University Teaching-Related FAQ’s
For the official Penn State teaching-related FAQ’s, see the Keep Teaching FAQ page.
For the official Penn State FAQ’s about topics related to teaching (e.g., health and safety in classrooms, mask policies, etc.), see Classes and Academics FAQs for faculty.
College of IST Teaching-Related FAQ’s
For additional FAQ’s generated in College of IST Town Halls and not yet posted to the University’s Keep Teaching FAQ page, continue reading.
Q: Will students be able to hear me speaking when I am teaching in person with my mask on?
A: Bottom line: Check it out for yourself. Don your mask, take a colleague to your classroom, speak as you would during a class session, and determine how you would need to adjust. Several faculty members at Roanoke College did this experiment with multiple types of masks and a number of instructors with varying vocal (volume) capacities. They discovered that all instructors were able to be heard across the room with a mask. While most who engaged in the experiment preferred cloth masks, shields are also an option if students in your course need to be able to read your lips. Do your own experiment, so that you know what works for you.
Q: Where can I find information on classroom and syllabus guidelines related to COVID-19?
A: See University guidance in Box.
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