At the University at Buffalo, SUNY we were told yesterday that we will go to online teaching at the end of our 1-week Spring Break (March 23) for the rest of the semester. Our Center for Educational Innovation is creating multiple last minute sessions to train faculty to use Panopto (screen capture and video creation) and WebEx starting today and throughout the break week. We use Blackboard so we will be integrating Panopto videos within Blackboard. Our problem has been that our language TAs and adjuncts are not considered "faculty" so they did not have permission to use Panopto. After a week of trying, we finally got notification that our CIO has to approve our request to have our FL instructors get access to Panopto and try to get training during their Spring Break.
The other issue for us right now is how to push assessments. Our university uses Respondus 4.0 in conjunction with Blackboard but it only works on PCs. Most of our instructors, myself included, have Macs.
All the language chairs and some language coordinators from across campus met this afternoon to work together through this new situation and the question had been posted as to what other coordinators in similar situations are doing. I would love to hear more.
I oversee French, Spanish and Italian with a total of 31 TAs and adjuncts, some of whom are excellent, others good with technology and then the ones who cannot be near the word. We also have 2 instructors of Native American languages who live in tribal reservations with minimal to non-existent internet access. What are others doing?