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 .

Meeting schedules

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 self-screen prior to coming to campus. Visit the website for days and times.

Have a safe and healthy weekend.


The COVID-19 Re-Entry and Resiliency Implementation Team