Faculty, instructors advised on changes to online course preparations
University Communication to Faculty and Staff
Distributed: September 25, 2020
Posted: September 25, 2020
Dear Faculty and Staff,
As this week comes to a close, we share with you several brief updates:
Online training deadline
Today is the deadline for all faculty and staff to
complete the mandatory COVID-19 re-entry training videos
and sign the corresponding agreement located in the “Videos & Resources”
section of our website. If you have not yet completed this brief, yet
important, training, please plan to do so today.
Important information for faculty/instructors
The Center for Digital Learning and Innovation (CDLI) has made several changes
to its systems and procedures that instructors need to know for their online
courses. In order to better secure our students' video assignments, a new,
simple workflow for Panopto assignment folders is required. Please see the
attached documents for instructions on this new workflow.
Faculty are asked to visit CelticOnline’s Teaching and Learning Group for
complete, detailed information about these changes.
Trainings and support will be offered in the future to assist with this
change. Please email CDLI at
We have received feedback from across the University that many faculty and
staff are engaged in daily, back-to-back meetings without a break between
them. We encourage you to occasionally consider scheduling your meetings in an
alternative way. For example, a meeting that typically runs from 1-2 p.m.
could be scheduled from 1:10-2 p.m. Or a meeting that typically runs from 1-2
p.m. could be scheduled from 1-1:50 p.m.
Mitigating COVID-19 spread
Dr. Debra Bogen, director of the Allegheny County Health Department, announced
yesterday that case counts remain relatively low in Allegheny County and are
lower than those around the country. She emphasized the positive impact of
mask wearing, social distancing, and hand washing in mitigating the spread.
State-mandatory telework continues
All faculty and staff who are working remotely will continue to do so until
October 31. As previously shared, employees currently working remotely will
receive at least two-weeks’ notice of any return to work schedules.
Screening days and times
More than 12,000 individuals have been screened since the beginning of the
fall semester. As a reminder, all faculty and staff are asked to
prior to coming to campus. Visit the
for days and times.
Have a safe and healthy weekend.
The COVID-19 Re-Entry and Resiliency Implementation Team