KU Chemistry COVID-19 Resources
The purpose of this page is to give all KU Chemistry faculty, staff and students a resource page for information related to the COVID-19 outbreak. We hope to relay online teaching methods and support, updated policies, and any other relevant information in response to the novel coronavirus. Please keep this page bookedmarked (chem.ku.edu/covid) for easy access, and continue to check back often as updates will be made daily. If you have any information to add, please email Liz Coleman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- May 15: Chemistry announces its class of 2020 BA, BS and PhD Degrees, and Awards and Scholarship winners for 2020.
- May 13: Chemistry partners with School of Pharmacy on hand sanitizer production and distribution.
- May 8: Chemistry provides guidelines for resumption of research in labs. Guidelines will be updated as needed.
- May 6: Provost Office provides new protocols related to working on campus:
- April 10: Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Chemistry Department's PPE drive! Please click here for a news article and photos.
- March 23: New procedures for KU Chemistry include the main office is now closed and the ISB Stockroom will close Tuesday, March 24.
- March 20:
GRADUATE STUDENT RESOURCES
- Oral Comprehensive Exams - update from Prof. Tim Jackson on March 18, 2020
- Zoom Guide for Final Defenses
- GTAs: At this point, GTAs are considered essential paid staff and should be working with their Instructors to prepare for the on-line classes. The instructors should be providing guidance, but lecture GTAs should be preparing to transition their normal duties to an on-line format. Laboratory GTAs should be working closely with support staff and Instructors to help get the laboratories ready for the new format.
- GRAs: We are relying on PIs to set a reasonable approach for maintaining essential duties in the research labs and communicating these to the GRAs. The University is strongly encouraging those that can work from home to do so. Obviously, GRAs are expected to follow the same guidelines governing self-quarantining associated with travel and sickness. If anyone is uncomfortable with the on-site expectations of their PI or is unclear about their responsibilities or rights during this time, please send a note to Liz Coleman (email@example.com). She will make sure it gets forwarded to the appropriate parties to help.
KU RESOURCES FOR CORONAVIRUS
- Update on Technology at KU for Staff, Faculty and Students - March 18, 2020
- Research Labs - safety resources:
- https://humanresources.ku.edu/coronavirus - KU's Human Resources resource page for Coronavirus-COVID19 Employee Information.
- Click here to view the policy on coronavirus time reporting. Staff should use code "COV19 - Coronavirus-19" for hours not worked due to the coronavirus.
- https://coronavirus.ku.edu/ - KU's main page for Coronavirus-COVID19 updates.
ONLINE TEACHING RESOURCES
- Resources for rapid remote teaching, studying and working: https://remote.ku.edu
- Bookmark this page as it has updated information daily. Please check information about rapid remote teaching at remote.ku.edu, under the tab “Teaching.” It includes many helpful suggestions, from first steps to class discussions to modifying assessments.
- For Zoom, the Zoom launch page has a large number of help documents at the bottom of the page: http://kansas.zoom.us
- For Echo360 (in-room lecture capture):
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the dates and times, which room you wish to capture your lecture, and who the lecture should be captured for (if the capture is for someone other than you)
- Follow any directions provided by the Ed Tech staff
- After the capture completes they will send a link to your lecture which you can post to Blackboard
- For Kaltura Capture (offsite lecture capture) (In the event that you are not on-campus, Kaltura will offer you a solution to capture you lecture audio and content.):
- Watch this video for a complete how-to to use Kaltura: https://go.ku.edu/1Cfos3 which will walk you through start-to-finish on setting up your capture and posting it to Blackboard
- https://mediahub.ku.edu is the address to access Kaltura content you have saved (watch video above first before doing so)
- Requires a microphone to pick up the lecture audio you would like to record (standard laptops have webcams and microphones built-in)
- Helpful video tutorials for Kaltura:
- Kaltura Capture Video Walkthru: https://mediahub.ku.edu/media/Using+Kaltura+Capture/1_3igy4pdt
- Kaltura Express Capture Video Walkthru (webcam recording): https://mediahub.ku.edu/media/Using+Kaltura+Express/1_yl4h03vr
- Kaltura Capture Step-by-Step: https://mps.ku.edu/kaltura-capture
- Kaltura Capture Online Video Editor: https://mediahub.ku.edu/media/Using+the+Kaltura+Video+Editor/1_h4pj3zh7
- Kaltura Capture Captioning: https://mps.ku.edu/adding-and-editing-captions-mediahub-uploads
- The Chemistry Department's annual Graduation Recognition and Awards Ceremony is cancelled for May 9, 2020. At this time, we still plan to provide deserving students with scholarships and awards for 2020. More information will be provided at a later date.