How can I get help with advising?
The College of Education Student Advising Office is closed. However, advisors are available to take appointments with students by phone or Zoom. Please call (517) 353-9680 or schedule an appointment online. Student Affairs Office.
How do I meet field-based requirements for my course or program?
龙八国际官网在线Most field placements in the College of Education, such as teaching internships and practicum experiences, have also been suspended. Faculty members are working to identify alternative means for students to meet learning objectives as well as requirements set by professional accrediting bodies.
龙八国际官网在线Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Student Affairs at (517) 353-9680, or your regular MSU field placement coordinator.
What is happening with summer courses?
MSU has moved to virtual instruction for all summer sessions. Summer academic camps are suspended unless they can be offered virtually, and all summer sports camps have been canceled. .
How are things changing for graduate students?
龙八国际官网在线For information about changes affecting graduate students, such as time to degree extensions, testing and graduate assistant responsibilities, please refer to the page being updated regularly.
I'm a graduate student, and I'd still like to connect with fellow college Spartans! How can I do that?
龙八国际官网在线, offered twice per day Monday - Friday!
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.:龙八国际官网在线 Join our (relatively) quiet working time alongside other Spartans
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.: Unwind with us! Here are topics we will cove during the evening sessions:
- Mondays: Time with the TAs (gathering time for TAs)
- Tuesdays: Wellness Challenge participants
- Wednesdays: Two Truths & a Lie
- Thursdays: Crowdsourcing (share helpful apps or online resources for fitness, relaxation! Be sure to email Kristine Bowman so we can add the resources to this site)
- Fridays: What are you most proud that you did during this week?
龙八国际官网在线Meet with us on .
I'm a graduate student and I have forms I need to fill out. What do I do?
While many of you (our master's students especially) usually work far from campus, now all of us are working remotely—and thus we've come to have a special appreciation for how much we need to have our grad student forms available for e-signatures.
We are pleased to share that nearly all graduate forms in the College of Education are now available to download as PDFs龙八国际官网在线, which all involve e-sign. (Documents are also available as Word documents, in case the student initiating the form is not able to access Adobe. You can , if you do not have access to a professional version.)
Here's an important catch: After clicking on the file name, the form will display. Please do not print the form and fill it out by hand. Instead, "save as" to your files, and then begin to fill out the fillable text boxes.
Your help is key龙八国际官网在线 to making this transition, because many of the forms are initiated by you. So, by saving the form and filling it out electronically, you can help us start off on the right foot.
If we all do this, it means no more printing, filling out and signing in ink, scanning (or redigitizing via a camera phone picture), and sending along to the next person in the multi-person chain to repeat the cumbersome process. Instead, a signatory can open the document, sign, save, attach and forward. That's it. Ahhh.
Instructions on how to e-sign PDFs and Word documents are available here or here龙八国际官网在线 (on the left side, click "How to e-sign documents").
Finally, please note we are aware some forms are already with program directors or chairs, and a bit of time will be necessary as those "old" forms make their way through the pipeline.
Many thanks to Joni Burns for updating and converting our many forms, and Dave Dai for providing the step-by-step instructions.
How will course grading change?
For spring semester 2020, Michigan State University students may request to have their grades recorded in a binary grading system of Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory (S/NS) for each eligible course in which they are enrolled.
龙八国际官网在线Students taking courses in the Kinesiology, Elementary Education and Special Education majors and the Secondary Education program that have a minimum grade requirement will still be held to that minimum grade requirement, even if the course is taken as S/NS.
龙八国际官网在线For information on how numerical grades will be assigned, insight for those interested in applying to graduate school and other notable updates regarding this process, visit the or blogs. These blogs, intended for students in Education and Kinesiology majors, have up-to-date information regarding these grading policies and other pertinent information for students. Consider subscribing to the blog(s), if you have not already done so.
龙八国际官网在线For information from MSU, refer to the about the policy and process.
I may need counseling. What do I do?
龙八国际官网在线 staff are working remotely to serve students. Go to the website or call (517) 355-8270.
I want to speak to the University Ombudsperson. What do I do?
龙八国际官网在线The Office of the University Ombudsperson sent the following note to the MSU community on April 6, 2020:
We ... recognize these uncertain times at the university as faculty move to teaching online, students adapt to being virtual learners and many of us practice social distancing through new resources. These transitions increase the potential for conflic as our needs for stability, connection and understanding are not met. The Office of the University Ombudsperson can address these needs in the following ways:
- Stability: The Office of the University Ombudsperson has been part of the campus community for more than 50 years, assisting students, faculty and staff in resolving confliect, as well as in understanding student rights and university policy. While our methods of interaction have changed, we remain available to help in these spaces via email, phone or Zoom.
- Connection: Conflict often escalates when individuals are distanced from one another. We encourage our community members to find ways to engage in conflict through healthy means and, upon request, we offer virtual training in this aspect. A list of the offerings can be found on our website.
- Understanding: Listening continues to be core to our work in offering a confidential, independent, neutral and informal ear for individuals to share their concerns, conflicts and fears.
If you need to contact the Office of the University Ombudsperson to be heard, set up a training or schedule an appointment via phone or Zoom, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You also can share concerns via our Problem/Concern form on our new updated 龙八国际官网在线. We encourage you to visit and see the resources available to you during this time through the Office of the University Ombudsperson.
What do I need to know as an international student?
龙八国际官网在线Summary information for international students and scholars is available from the (OISS).
龙八国际官网在线International students, scholars and visitors:
- through MSU's Office of International Students and Scholars is now virtual.
- OISS is actively monitoring the global health situation and how that may impact our international students, scholars and visitors.
- MSU created a survey to assess needs of international students and scholars. If you know of an international student or scholar who has not completed the survey, .
- The deadline for undergraduate international students is now on a rolling basis, but applicants should submit their application as soon as possible.
- MSU is temporarily accepting the Duolingo test for English proficiency.
- Admissions questions can be sent to: email@example.com
- Information related to international graduate student admissions is on the .
What's the plan for study abroad?
龙八国际官网在线All MSU education abroad programs, including freshman seminars abroad, are cancelled for spring and summer 2020. Detailed information on how global health risk is assessed and monitored, as well as the program withdrawal process can be found at the . Education Abroad has also transitioned to
龙八国际官网在线Faculty may continue to plan study abroad programs for the future and are welcome to meet with the Office of International Studies in Education to discuss this.
What resources are available from the library?
Elizabeth Webber, education librarian, is eager to be of help. Her contact information is: firstname.lastname@example.org or (517) 884-5929.
Here are a few things from the library that may be helpful:
- (including getting books at home, remote access to the library, how to access Google Scholar, finding materials, or )
- is in flux based on partner library situations, but you can still suggest purchases and we can still get articles.
- 龙八国际官网在线Some books are available in e-format (I've purchased those already) and the rest can be scanned and emailed to students.
- Specific Resources for Field Experiences include (steaming video for training/developing teachers). If there are other streaming or electronic resources that may be helpful, now is a great time to ask!
Are there options to continue volunteering?
Yes! The MSU Center for Community Engaged Learning has developed a for undergraduate and graduate students. The MSU Virtual is being held on April 18, 2020.
I am supposed to graduate. Will there be a ceremony?
The university has decided to postpone in-person spring commencement ceremonies.
Update to doctoral hooding ceremonies (April 14, 2020):
龙八国际官网在线We'd like to thank graduating doctoral candidates and education specialists for providing their thoughts about how they would like to celebrate their graduation.
One dominant theme from the responses is that many of you really want an in-person hooding ceremony. We hear you. We also want you to have that, and when the university reschedules May ceremonies, we want you to know we will move quickly to schedule in-person hooding ceremonies for all of you as well.
龙八国际官网在线Even though we all know a May in-person ceremony isn't an option right now for public health reasons, many of you want to commemorate the graduation weekend that you have been looking forward to for some time. This is understandable; you have worked hard to earn this degree and doing so is an important achievement.
龙八国际官网在线In response to your preferences, we're planning to create videos to celebrate your achievements.
- We invite all graduating doctoral candidates and educational specialists who have been approved to participate in the Doctoral Convocation to email a high-resolution headshot to TIES student Nellie Hunter (email@example.com) by Friday, April 17 at 8:00 a.m. If you choose not to submit a photo, that is fine.
- We ask all advisors of graduating doctoral and education specialist candidates to submit a 100-word summary of their student's accomplishments. Please email these to TIES student Nellie Hunter (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Monday, April 20 at 8:00 a.m.
- We will combine those photos and statements into videos, which we will debut the weekend of May 1.
- We will follow up with more specific details about where and when you can view the videos, and encourage you to set up virtual viewings with your friends and family.
- Please keep in mind: The videos probably will be distributed in a way that allows them to be broadly accessible. If anyone would like to opt-out of the video montage, please notify Jenn Brown (email@example.com) by Friday, April 17 at 8:00 a.m.
I am an MSU faculty member or graduate student. How can I learn more about teaching remotely?
Faculty from the college's Master of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET) program developed .
Staff at the Hub for Innovation and Learning and MSU IT continue to develop resources for teaching MSU courses remotely. See the latest information at .
Various virtual support communities are holding daily sessions and can be accessed through this site. Go to to see the planned guest speakers and topics.
9:00 AM-10:00AM every day (M-F)
Join Jeff Grabill, Associate Provost for Teaching Learning and Technology, Mark Largent, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, and others from across MSU for an opportunity to discuss issues around teaching and other aspects of supporting learning in a virtual content. Those who drop in can raise ideas, questions and needs. Open to all MSU faculty, students and staff.
The Teachers’ Lounge
11:00 AM-12:00PM every day (M-F)
Join others teaching online to discuss ideas, questions and needs. Open to all MSU educators.
3:00PM-5:00PM every day (M-F)
These open, drop-in hours provide the opportunity to raise specific questions about moving to remote teaching. Open to all MSU educators.
龙八国际官网在线In addition, video recordings and slides from two sessions by College of Education faculty members, “Resource Sharing for Online Instruction: Virtual Conversations,” are available:
I am an MSU faculty member or graduate student. How have grading policies changed at MSU?
All eligible MSU students may request to have their grades recorded in a binary grading system of Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory (S/NS) for each elligible course in which they are enrolled during the Spring 2020 semester.
Learn more from website, and/or from this chart shared on the College of Education website.
I am a PreK-12 educator. Where can I find resources to keep teaching and leading?
on remote teaching:
Sign up for a self-paced online learning experience from the Master of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET) program covering a range of strategies related to remote teaching. A maximum of 16 SCECHs have been approved for Michigan educators who complete the mini-MOOC. .
In order to support the transition to remote learning, the faculty, students and alumni of the Master of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET) program have created a focused on general considerations, challenges and specific strategies at the PreK-12 level.
Office of K-12 Outreach:
The MSU Office of K-12 Outreach is available to support schools and districts in strengthening leadership and instructional practices. In collaboration with the K-12 Educational Administration Programs, the office provided guidance to school leaders handing transitions during COVID-19. K-12 Outreach also created a list of resources for educators and families.
Podcast on remote teaching:
龙八国际官网在线Associate Professor Christine Greenhow discusses the opportunities and challenges of teaching in digital settings on this .
How can I get help working remotely?
For the most up-to-date information on employment status and directions for working at MSU, check the page.
The WorkLife Office is sharing , if you are looking for support and ideas concerning working at home, handling work and family issues, and managing stress, among other issues. Ask questions to the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some additional links.
To restrict unauthorized access to Zoom meetings, effective April 1, all new Zoom meetings will require passwords in order to gain access to the meeting room.
龙八国际官网在线Passwords will be required by default when a new meeting is created (which can be edited), and the passwords will appear in meeting invitations. Users joining the meeting will be prompted to enter the password.
- When creating Zoom passwords, do not use personal login or authentication passwords
- Keep passwords unique to your meeting or meeting series
- This change also will apply to meetings hosted at , which comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
Questions? Contact MSU IT 龙八国际官网在线 at (517) 432-6200 or email@example.com.
Flexible Work & Telecommuting
龙八国际官网在线The covers topics including Working Remotely, Working at 龙八国际官网在线 with Children, Mental Health Matters, Taking Care in Times of Uncertainty and Culture of Trust. The most requested is "."
龙八国际官网在线These are recorded live and posted back to the website. New webinars are posted daily at 10:00 a.m. or .
Running Virtual Meetings
Quick Tips for Leading Meetings in a Virtual Space
I want to speak to the University Ombudsperson. What do I do?
Orders & Deliveries
All future order deliveries should route through University 龙八国际官网在线. Only essential things should be ordered at this time. This will ensure UPS and FedEx deliveries are not returned to sender.
If you must place an order, please change the delivery address as follows:
(Attn: Room#, Building)
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The MSU Libraries are happy to offer undergraduate assistants for MSU teaching staff, who could utilize help for research or preparing content for courses. Some examples of ways the students could be helpful:
- Identifying relevant library resources
- Providing bibliographic assistance
- Assessing readability of text materials
- Helping with PowerPoints or graphics
龙八国际官网在线A faculty member could expect approximately 10 hours of work per week for the remainder of the semester.
龙八国际官网在线There are 120 potential assistants who were employed by the Libraries, but now have no work because the Libraries are closed. If faculty could help the Libraries by continuing to employ them, the Library will pay their salaries.
Contact Mat Schueller at firstname.lastname@example.org龙八国际官网在线 if interested. Because of the limited number of students available, the Libraries may not be able to fulfill every request.
Faculty: Extensions on Tenure Clock
A letter from Theodore H. Curry II, associate provost and associate vice president for academic human resources:
In recognition of the challenges to faculty productivity caused by COVID-19, the University Committee on Faculty Tenure unanimously approved a proposal to extend by one year the tenure clock for any faculty member in the tenure system as of Spring 2020 due to be reviewed for reappointment or promotion to associate professor within tenure during the academic year 2020-2021 or later. This delay recognizes the difficulty that faculty may have experienced with regards to their research, teaching, extension, outreach and service. It is not necessary to request this delay; it is automatically in effect.
龙八国际官网在线The reappointment and tenure process for academic year 2019-2020 is nearing its completion and those dossiers were not affected by the pandemic. As such, the automatic extension of the tenure clock does not apply to those who were reviewed this academic year.
If you have questions, please consult with your chairperson, school director, dean's office or Academic Human Resources.
Visit about extending the tenure clock.
Research activities at MSU have been discontinued as of March 24, 2020, unless they are considered essential to basic operations. However, human subject research can be done using technology instead of direct in-person interactions; there is no reason to stop such work. Note, though, that if you wish to switch to collection of data using technology (such as using telephone or Zoom interviews), and if your original IRB approval did not include such approaches, you must request a modification to your IRB approval (which would be done by going to the IRB website or contacting the IRB Office and following their process for modifications). Visit the for further updates.
The Office of Research Administration in the College of Education is continuing to support scholars in the college.
Please read this letter from Twila Reighley, assistant vice president for research and innovation:
We are beginning to receive guidance from external funding sponsors on communicating COVID-19 impacts to projects’ scopes of work. We have also heard from several on campus that for most projects, the shutdown has been an inconvenience, but is not expected to impact their ability to deliver what was promised over the course of the project year. If you are asked by faculty, or are aware of significant impacts to externally funded sponsored projects, we have documented below guidance for you to share. Please note, specific requests/directions from sponsors take precedence over the information outlined below.
Generally, changes to the Statement of Work or timeline make it necessary to communicate with sponsors and in most cases require prior approval. The necessary communication will vary based on sponsor, funding mechanism (e.g., grants, cooperative agreements, or contracts) or whether MSU has an existing award or a new award is received.
- Awards funded via contracts are most likely to need more immediate communication when a change in scope or additional time is needed.
- Awards funded via grants with a current project period end date beyond July 2020* may be able to wait to communicate until we return to normal operations, or by early June 2020, whichever comes first. Sometimes communicating with a program officer is the first step, but typically, an official communication through the grants or contracts officer is required.**
- Notification of significant events is normally expected at the time of the event and some sponsors may still expect that.
If an externally funded project is significantly impacted by the more limited access to laboratories and other facilities, restrictions on in-person human subjects, or other COVID-19 impacts:
- Check the expectations for the award in the award document.
- Please communicate the potential impacts to the Contract and Grant Administration (CGA) Awards Group via email as soon as practicable, prioritizing the contracts first, at email@example.com. The Awards Group*** will review your specific scenario and work with you on next steps.
For more information:龙八国际官网在线 Visit the for additional sponsor direction (to date, specific guidance for change of scope is identified for NIH, NSF, DOE (Energy), and DOD).
We encourage you to keep the CGA Awards Group aware of specific guidance you receive directly from sponsors (if OSP, CGA or BC*** are not copied).
龙八国际官网在线* If the project is getting close to the project end date and there are impacts, it may be time to request a no-cost extension (or more time and supplemental funding).
** We will be updating general agency advisory information as we receive it on our website. Most Federal agencies are trying to be flexible and we continue to learn more related to Federal requirements weekly. We have heard from one Federal sponsor (NIH) that they understand that in light of the current situation, notification can happen when practicable, which we are interpreting as when we know the specific impacts and when they will be resolved. At least two sponsors have given preliminary acknowledgement that administrative supplements may be a possibility. As you would anticipate, industry and other non-Federal agreements need case-by-case review for terms.
*** The CGA Awards Group will communicate with the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) or Business-CONNECT (BC) as needed.
- For current travel policies and information, go to the.
- All university-sponsored international and non-essential domestic travel is currently suspended until May 15th.
- Up-to-date travel advisories, including international travel, is available at the . This site also has links to the current CDC and Department of State travel advisories and risk levels.
- The Office of International Health and Safety has information about the .
Student Emergency Fund
龙八国际官网在线The College of Education has established a Student Emergency Fund to support students who are challenged with necessities such as housing, food, medical care or being able to access required resources for remote learning. Go to the Crowdpower page to .
龙八国际官网在线Faculty from the College of Education are teaming up with WKAR at Michigan State University to share helpful tips, ideas and expert advice for families. We will be adding more videos as they are created.
- featuring Professor Karin Pfeiffer
- featuring Associate Professor Tanya Wright
- featuring Assistant Professor Matthew Brodhead
龙八国际官网在线Looking for additional MSU learning materials, content and advice? Check out these resources:
- - videos, tips and other helpful takeaways for caregivers
- - resources for adult online learning, health and wellness and more
- Office of K-12 Outreach - links for educators and caregivers
- - web-based resources, digital presentations and activities you can do at home
- - activities for children and families and information on exhibits
- - Two College of Education alumni created a robust source of resources for the MSU community with children learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.