Faculty and Staff
Review the frequently asked questions below for answers about meetings, available resources and more. Please check the FAQ pages regularly, as information is updated to reflect the situation as it evolves. For additional information on University-wide procedures and updates, visit Drexel’s Response to Coronavirus website.
Phased Return to Campus for LeBow Faculty and Staff
On January 25, the university will begin having face to face instruction on campus for winter quarter. For those that will be supporting our on-campus operations, you should have received a Return to Campus letter indicating your designated “Phase”.
Faculty and Staff in Phase 1-4
All faculty and staff that have been categorized as Phase 1 – Phase 4, are permitted to be on campus beginning the week of January 25. For those who are in these phases and who are returning to campus for winter quarter, we do ask that you do a baseline COVID-19 test provided by the university, no less than 3 days prior to your expected return date. This will allow time for test results.
Scheduling Your Test
To schedule your test, please either utilize the Drexel Health App or the website. Simply click on the calendar icon and pick a date and location. There are two testing centers, one at the University City campus, located at 33rd and Race streets and also one at our Queen Lane campus. Test results will be sent to you via the portal used to make the appointment 24-48 hours after completing the test. Optional, continued bi-weekly testing will be available to all Phase 1 – Phase 4 employees who are on campus.
Faculty and Staff in Phase 5
For those that are not in Phase 1 – Phase 4 and would like to come to campus for a specific reason, you will need to complete the GHALL Visitation Request Form. This form must be completed for each campus visit request. The most up to date information on our response to COVID-19 can be found at Drexel’s Response to Coronavirus website.
How have classrooms been enhanced at Gerri C. LeBow Hall?
Podiums have been enhanced to now have two monitors, one with annotation capabilities (left) and one with standard display (right). Anything displayed on the left monitor will also be displayed on the room projectors and confidence monitors. You can also use pen-enable monitor for whiteboarding/annotation.
Ceiling and lectern microphones are connected to the podium PC so they can be broadcasted through Zoom. Room cameras are also connected to the podium PC and used as the main camera in Zoom. Basic zoom and positioning controls are available on the podium touch panel for changing the camera view.
Computers have updated software to ensure they are as fast as possible to minimize loading times.
If I am teaching on campus, are there any recommendations for using technology or using the classroom?
- The use of the podium PC is strongly recommended. Laptop use is possible, but you may experience significantly reduced functionality.
- Remain close to the podium and observe social distancing.
- Breakout rooms must be scheduled in correctly sized locations.
- Utilize a Remote Course Facilitator (RCF) for class period facilitation.
- Repeat questions (chat and remote) to ensure all students hear you.
- All handouts and tests should be electronic to allow ease of access to remote students and prevent unnecessary contact with in-person students.
What is a Remote Course Facilitator (RCF), and how can I request one?
The Remote Course Facilitator (RCF) program was established by the Graduate College, with support from the Office of the Provost and Remote Teaching Task Force, in spring 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic during which all face-to-face (F2F) courses were required to move to a fully remote format. The RCF program is meant to help support faculty with the technical and administrative aspects of teaching in a fully remote or hybrid format and to help support the remote teaching and learning environment in which active engagement is critical for a successful student experience.
Where can I find information about meetings and staying in touch?
As all undergraduate classes continue online while non-essential faculty and staff continue to work from home, the College is utilizing Microsoft Teams and the Zoom Online Meeting Platform for the delivery of virtual classes and remote meetings.
A LeBow College of Business “Team” has been created in Microsoft Teams, and features the ability to chat with the tech department in real time. Contact email@example.com with questions.
Where can I find tech webinars and how-to’s?
Information and guidance on the use of online teaching and conference platforms can be found below.
How can I help keep the Drexel Community Safe?
It’s everyone’s responsibility to do their part to keep the Drexel community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you see any activity or suspect any behavior that violates the University’s COVID-19 Code of Conduct, make an online report.