Online Teaching Resources Overview

The College of Music & Dramatic Arts has prepared a variety of resources for faculty and students to assist in the transition of course materials to an online format. We have also consolidated links for any broader campus or university system resources into this section. You can navigate these resources using the column on the left side of this webpage. This area of the website will be continuously updated as we receive new information and resources we can make available to you. Please bookmark this page!

If a topic does not appear to be covered, please check the Geaux Online Contingency Plan. Our webpage will avoid unnecessary duplication of information already contained in the Geaux Online plan. That plan is created and updated by LSU Online and extensively covers the use of broader university resources such as Moodle, Zoom meetings, online exam proctoring, and more.

 Latest Updates

From the LSU Food Pantry:

To prioritize the safety and wellness of our community and in keeping with the campus response to the COVID-19 virus, we have decided to temporarily transition to prepackaged bags to minimize contact between people as well as with the food we distribute.

Once your form is submitted our staff will review all submissions and fill them in order. Please keep in mind that we will only be able to fill so many orders per day and it may take multiple days for you to receive a response with pickup instructions. Each week we will fill orders using the following priority system.

1: Complete all unfilled orders from the previous week
2: Serve students placing their first pickup bag order
3: Serve all students not in the first two categories in order of submission

Once your order is scheduled to be filled you will receive an email showing your order status as approved and will include your assigned pickup time and instructions for collecting your bag.

Open Food Pantry Form

(myLSU sign-in required)

From Information Technology Services:

Dear Colleagues,

Several of your faculty utilize Moodle mail to send email messages to their students.  Unfortunately, the volume of email messages being generated within Moodle has exceeded the Moodle throughput capacity resulting in delayed delivery.  The messages will eventually be delivered, but delivery times could take up to 24 hours in some cases.  For critical messages that need to be delivered quickly, please ask your faculty to utilize Outlook/Office 365 or another dedicated email platform.

From Information Technology Services:

ITS is continuing to add additional live webinars on a variety of topics to our Remote Work Resources page. Recordings of previous webinars are also available for anyone who is unable to join a live session.

Starting April 15, ITS will be adding a new webinar focused on Zoom security. This training will focus on the best practices for setting up your Zoom meetings in a secure fashion. To participate in these webinars, visit Remote Work Resources and click the "Webinar Access" link on the left hand side at the designated meeting times below.

  • Zoom: How to Prevent Zoom Bombing & Other Best Practices
    • Tuesday, 4/21/20: 2:00 - 2:30pm
      Wednesday, 4/22/20: 1:00 - 1:30pm

From the Division of Strategic Communications:

We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has created significant disruption for LSU students, faculty and staff. We are writing to inform you of grading options that will be adopted only for the spring 2020 semester based on recommendations from the Faculty Senate and Student Government. For the spring 2020 semester only, on a class-by-class basis, you will have the opportunity to elect to have your final grades reported on your transcript as the conventional +/- letter grade you earn in the course or as a Pass/No Credit (P/NC) grade.

If you select to have one or more of your classes moved to a P/NC grading framework, those who earn between an A+ and a C- will receive a “P” on their official transcript (between an A+ and B- for graduate students), and those who earn between a D+ and an F will receive an “NC” on their transcript (between a C+ and F for graduate students). “P” indicates the student passed the course and will receive the established number of credit hours, while “NC” indicates the student was enrolled and completed the course, but will not receive credit for it. Neither the “P” nor the “NC” will affect the student’s GPA.

In the coming days, you will receive additional information on how you can select which courses, if any, you want to designate as P/NC. Many students will prefer to keep the +/- letter grades they have earned, and so, will not require any action. Those who want to change one or more courses to P/NC will need to certify that they understand the implications of doing so. There are potentially significant implications, including: negative effects on academic standing, probationary status, financial aid and scholarships and even graduation. Each student will make their own informed decisions, and we encourage you to seek guidance from your academic advisor if there are questions or concerns.

It is important to note that this option is not available to students in the LSU Online Program, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and the LSU Law Center. Those enrolled in the School of Veterinary Medicine and LSU Law Center will have a different set of rules/grading options and that information will be communicated to those students. The LSU Online Program is a distinct set of programs that run separately from the regular semester cycle.

Again, we appreciate that this has been an unusual semester for each of you, and we are inspired by your tenacity and commitment to your studies. We wish you all the best as we enter the last several weeks of the semester, and encourage you to remain focused on your coursework.

From Information Technology Services:

Over the last few weeks, several issues have been reported related to Zoom and how it can be leveraged for malicious actions. Zoom has been very responsive to each of the issues raised and has worked diligently to address each issue. A complete list of changes implemented by Zoom can be found here.

As with any product, how one utilizes that technology is just as critical as the product itself.  To minimize the potential for malicious use of Zoom or other conferencing technology, it is strongly recommended that users hosting meetings through Zoom take precautions to ensure that the meeting participants.

Are limited to either authenticated LSU users or the meetings are password protected
Have their audio and video managed by the host where applicable.
Are muted or removed if they are a cause of disruption (intentional or unintentional).

For more information, please visit the Zoom Overview article available here, or watch the Zoom Webinar held by ITS. For any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact LSU ITS at servicedesk@lsu.edu