- Return to campus plan
- Safe health practices in response to the coronavirus pandemic
- Campus planning for COVID-19 positive testing results
- Tech answers the COVID-19 challenge
- CARES Act
- UPDATED State Travel Guidelines
- Travel Guidance from ULS
- COVID-19 ULS Directives
- Guidance from Louisiana Department of Health
- Online instruction considerations
- Guide for Teleworking
Dear students, faculty, and staff,
I hope this Saturday morning finds you well and taking some time for rest and reflection.
Today, I’d like to share with you some amazing numbers. Keep in mind – these accomplishments are yours. Your hard work and perseverance have helped Louisiana Tech achieve wonderful things in a very short time, and I thank you for continuing to achieve excellence regardless of the circumstances.
For three weeks, we’ve had our classes online. Thus far, about 1,700 courses have been moved into Moodle and Zoom for delivery. Since we moved courses online, more than 5,000 hours of video have been streamed from our Mediasite server.
Today, however, we’re simply going to talk about the past seven days. You’ve amassed some amazing statistics in the past week:
- 1,615 Zoom meetings
- 1,159,903 minutes of Zoom meetings
- 22,651 participants in Zoom meetings
- More than 2,700 hours of video watched
- 236 gigabytes of Zoom storage used
Of course, the majority of our meeting attendees are in the United States, but it may be surprising that Italy, the United Kingdom, and China are the next three countries by number of participants.
These numbers only tell part of the story for our students and faculty. I know you all have been investing so much of yourselves into preparing to teach and learn each day. Your investments will lead to more confidence in the classroom, whether it is in-person or online. I have no doubt that this experience will help each of us appreciate our time in the in-person classroom more in the future. And we will have learned how to use more tools that can help us be more innovative and efficient in our work.
I’d like to call your attention to student, faculty, and staff resources that can help all of us do our jobs as we work through this crisis. We have a Resources section on the latech.edu/coronavirus site (open the left-hand navigation by clicking on the plus) that includes health and work resources, as well as frequently asked question pages on grading and residential life. If you need assistance, please review the information there; we’ve answered many common inquiries and provided lots of assistance.
We’ve also received notification from AT&T that late payment fees and overage charges may be waived for those experiencing economic hardships because of the COVID-19 crisis. In response to the crisis, AT&T will waive:
- Late payment fees for postpaid wireless, home phone or broadband residential customers
- Domestic postpaid wireless plan overage charges for data, voice or text for residential postpaid wireless customers
The waiver applies to these fees or charges incurred between March 13 and May 13, 2020, because of economic hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic. You should have your user ID and password ready, and click here to submit a waiver request. Allow one to two billing cycles to see the credit, if applicable.
Please remember to continue practicing social distancing and wash your hands well. We need to continue to flatten the curve! Have a good weekend, Bulldogs.