COVID-19 Information for Faculty and Staff

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Campus remains closed to the public for the Winter 2021 term. Work for most employees will continue remotely to minimize the number of people on our campuses to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Learn more about returning to campus.

The Faculty of Nursing cares deeply about the safety of our students and instructors. Considerable efforts have been undertaken this term towards ensuring the health and safety of our communities. However, the landscape of the pandemic has been changing quickly resulting in policy changes from the Ministry of Health and AHS. 

In alignment with public health directives, the President of the University of Alberta has made the decision to postpone the first date of Winter term classes for one week. Please note that the start for Winter Term has been delayed from January 4 until January 11, 2021.

For more information, please visit the University of Alberta's COVID-19 website for faculty and staff. 


General Information

How do I access ECHA Facilities?
Currently, work for most employees must continue remotely to minimize the number of people on our campuses to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
 
The only exceptions are:
  • approved essential services on campuses
  • approved research activities that cannot be conducted remotely
  • approved in-person teaching exceptions
  • approved limited work exceptions on campus (e.g., access to equipment or inadequate workspace at home)

For everyone entering ECHA spaces:

  1. If you are approved to return to your on-campus research activities, then you are reminded that only those activities that cannot be done remotely are permitted on-campus. You are also reminded that logs must be maintained of all visits as per your approved Resumption of Research Plan.
  2. If you need to “pop in” to your office to pick up some materials or perform tasks that simply cannot be performed from home, then you must register your visit using this Information gathered on this form may be used for contact tracing.
  3. If you are considered “essential” (e.g. IT), please continue to follow your scheduling and access protocols as established.
For everyone entering ECHA spaces:
  • If you are not feeling well or are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, do not visit campus for any reason.
  • Ensure face coverings (non-medical or cloth masks, bandanas, scarves etc.) are worn at all times when in common spaces (hallways, stairwells, washrooms, etc.)
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Maintain physical distancing of at least 2 m (6 ft) at all times.
  • The maximum number of people in an elevator is two, at any time.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water (preferable) or hand sanitizer with a 70% alcohol content.
  • Do not remove taping or restore furnishings to any room or facility that has been closed, including washrooms.

Returning to Campus Mandatory e-training:

A 10-minute online program will help you understand the hazards and risks, and what you can do to protect yourself, your colleagues, and family from COVID-19. All returning employees are required to complete this e-course. Login to take the course »

What is required for researchers to get approval to resume research on Campus?
Only approved research can be conducted on campus. All research that can be
undertaken off-campus should continue off-campus. Learn more about the approval process, click here. 
How do I access the UAlberta Check-In Tool?
The check-in tool is available for use by all faculties and units. See the FAQs attached to the tool itself, as well as the briefing document.
What is the In-person Instructor bulletin?

The bulletin is for instructors and staff engaged in in-person teaching this fall. As we prepare to start the Fall term in these extraordinary times, the Fall Planning Oversight Committee and subcommittees want to remind you of vital information you will need for a successful term of in-person teaching. All of this information is available on-line; the purpose of this quick resource is to highlight critical information in one place. If you have any questions about this document — or anything else about in-person instruction this fall — please contact phrtinfo@ualberta.ca

Click here to review the bulletin. 

How do I contact the U of A Unified Communications Centre?
Please contact the U of A Unified Communications Centre (780-492-5555) if you receive information from a student or staff member that they are self-isolating. Please note: additional messaging regarding this procedure is forthcoming and we will update this as we learn more. 

Remote Learning Resources

Remote learning is a challenge. 

Luckily, the University of Alberta, and the Faculty of Nursing, in particular, are equipped with exceptional resources to support your preparation, implementation, and assessment of remote learning, including both information and direct support.

Academic Preparation
  • The Centre for Teaching and Learning has aggregated materials and resources to support your academic needs. These resources include information on engagement and motivation. They have also included a rubric for course design.

  • The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education has also aggregated external resources to support pedagogical development.

  • The University has addressed building a supportive academic environment through podcasts, videos, and interviews.

Technology
  • Information Services & Technology has aggregated information about using technology for remote learning, including Zoom and Google Meet. 

  • eCLASS has also aggregated information specific to online lectures, including lecture recordings, including Zoom and Google Meet.   

  • The Faculty has also created a technology drive that can be accessed with tip sheets on all major areas of remote learning technology.

  • This Live and Learn resource can help you develop your class code of "online conduct" with information about "netiquette."

Exams, Assessments, and Academic Integrity
  • The Faculty of Nursing Undergraduate Office has prepared a memo on preparing for exams, assessments and academic integrity (attached to this email).

  • The CTL has also put together a podcast on oral examinations and minimizing cheating/ ensuring academic integrity and has developed a section of their site-specific to academic integrity

  • A Quad Blog by R. Graves and E. Watson discusses academic integrity in an online environment.

  • A shared document by E. Watson also discusses alternatives to traditional exams.

UAlberta COVID-19-specific directives
The University of Alberta has prepared specific information related to COVID-19, including an overview of the three major options for moving to remote learning (live classes, pre-recorded lectures, and non-video lectures). 
Faculty of Nursing-specific support
  • The Faculty has created a technology sub-committee with Diane Kunyk, Tracey Stephen, and Janet Lam to prepare fall teaching under University protocol. They will be holding sessions in early August and can create tailored sessions for instructors who need support in specific areas.

  • As referenced above, the Faculty has also created a technology drive that can be accessed with tip sheets on all major areas of remote learning technology.

  • The former Teaching and Learning Office has also prepared an internal site available on eCLASS with information about Google suite, learning tools, and teaching strategies.