Updated Jan. 7, 2022
This document lists answers to questions commonly encountered by instructors. The answers are dated and we anticipate adding additional questions and their answers in the coming months. Instructors are also strongly encouraged to read through the Instruction FAQ for Students on the Office of the Registrar’s website, which also provides up-to-date information but focuses on the students’ perspective on instructional issues.
Helpful guides and strategies for remote teaching can be found on the Keep Teaching website, along with links to important updates and communications as they become available.
The online resources for Reading & Composition instructors includes a good deal of information of general interest.
For further general ongoing updates on the campus response to the COVID-19 pandemic, see this campus listing of resources and support.
Spring 2022 guidance
- To ensure student access, instructors of courses that have been approved by the dean be to taught in person during the initial two week period (Jan. 18-28, 2022) should provide remote alternatives to attendance (e.g., audio or video recordings of lectures, course materials, quizzes, or assignments) and remote access to course materials to students who have symptoms or are isolating/quarantining. These alternatives should be consistent with the alternatives that instructors typically provide for a student who has a brief illness or personal emergency such as a death in the family.
- If a course (lab, field work, seminar, etc.) is approved to be taught in person during any portion of the initial two-week period (Jan. 18-28, 2022), then instructors are required to message the students in their courses as soon as possible but no later than the second day of the semester (Thursday, Jan. 13) informing the students about the planned instruction modality of their courses. (If a dean or chair has sent such a message then an instructor need not send a duplicative message.) Instructors should also be prepared, as soon as possible, to respond to inquiries from students who will cannot attend class in person because they have symptoms or are isolating/quarantining regarding
- Remote access options for course materials and discussion sessions over the first two weeks of instruction;
- Participation policies (with special attention to students who may be ill or isolating/quarantining).
- Instructors who decide to permit their students to attend their remotely delivered lectures in person or otherwise teach their class in hybrid mode are encouraged to communicate their plans to their students as quickly as possible.
- Instructors who have been assigned to teach in classrooms with course capture facilities are encouraged to use these facilities but only during the assigned class time. Subject to the approval of their dean, the instructor may permit students to attend the lectures as they are being recorded. Instructors using this synchronous hybrid modality should take care not to disadvantage students who cannot attend in-person for whatever reason.
- If an instructor is scheduled to teach in a classroom with course capture, they should have received an email from RTL to sign up. For more information on how to sign up for course capture, please see this video about the sign up process.
- If a course is not in a general assignment classroom with course capture or in a departmental space, instructors are urged to consider using Zoom Cloud for recording. The recording produced with the Zoom->Kaltura integration is very similar to those from Course Capture. Please see the FAQ for the Zoom->Kaltura integrations. You may also see RTL’s webpage on Guidance for Departmental Spaces. It includes options for equipment checkout and further recommendations. Additional resources for remote instructions can be found at https://rtl.berkeley.edu/keep-teaching.
- Instructors can access resources on alternatives to in person attendance as a measure of participation.
- Instructors should be sensitive to logistical challenges students will face during this two-week period if some of their classes are in-person and others are remote; these challenges may include having to arrive late (or leave early) or finding a quiet place in which to attend a class over Zoom.
- Instructors may find resources for accommodations via the Quick Guide for Remote Teaching Requests, Spring 2022.
Permanent changes to courses
Departments that wish to change the instruction mode for a course in time for the spring 2022 semester must submit a course revision through COCI. Details about changes to existing courses can be found in the COCI handbook, and departments bear in mind the following deadlines:
- Departments should submit course modifications to COCI by Oct. 22, 2021 to ensure appropriate time for feedback as part of the approval process. The final date to submit a course modification to COCI for spring 2022 is Nov. 5, 2021.
- For departments looking to create new courses for spring 2022, we recommend submitting proposals by Nov. 5. The final date to submit proposals for COCI review is Dec. 3. There is a preference to submit your proposal as early as possible.
- Department chairs do not have the authority to approve a change to online instruction for pedagogical reasons. Instructors and Chairs should work through COCI for such approvals.
Some departments are attempting to meet increased student demand by adding capacity in discussion sections, beyond physical room capacity available. In these cases, it is necessary to have an approved online discussion section approved by COCI. Departments that have previously experienced capacity limitations that could be alleviated by adding online discussion sections are encouraged to submit documentation to COCI as soon as possible; the final date to submit any course modifications for spring 2022 is Nov. 5, 2021.
In general, changing the mode of instruction for a section with students enrolled is not recommended. If a change must be made to a section with students enrolled, it will require department schedulers/enrollment managers to take significant steps in Campus Solutions. Instructors and/or department schedulers should contact enrolled students as promptly as possible, with details on other available sections, if necessary.
- 1/7/2022: Spring 2022 instruction update
- 1/3/2022: An update on UC Berkeley’s plans for the spring semester
- 10/4/21, Spring 2022 instruction: Course technology and instruction mode
- 10/2/21, Spring 2022 plans for Instruction