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July 31, 2020: Folio Groups

Dear Faculty,

As the fall semester draws near, we continue our preparations for the reopening of the university. Obviously, this year will not be business as usual. Our plan remains to open the fall semester with in-person classes that will be adjusted to meet social distancing guidelines.

We recently shared with you our plan to use Folio’s Groups function to create subsections for all sub-sectioned courses. We also shared this plan with students. I want to thank you for your flexibility and for the time and effort you put into creating subsections for your classes. I’m excited about all the great ideas you came up with for subsections, and I really appreciate your dedication to our students’ success in this new environment.

The next step will be for you to reach out to your students. They are expecting to hear from you at the beginning of August about the following:

·        A course and instructor introduction

·        A description of how Groups will work in your course (if applicable) 

·        Directions on where to go for Groups and meeting days

·        When those Groups will be set up and available

·        Specific information on field placements/clinicals, etc… (if applicable)

I know I’m repeating myself, but it bears mentioning again. Please activate your Folio account as soon as possible. Students will need access to the Folio site in order to see which attendance pattern they will follow for the first week. We highly recommend that your Folio site be active (with at least your course policies posted and Groups built) by August 6th.

My office is working on providing you with more information to help you navigate the reopening. In the coming weeks, please be on the lookout for messages on:

·        Technology training and reference material

·        Folio quick guides

·        Preferred materials to clean areas (by users)

·        Appropriate use of facilitators

·        Workflow information for students reporting illnesses (language for “what to do if you’re sick”)

·        Loading and unloading class

Thank you,

Carl L. Reiber

Provost & Vice President Academic Affairs

Last updated: 8/18/2021