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My campus is taking about having faculty wear face shields and full PPE while in the classroom in the Fall. I personally am looking forward to lecturing to a fogged up face shield.

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@drb That sounds like a bucket of fun with absolutely no potential problems at all.

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@drb you unionized?

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@vickysteeves
No, there is a union of sorts but Scott Walker outlawed collective bargaining in Wisconsin back in 2010 so it doesn't do a lot of good.

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@drb
Wowowowowowowowowow I'm so sorry. Can your department choose to go online only at least?

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@vickysteeves
Right now the admin is saying no because our fall courses are already scheduled as F2F and students have registered under that situation. This can change if the uni as a whole goes online.

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@drb @vickysteeves
Except for the possibility to dress up like Darth Vader, this sounds very impractical.

Meanwhile... Swedish universities are doing everything on thier enterprise subscription of Zoom: lectures, seminars and even exams.

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@ashwinvis @vickysteeves it's the new business casual!

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@drb @vickysteeves From a teacher to a guy in yellow overalls. Breaking bad saw this coming.

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@drb
Could you cause your campus to talk about adopting OER materials en masse this Fall?

I keep hoping that one of the effects of the coronavirus destroying expected admissions and enrollment numbers, is that people can finally be persuaded to have an entire department with nothing but Creative Commons licensed textbooks. :D Less students? Furloughed adjuncts and grad students? Hows about making 'skool' seem more attractive with free books?

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@abbaxi
That's a good suggestion. Our students pay for their books indirectly through our on campus rental program, funded by student fees. Luckily, our Instructional Resources people already push OER fairly heavily.

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