University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Faculty FAQ

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT VARUOUS REMOTE/DISTANCE TECHNOLOGIES?

IT Resources for Remote Learning

The Provost’s Office and the University Center for Teaching and Learning have developed and posted useful information about maintaining instructional continuity from a distance on this web site: https://teaching.pitt.edu/instructional-continuity/. You are encouraged to review the Center for Teaching and Learning’s website, especially the section on “instructional continuity,” in advance of the workshops next week. The website includes information on redesigning assignments, recording lectures, using conference tools such as Zoom, and more. It is being updated on a daily basis as new information comes in.    

AM I ABLE TO GET CONNECTED FROM HOME TO WORK WITH THE REMOTE TECHNOLOGIES? 
Pitt’s Information Technology team has provided useful information to help with the technology needed to get connected from home:  https://www.technology.pitt.edu/remoteworkresources. Additional information concerning local IT access and other issues will be addressed by the Pitt Johnstown IT Department. 

2)  The Teaching Online @ Pitt (TOP) course is now available to all faculty. This is a self-paced, à la carte online course and instructors are free to explore what modules and topics are most relevant to their needs. These resources are designed to help instructors expand their pedagogical understanding of the practices that make for successful online teaching and learning. You can enroll in the Teaching Online @ Pitt course today.
Please continue to visit the Teaching Center webpage for updated information on instructional continuity.

SINCE STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ON CAMPUS, HOW WILL WE ENSURE APPROPRIATE ADVISING IS AVAILABLE TO THEM? 

Even though students will not be on campus and will therefore be unable to access you in the office, students will still need timely and expert advising. You will need to inform your advisees of your “digital office hours” or other arrangement so they are able to communicate with you between now and the end of semester.   

WAS THE END-OF-SEMESTER DATE CHANGED? 
There has been no change in the end date of the semester. You will need to adjust your course content to the fit the remainder of the semester as currently scheduled.  

WHAT ABOUT FINALS WEEK? 
More information about finals week will be available next week, as discussions continue within divisions. It may be possible to continue with the finals schedule, particularly if you are considering “real-time” testing. The most important aspect to consider, however, is the security of any alternate testing method. While CourseWeb does include some security features, you are strongly encouraged to give thoughtful consideration to the selected testing procedure, in order that the integrity of our exams is not compromised.  
HOW DO I GET CAMPUS MAIL?

Post Office Hours:            Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

US Mail: Will be re ceived and processed once per week, on Thursday mornings.  Mail for offices will be sorted and placed in mailboxes in the Student Union.  The Student Union building is open and can be accessed during business hours by essential personnel.  If your office has not yet received a mail box key, please request one through the PJIT Support Desk Ticket System.  Please keep in mind that this service is being maintained for essential business continuity.  Outgoing mail will also be processed on Thursday afternoon, by 3:30 p.m.  Offices that need bulk mailing support should submit a request through the PJIT Support Desk Ticket System, http://www4.upj.pitt.edu/PJIThelp/.

Interoffice Mail: Interoffice mail is discontinued.  Offices must utilized electronic document routing and sharing.  Please consider using DocuSign to route documents for signatures.

Packages: Central Receiving is continuing to operate.  Upon receiving a package, departments will be notified by email and asked whether the delivery can be made to a campus office for use when normal operations resume.  If you need the delivery as part of your remote work arrangement, email both Gee Ressler gar21@pitt.edu and Jackie Ivock ivock@pitt.edu to schedule a pick-up time.  In order to promote social distancing, we will deliver the package curbside  to your vehicle.  Please note the scheduled package pick-up email will serve as your receipt of confirmation.