TA Resources

Digital Resources

A message from Jennifer Osorio, Librarian for Latin American Studies, Iberian Studies and Ethnic Studies: 

Hi all,

Hope everyone is well! Just a reminder that if you are teaching next quarter and need digital alternatives, I may be able to help. Please let me know so I can look into what’s available. Not all print books are available as e-books, for example, but so far we’ve been able to find them for most requests.

Also, many vendors are opening up content that was previously behind paywalls and there is a list here that is being updated as announcements are made: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vT3pF6oX93Ok0GqSvQuqOhQRTVF7lgxzq5GS3alUZsWyz2Q6SS3fl3wyMc1-XBhcjMQFoOXGhRZzGRT/pub

Best wishes,

Jennifer Osorio
Head, International Studies
Librarian for Latin American Studies, Iberian Studies and Ethnic Studies
UCLA Library

Online Instruction

A message from Professor Eric Avila:

Dear Colleagues,

I just sat through a two-hour emergency zoom meeting with the Dean and the division chairs.  Here a few take-away points that might be helpful:

1) For faculty giving an opt-out option for the final exam or paper and utilizing Turn-It-In, you may avoid the necessity of an email exchange with each student through the following strategy: have students upload a page stating their information and that they are taking the opt-out option.  In theory, you get either a paper or the statement from each person with minimal effort.

2) all computer labs remain open at this time.  Staff provides a service to have your lecture recorded if you choose that option.

3) All instructors for the spring quarter, lecturers and ladder-rank faculty, are strongly advised to make sure the department chair has access to your Gradebook.  We can work with Isamara or SS CERT to facilitate this arrangement.

4) FOR THOSE OF US TEACHING IN THE SPRING AND TRANSITIONING TO ONLINE INSTRUCTION:

Please remember to GO SLOW and TAKE IT EASY:  we can’t expect to duplicate the in-class learning environment online and we should be prepared for lags, lapses, and loopholes. Use the first week of the quarter to ease into the class material, taking time to acclimate students and TAs to the online environment. FLEXIBILITY IS KEY.  Don’t feel obliged to present lectures as detailed as your in-class lectures and don’t feel obliged to run the entire length of class time.  Try to focus on the major points and main content, without overwhelming students with course material.  Online lectures are good, but audio podcasts are OK too (some students prefer them).

5) it might be a good idea to check your home internet speed (speedtest.com is helpful here); ideally you should have internet speed of 100 mbps download/15 mbps upload.

6) when using Zoom, please make sure you are using the UCLA-licensed version of Zoom, accessible only to UCLA faculty and students.

Go to https://ucla.zoom.us/ and log on with your UCLA logon.  Please do not go to https://zoom.us to create an account, as you will not be correctly provisioned a UCLA licensed Zoom account. If you have any questions about your account, please reach out to your local support.

Online Teaching Resources

An email from the Center for the Advancement of Teaching, TA Training Program:

https://mailchi.mp/teaching.ucla.edu/online-teaching-resources-for-teaching-assistants?e=41f715f5f3

Parking

A message from UCLA Transportation:

Dear Parking Permit Holder,

As you are probably aware, Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles ordered all residents to stay home starting March 19, through April 19, 2020, in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. As a result, UCLA is suspending all nonessential on-campus operations.

With the closure of the campus, courtesy parking is available for employees and students who must come to campus to support essential services during this period in order to reduce reliance on public transportation and avoid crowds. Additionally, employees and students with parking permits will not be charged for parking during this period, even those using payroll deduction.

As a reminder, payroll deduction parking permits are paid in the month following your permit effective dates. Understanding that a large number of staff on payroll deduction did not use their permit for the full month of March, UCLA Transportation is pro-rating the deductions. As a result of these efforts, customers can expect the following:

  • Biweekly employees will only see one deduction in April, not two.
  • Monthly employees will have their scheduled deduction cut in half.
  • Deductions for future months will similarly be pro-rated or waived, until the campus resumes normal operations.

Please do not cancel your parking permit at this time. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact us at transportation@ts.ucla.edu. Our staff will be monitoring email remotely to continue to serve you.

Sincerely,

UCLA Transportation

Staff Contact

Remote Meeting via Zoom (Teleconferences/Audio Calls)
Zoom is UCLA’s choice for video and web conferencing and it’s services are provided in a simple, easy-to-use format.
  • To access Zoom, go to https://ucla.zoom.us/profile
  • Login using your UCLA Logon ID
  • Join Meeting and type the meeting ID for the appropriate staff member. It will take about 1 minute for the call to connect.
Ellie Hernández
Sandy Garcia          
Isamara Ramirez
Department Slack 

Stay At Home

A message from Chicana/o Studies Department Chair:

UPDATED PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDANCE ON AGE AND EVENTS

The State of California has recommended that all individuals age 65 and above remain in their homes.  The University STRONGLY recommends that faculty and staff to whom this guidance applies remain home and avoid coming to campus. The information regarding the effect of the virus on older patients suggests that this is a matter of serious concern.

The CDC has recommended that all gatherings of 50 or more persons be cancelled for the next eight weeks.

FOOD SERVICE

Food service is an open question after the Mayoral Directive that all restaurants close for in-person service.  I understand that Plateia will be open for delivery and take out, but unsure about North Campus and Lu Valle— we are awaiting guidance.  Those staff on duty should consider this when planning for lunch on days you are on campus.

SOFTWARE AND REMOTE INSTRUCTION

See the attached notice from EVC-P Carter regarding the use of instructional technology and software for remote platformed teaching this week and for the Spring Quarter.

VANDALISM AND SECURITY

The Public Affairs Building experienced a break-in over Saturday night that resulted in significant vandalism in a stairwell and bathroom.  At least one exterior door had been propped open by an extension cord, while another had been intentionally wedged open with paper when the building was closed.

PLEASE BE AWARE OF BUILDING SECURITY WHEN ENTERING AND EXITING. The significantly lower presence of faculty, staff and students presents a tempting opportunity for mischief.

The situation continues to evolve rapidly and I will do my best to keep everyone informed.  I am so grateful for the collective efforts we are undertaking to be safe and responsible in this stressful time—thank you!