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March 16 Sympa email to faculty

Good Morning,

I continue to be dazzled by the hard work and sense of common purpose I have witnessed in all of you. Please know that I am grateful for each of you. I understand that many of us are feeling stressed, and I am sorry we are going through this challenge.

Today, I write to share that Pacific has purchased a large cache of Zoom licenses for faculty to use as an alternative to WebEx. Zoom is a video/telephone conferencing platform that can be used for teaching synchronous class sessions to up to 100 students or for one-on-one meetings (think advising). It also allows you to share your screen, to generate a transcript (which is good for ADA purposes), and to record sessions for asynchronous learning activities. Users also can virtually raise their hands to signal a desire to contribute to the discussion. Additionally, Zoom is easy (even I was able to learn Zoom in about 3 minutes). The one downside is that, while the CTL will be providing training and support in the use of Zoom, and Zoom offers daily training sessions for all its users (https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/360029527911), Pacific Technology is not able to provide support or to integrate Zoom into Canvas given our short time horizon. However, you can still use Canvas to email your students a link to your Zoom class or advising sessions.

If you would like a Zoom License, please:

  • Email Ava Hammond (ahammond@pacific.edu), Academic Project Manager
  • Provide a brief description of how you intend to use Zoom

You are not required to use Zoom instead of WebEx, and many of you have told me that you are quite satisfied with WebEx. I, personally, prefer Zoom, and a number of you have told me you are Zoom people so I advocated to get you these licenses. If you would like to try Zoom, please email Joan Lin-Cereghino at jlincere@pacific.edu to set up a 'test' meeting.

The university has paid for the licenses, and the licenses were "delivered" to us by Zoom on Sunday. Please grant us a day or two of patience as Pacific Technology works through setting up the licenses and we manage the process of getting all these licenses distributed.

Once again, thank you for your hard work and dedication to our students.

Sincerely,

~Mike
Michael Hunter Schwartz
Chosen Pronouns: He/Him/His
Interim Provost and Professor of Law