The health and wellness of students and staff of Alamo Colleges District is our highest priority. Out of an abundance of caution, the Alamo Colleges District has made some temporary changes to the way we provide instruction and operate in light of the growing concerns related to the coronavirus.
The Alamo Colleges District leadership has been following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and San Antonio Metro Health to ensure we are minimizing the risk of exposure on our campuses. For the latest updates, visit the District 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) web page.
Yes. San Antonio College is committed to doing everything possible to ease students’ transition from on-site classes to remote learning. Due to the challenges many students may have with the online format, faculty can reduce the stress on students when faculty mirror their class meetings in Zoom to the original face-to-face meeting times. It also allows students to have live access to faculty and maintain their established schedules for work and home.
No. As announced by Alamo Colleges District and Dr. Vela, classes will resume on March 23 through remote teaching and learning via Canvas LMS.
Visit the Technology Support webpage for all technology related support.
Visit the Technology Support webpage for steps on how to set up your phone.
There are multiple resources available for faculty. Please visit Faculty Remote Ready webpage for support for all faculty to continue instruction remotely.
(Step 1) Faculty can begin preparations at any time. (Step 2) Faculty should communicate with their students prior to the start of class on March 23rd and to use the provided template emailed from the VP on what to communicate to their students, and then (Step 3) teach remote. Always refer to the San Antonio College website and the Alamo Colleges District website for official information on emergency preparedness. For official information on the Coronavirus and any responses by the Alamo Colleges District and its member Colleges, please check this site for updates.
Online resources and virtual tools might help replicate the experience of some labs. Check with your textbook publisher or sites such as Merlot or Skills Commons for materials that might help replace parts of your teaching.
- Publisher materials and OER
- Virtual labs
- Recorded demonstrations
Consult with your Chair, Dean or professional organizations that you belong to regarding tips and resources for remote/online teaching and learning.
Yes. Modifications are expected. But, make sure any changes to assignments or assessments do not compromise the students’ ability to successfully complete the course SLOs.
As students may be experiencing a range of challenges with the transition and access to technology we want to empower faculty to be flexible and creative in meeting students’ needs. So consider nontraditional methods and understand some students may need to gain information through email or a phone call if there is no access to technology.
Designated parking lot hotspots are available for students to access campus Wi-Fi. Programs are available to bridge the digital divide by providing students low-cost internet service. Direct students to the Low-Cost Internetweb page for more information.
Yes. All your course policies should be followed, including attendance. But, be flexible and patient with students. Work with students on a case-by-case basis if they experience challenges that prevent them from attending Zoom class meetings. Work with your Department Chair to address specific student concerns.
If you need technology to deliver class instruction, reach out to the Alamo Colleges Help Desk (210) 485-0555 or the SAC Help Desk (210) 486-0777. You can also submit a Submit a service work order through the Service Management Solution – Footprints.
Use the Respondus Lockdown Browser for exams or quizzes, as well as other Canvas tools.
Yes. Modifications are expected. But, make sure any changes to assignments or assessments do not compromise the students’ ability to successfully complete the course SLOs. Also, be mindful of extenuating circumstances for students as they complete their course work.
Students should contact their professor or academic advisor for assistance with dropping a class.
No. But, all library resources are available 24/7 online. Librarians are available for library instruction, Zoom, phone, chat and email. Visit the Library web page to contact a librarian.
No. The College building is closed but designated parking lot hotspots are available for students and employees to access campus Wi-Fi. Everyone is encouraged to stay in vehicles and practice social distancing. Directional signage will guide you to the locations.
Yes. Online tutoring is available 24/7 through multiple platforms, including regular tutors and faculty tutors. Students should access the Tutoring Services web page.
Yes. Students approved for accommodations through dSS will continue to receive their accommodations. At times, however, specific accommodations may not transition equitably to an online format. Contact Director of dSS Jennifer Alvizo, firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions related to a specific accommodation.
Yes. Accommodations arranged for face-to-face courses may not be applicable or compatible with instruction occurring in an online environment. Students having difficulty accessing course content due to the change in format should contact their dSS advisor for additional support and/or to request additional accommodations.
Yes. We understand that some students with disabilities may have elected to not register their disability previously with dSS and may wish to do so at this time. Students can set up an intake appointment at the dSS web page.
The Alamo Colleges District is committed to the safety and security of our educational community. We encourage you to sign up, confirm and/or update your Rave notification preferences to ensure you receive emergency messaging.
No. The College will be closed to all employees and students during the time that we are working remotely.
Follow your usual protocol and contact your Department Chair. If you need extended leave, please contact Human Resources.