ILR Statements

April 10

A Message from ILR Dean Alexander J.S. Colvin at the End of First Week of Remote Learning.

April 1

Dean Colvin's coffee hour with ILR students

March 23

Dean Colvin's March 23rd message to ILR students

 

March 15

Dear ILR Community:
 
I know this message comes at a challenging time for all of us. I committed to keep you all updated as things change. We are now dealing with our kids being out of school and our social events being cancelled. The ILR way is to persevere and continue operating, and I appreciate all the positive sentiments I have received.

With all the many unknowns regarding the future spread of the virus, we have prepared well thanks to diligent work by our leadership team. We are going to begin the process of working remotely as soon as possible. We recognize that this will take some extra steps and we will have support staff available to help with this process. For all employees, we are working on building a basic training for working from home if needed. You will see a survey shortly on technical readiness. It is important that you respond quickly so that we can get the information needed to help you. Please work with your supervisor on any questions or concerns you have.

The University announced on Friday that employees who are able to work remotely should do so no later than March 20th. Social distancing is the goal for our community, so we all need to use our best judgement. Our faculty trainings will continue as scheduled for this coming week. We will keep them as in-person sessions on Wednesday to provide this as an optional delivery mechanism. All the other sessions will be done via Zoom, online. We will record them and make them available via Zoom as a point of reference. We will provide help with basic tech support to get set up on Zoom and Canvas as well as advanced training to help our faculty deliver a quality educational experience. Please schedule a time with our technical support team at ilrtsrequests@cornell.edu. We do not want to overwhelm our support staff so scheduling an appointment is the best way to ensure we can meet the demand. While not optimal, we can still get the training done while protecting everyone’s health and safety. Our leadership team and I will be available to answer any questions you may have.

Please visit our COVID-19 website that links to ILR and University resources, including mental and physical health. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide the latest guidance we receive.

Thanks to all of you that are working hard to get us through this difficult time. As ILRies, we will get through this together.
 
Alexander Colvin
Kenneth F. Kahn ’69 Dean and
Martin F. Scheinman ’75, MS ’76 Professor

 

March 13

Dean Colvin's message to ILR students

March 12

Dear ILR NYC Colleagues:
 
We learned today that an individual who works on a different floor than our facilities at 570 Lexington and has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual has been not been in the building for the past eight days and has been in self-quarantine since that time. We are not currently aware of any other cases in the building. According to the landlord, the building has been disinfected according to CDC standards several times since then.
 
While this case was not on our floors or in our facility, our first priority remains the health and safety of our employees. As such, we have decided, out of an abundance of caution, to instruct all employees to begin working remotely effective by the end of business today.
 
Please remember to take all equipment needed to work remotely with you so that you are able to effectively perform your role remotely. We will work with the University to continue monitoring the situation in NYC and provide updates as we gather new information. Based on the information we have today, we are hopeful that our employees can return to the office on March 23rd.  If that changes we will communicate the new guidance as soon as we receive it.
 
All in-person professional education classes taught from 570 Lexington will either be rescheduled or moved to virtual delivery until further notice. Also, our conference center in NYC will be closed until March 30th, at which point we will re-evaluate the situation with University leadership.  
 
We truly appreciate your continued efforts to keep ILR moving forward while we are dealing with this unprecedented situation.
 
Alexander Colvin
Kenneth F. Kahn ’69 Dean and
Martin F. Scheinman ’75, MS ’76 Professor

 

March 12

Dear ILR Faculty, Lecturers, Adjuncts, Academic Department Administrative Assistants, and TA’s:

As we plan for moving to online teaching, we are taking steps to ensure that you have the training and support needed to do this effectively.

ILR will be offering multiple training sessions all next week so that faculty, lecturers, adjuncts and their administrative support staff can be trained on how to deliver classes remotely. DH Goodall with the support of our Tech Services Team will be leading these sessions, and they will be divided into two segments: an “Essentials” session to teach you how to set up Zoom within Canvas and to deliver your lectures live-synchronously, record your lectures, and have assignments submitted electronically; and we will deliver an “Advanced” session on how to use more sophisticated features of Zoom/Canvas including discussion sections, chat rooms, virtual breakout rooms for group work, and other features. I am asking that all faculty who are teaching this spring semester attend at least one of the essentials training sessions so that we are confident that your classes can be delivered via Zoom. These sessions will also be designed to understand your concerns and to address your questions. For faculty who are off campus and for our adjuncts, we will be holding a session on Friday (March 20) by Zoom. Because there are only 24 seats in the Catherwood Lab room, we are asking you to sign up for these sessions via Doodle Poll (see links below). You are encouraged to bring your administrative assistant and/or class TA to these sessions, but we are asking each person to sign up individually so we know how many are coming to each session. The sessions will be hands on and please bring your cell phone so you can do duo-authentication at the training sessions.

Essentials: Teaching Online for Cornell Faculty

https://doodle.com/poll/c974bv2qkg9vqgqf

Advance: Teaching Online for Cornell Faculty

https://doodle.com/poll/45uihmyb762qm2yw

ILR will also provide technical support to all faculty and administrative assistants who need help. For example, as you are setting up various features in Canvas/Zoom to deliver your lectures, collect assignments etc., Technical Staff will be able to help you individually. We also plan to assign a Tech Services member to support faculty/admin groups as they adapt Canvas/Zoom to on-line teaching.

At the faculty meeting tomorrow, Friday, March 13th, George, Kara, and I will be discussing how we plan on delivering classes on line and how we intend to support you. Again, I strongly urge all faculty and lecturers to attend the faculty meeting so we can understand your concerns and address your questions. At the faculty meeting, I have asked DH Goodall to quickly demonstrate how Zoom works within Canvas, how to deliver your lessons live and to record your lectures so that students in different time zones can listen to your lectures, and we will be addressing questions you may have about on-line pedagogy, changing course requirements, use of TA’s, supporting students in different time zones, etc.

As a reminder, the Center for Teaching Innovation has a webpage set up to help faculty do this: https://teaching.cornell.edu/teaching-resources/planning-remote-teaching. It has a lot of good information about how to teach online using zoom and canvas, the two key programs we are using to enable online teaching.

All of the training sessions will be held in the Catherwood Library’s Computer Training room on the following dates and times (To get to the Catherwood Library Computer Training Room, entering the library from the Ives classroom lobby entry, turn right into the student’s large study room, walk about 15 feet and the training room will be on your left. You’ll be able to see the computer lab through windows):

Monday, March 16th:

Essential Course: 10:00 - 11:00

Advanced Course: 11:00 – 12:00

Essential Course: 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Advanced Course: 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Tuesday, March 17th:

Essential Course: 10:00 - 11:00

Advanced Course: 11:00 – 12:00

Wednesday, March 18th:

Essential Course: 10:00 - 11:00

Advanced Course: 11:00 – 12:00

Essential Course: 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Advanced Course: 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Thursday, March 19th:

Essential Course: 10:00 - 11:00

Advanced Course: 11:00 – 12:00

Friday, March 20th:

Essential Course: 10:00 – 11:00

(Delivered via Zoom for adjuncts)

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this difficult time.

Alexander Colvin
Kenneth F. Kahn ’69 Dean and

Martin F. Scheinman ’75, MS ’76 Professor

March 11

Dear ILR Community:

Following President Pollack’s statement regarding the University’s action plan on COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), I wanted to provide an update with specifics for ILR and our extended community. The latest University guidance can be found on Cornell’s coronavirus website.

Effective April 6, 2020 through the end of the academic semester, the University will move to all virtual instruction. When our undergraduate and professional degree students leave for spring break they will not return to campus for the remainder of the academic year. For ILR, this will include our Ithaca campus-based classes as well as those classes conducted in Buffalo and at other locations, excluding New York City. I have called a Faculty meeting for Friday, March 13th from 11am - 12:30pm, in Ives 115, to discuss our next steps in preparing to teach online. It is extremely important that faculty and required staff participate in the appropriate training sessions that will be communicated and conducted over the next several days. Our goal is to begin moving classes online before spring break. This will give us time to work out all the bugs and ensure we get all of the issues resolved before the students leave campus. Our leadership team is prepared and will provide you with the necessary training and resources. George Boyer and Kara Lombardi will have the lead in working with faculty and student concerns. Susan O’Neill will be the lead in working with administrative assistants. Joe Grasso and Laura Robinson are overseeing our tech support and our whole team is focused on providing support to make sure that we are able to move effectively to online instruction.

For our New York City operations, we will be moving to all virtual class/workshop delivery effective Thursday, March 12, 2020 through the end of the academic semester. I understand this is short notice; however, there is a need to move more quickly in NYC and the timing is consistent with Cornell Tech and other NYC-based Cornell programs. I have been in direct communications with our Outreach team and we will be working with them to implement an action plan to move to virtual classes. Outreach activities outside NYC will follow the Ithaca campus guidelines provided by the University. Two ‘All-Outreach’ meetings have been scheduled for later in the week by Associate Dean Ariel Avgar. He will cover both health and safety-related issues and necessary changes to programming. Laura Robinson will have the lead for NYC and is managing our technical readiness for online instruction across all of our campuses.

Additionally, all ILR events with external attendees in our NYC conference center need to be postponed or cancelled effective immediately. For events outside of NYC, we will be following the Ithaca campus policy. Also, per University guidance, we strongly encourage that all nonessential visits to any ILR locations be postponed or cancelled. If you have a question about whether or not your event needs to be cancelled, please contact George Boyer for resident faculty issues and Ariel Avgar for Outreach-related issues. Again, I know this is disappointing and many of you have been planning your events for several months, however, it is the right thing to do given the situation. The University will reassess these event/visitor restrictions no later than April 1st.

Importantly, the University will remain open and all ILR employees are still able to work from their offices in Ithaca, NYC, Buffalo and Rochester. Other considerations will be made based the needs of specific locations.

Our leadership team has been proactive in preparing the infrastructure and technology to make this move to an online format possible. I’d like to thank them for their extra efforts to help keep our community safe.

I will continue to provide updates as this situation evolves. Our ILR community is strong, resilient and adaptable. We will rise to meet this challenge, together. Thank you all for your continued support.

Alexander Colvin
Kenneth F. Kahn ’69 Dean and

Martin F. Scheinman ’75, MS ’76 Professor