Teaching remotely constitutes a significant disruption to and departure from the educational experiences to which we aspire. The expectation is not to replicate residential learning experiences, but to work collectively to accommodate students' needs and learning styles — understanding that these solutions will vary from discipline to discipline.
Faculty may choose to use a variety of technology tools to facilitate remote teaching, including Moodle, Zoom, Google Meet and Kaltura Capture. You may also want to consider other forms of delivering instruction and accomplishing your learning outcomes, such as developing alternative assignments, assigning additional readings, asking students to write response papers, etc.
Best Practices: Remote Teaching daily walk-in sessions were offered the week of March 16. Topics included synchronous and asynchronous instructional options, communicating with students, virtual instruction, engaging students, assessment and labs.
Note: The Bucknell University Remote Lab is a virtual computer lab that allows you to use specialized software from anywhere at any time without installing it on your computer. You can connect to the Remote Lab from your personally owned Linux, Mac or Windows computer. Please read this Remote Lab Environment FAQ for more information.
On Thursday, March 19, 2020, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses to close their physical locations. Faculty must conduct remote instruction from an off-campus location.
Access to all academic buildings will be by card swipe or key until further notice. Graduate students should communicate with their department chair to request access to an academic building. Chairs will determine whether the request is appropriate and, upon granting permission, will (on behalf of the student) contact Card Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. For keys, department chairs should complete a key request form.
Bertrand Library will remain closed to students, faculty and non-library staff throughout summer 2020. L&IT will continue to offer remote technology and library support, including on weekends. Enhanced remote services and delivery of materials from the physical collections will remain available. These include:
Reference and research assistance and consultation via phone, email, chat and Zoom
Virtual synchronous and asynchronous information literacy and technology instruction
Online access to the library of digital content, curated Research by Subject guides and Ask technology help guides
Interlibrary loan of PDFs and physical items, as possible
Paging and delivery of materials from our physical collection within 24 business hours to a remote pickup location
Special Collections/University Archives will continue to provide research services, class support and access to resources within reason. Staff will evaluate each request and respond appropriately.
Yes. The University has approved a new policy for grading this semester. Details and procedures for these changes are still being finalized, and we will send additional information as soon as it is ready. Please encourage students to check their email regularly.
Note: Students should consult with their academic adviser and/or the associate dean for students about the implications of taking either option listed below. They should also consult with the Office of Financial Aid to ensure that their decision has no adverse impact on their current or future financial aid package.
Pass/withdraw policy: For each class, students will have the option of keeping the assigned grade or converting it to pass/withdraw after final grades are submitted. Student transcripts will be modified to provide an adequate context about the disruption caused by COVID-19 during the spring 2020 semester and the resulting change in grading.
Note: Students who are found responsible for academic misconduct for incidents that occurred in the spring 2020 semester and who receive a grade penalty that results in a failing grade in the course will not have the option to change this grade to a W. Students who are found not responsible or found responsible with no grade penalty would be able to take advantage of the Pass/Withdrawal options. In addition, students who are found responsible, but the penalty does not result in a failing grade would be able to select the "P" grade if desired.
Early withdrawal policy: In addition to the pass/withdraw option, Bucknell is extending the course withdrawal deadline for this semester to April 27, 2020, the last day of classes.
Under existing policy, twice during their careers at Bucknell, students may withdraw from a course with a grade of W through the 10th week of class (this semester, that date would have been March 27). This policy change means that any course withdrawal taken after the date Bucknell announced its move to remote education (March 10, 2020) will not count as one of the two withdrawals under the existing policy.
No. Courses taken through approved partner programs are treated as transfer courses, which require a grade of C or above for Bucknell credit and cannot be taken pass/fail.
The deans’ offices will communicate with you regarding virtual advising. The Registrar’s Office has extended the registration period through 11:59 p.m., April 24, 2020, and is ready to work with students remotely. Staff in that office will provide assistance to faculty and students.
Course registration for the fall 2020 semester will proceed online as expected. Faculty should make arrangements with advisees to discuss academic progress reports and course selections remotely. All undergraduate students must have their registration pin in order to complete the course registration process.
Students will not be able to secure faculty signatures to enter permission courses or to waive other course restrictions. Therefore, faculty should use the Registration Override process available on the Faculty/Adviser tab in Banner Web to provide the electronic overrides for these issues.
Students must provide their BUID number in order for an override to be entered.
There are a variety of override types available, so be sure to select the override that corresponds to the student's registration issue (class year override, prerequisite, etc.).
Some students may be stressed, confused and anxious during this time of uncertainty and change. Please welcome them to this new learning environment, connect with them and make yourself available for virtual office hours via phone, Skype, email, FaceTime or other means. Please keep track of students who are not checking in with you, and take into account their different levels of access to technology. Additionally, some students are not able to leave campus; they, too, will be instructed to work remotely.
On Thursday, March 19, 2020, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses to close their physical locations. Pursuant to this order, all instruction should be remote, even for students who remain on campus.
Rented textbooks may be returned to Barnes & Noble at no cost after the semester concludes. Students can print return labels to ship their rented textbooks back to the store, at no cost, from Barnes & Noble's website.
The Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore is closed until further notice. Web orders may still be placed.
Many Bertrand Library resources are available to students learning remotely, including:
Open the app and log in using their Bucknell email address
Find and view course materials from participating publishers via VitalSource’s Explore capabilities within the Bookshelf app
Unless they can be completed remotely, students will not be able to continue their undergraduate research projects. Due to continuing public health uncertainties, summer undergraduate student research programs are cancelled as well. Please work with your students to answer questions related to their individual projects.
Yes. Since it is necessary for graduate students to complete their projects so they can be granted degrees, this work will continue.
The University plans to resume on-campus classes this fall. At the same time, we recognize that the public health situation is unpredictable and that we must be prepared to adjust our instructional delivery accordingly. We will share a decision on fall 2020 as soon as we have determined our best approach moving forward.