After careful deliberation, we are pleased to report we can finally announce that we plan to re-open campus this fall. But with limitations. Unless we do not. Depending on guidance, which we have not yet received.We've been told that we should prepare to teach online, or in person, or some combination, TBD.
We've also been told that we can opt out of teaching in person. Some universities are apparently requiring doctor's notes (!), but as best I can interpret from the vatic utterances being issued on a regular basis, we don't have to do this.
I'm wondering what will happen to the cohesiveness of departments, though, if some people teach in person and some do not. (Bardiac mentions this in her most recent post.)
- Obviously the most vulnerable will be contingent faculty. How can we protect them from feeling as though they have to be there?
- In terms of logistics, will there be enough classrooms that will permit social distancing--and, if so, how will they be allocated, assuming people are going to teach in person?
- Also, on a practical level, I'm discovering that I'm just not as loud when I talk with a mask on. How's that going to work in a big room with no microphone?
- Will there be a departmental divide between the two groups?
- Will those who teach in person be considered differently (as more present, more engaged, more concerned for students, more productive) than those who teach online?
- Conversely, will those who teach online be seen as protecting students' health?
- Will that difference extend to how instructors are considered by their students? By their colleagues? Both?
- What's going to happen to those little hallway exchanges? Is the group that's able to do that going to bond more effectively than the ones who are teaching from home?