Monday, March 30, 2020

Dear GT Computing colleagues,

Welcome, um, back! Today marks the first day of moving into a challenging new phase of our operations this week: online classes.

Moving all of our classes online so quickly is an incredibly difficult process. I’d like to echo the advice of our provost here: the most important thing to do in the next few days is to establish a good channel of two-way communication with your students.

As we move forward, we will hit snags, some completely beyond our individual control. We will need both prompt feedback and cooperation from everyone as we adjust. I have seen the resourcefulness and resilience of our staff and faculty in the last few weeks, and I know that we will eventually be just fine. In the meantime, I’d like to ask everyone to react as problem-solvers, and to stay both patient and polite. A little kindness makes a big difference in a tough situation, even in the face of angry piazza posts and inevitable misunderstandings.

Please also be aware that the Institute is trying to understand how students might be using Canvas in different courses during this time in order to spot issues quickly. You shouldn’t notice any difference, but I thought you should know.

In other news, the Institute has issued an updated list of which Georgia Tech services require VPN access. Please check the list. You can also find a link to the list on our business continuity webpage, which we continue to update.

Charles L. Isbell, Jr.

John P. Imlay, Jr. Dean

College of Computing

Georgia Tech

EA: Alicia Richhart,, 404-894-8357

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