulated Laboratories:
- Vernier Software and Technology (https://www.vernier.com/) has digital labs that we use in many of our science classes. They also come with teacher notes that include sample data.
- Give students a laboratory experiment handout through Moodle and have them hand-write the materials, safety, and procedure in their notebooks.
- Give students sample data.
- Have students analyze/organize data, graph data, show calculations, answer lab questions, and write conclusions in their laboratory notebook.
- Turn in a digital picture of the pages in their laboratory notebook in the digital dropbox in Moodle.