Faculty Training for Online Tools

The Teaching and Learning Commons is partnering with ITS and Libraries to provide several “open lab” and webinar sessions to help instructors use online tools. These events are being finalized and will be listed on the Teaching and Learning Commons website.   

HSC ITS has created a similar web site for HSC faculty. Both of these sites are cross-referenced to ensure instructors receive the most appropriate support given their situation.

The Chronicle of Higher Education has compiled a collection of articles on how to make online teaching more sensitive to student concerns, spot potential mental-health issues, and pivot and adapt quickly and efficiently.

Teleconference / Online Class Safety Tips

The FBI has shared a warning about teleconferencing and online classroom highjacking threats.

When sending Zoom Meeting invitations to students, please continue to send Zoom MeetingID to students/faculty via email or post the MeetingID within SOLE (Login required) to help prevent unauthorized individuals from entering your online classroom or teleconference. Never post Zoom meeting information to a public website or social media site and/or utilize meeting passwords, waiting room features to control admittance of guests.

When sharing Zoom links for upcoming departmental meetings/conferences, please send privately to guests via email or calendar invite only.

Please contact the HSC Help Desk at hsc_helpdesk@hsc.wvu.edu if you have any questions.

Filelocker guidance

At WVU, the intended use of FileLocker is for uploading files containing sensitive data. FileLocker is not intended for large and mass document uploads. In fact, the University’s servers cannot handle this type of traffic and will crash. As a result, faculty, staff and students are asked to avoid using FileLocker except for the transmission of sensitive data.

Faculty who want to deliver course content and other large files to students should instead use Google Drive as connected with their university-issued MIX account for delivering or receiving content, or other current instructional tools as they shift to online teaching. Students also have access to Google services. Staff should use OneDrive and Teams for sharing large files with coworkers. 

Shifting all teaching and learning to online environments will stress WVU systems and services in unanticipated ways, and Information Technology Services appreciates your understanding as we work toward solutions. Direct questions to the ITS Service Desk at 304-293-4444.

Teaching Out Classes/Returning to the Classroom

At which time the University determines it is safe for students to return to campus, classes will transition back to face-to-face instruction. 

WVU Libraries

All campus libraries will be closed effective 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 19.

WVU Libraries continue to offer access to online journals and books. Services such as Interlibrary Loan and Ask-a-Librarian will also continue. Refer to the updates on the WVU Libraries web site.

Additional information can be found online.

Wellness Resources

  • WVU Medicine Wellness Classes — A variety of free online wellness classes, including meditation, yoga, pilates and more. All WVU and WVU Medicine faculty and staff are welcome to participate.