by Jeremiah Grabowski, Dean of Online Learning

Over the last 24 hours, we have been extremely busy researching solutions to issues that have come forward. I’m happy to announce there are several solutions in today’s update.

Below are the targeted resources we’d like everyone to complete. As always, if you want more resources they can be found here:

Zoom Resources
Estimated time required: 10-15 minutes

  • Find your Personal Room link
    Go to: – click “sign-in” – click “Personal Meeting Room” (top of screen) – then “copy the invitation” (middle right of screen)
    *Please save this meeting room invitation in a Word document. This is the login information you will be sending to your students. You’ll be copy/pasting it into emails to inform your students how to access their classes.
  • Make a test Zoom call
    Now that you have your meeting room link, test it out! Send the invite to colleagues in the department, your friends, family, kids, whoever. Just test it out to make sure it works.
    *Remember, everyone can access Zoom via a phone, the dial-in information is in the invite
  • If necessary, review the “One Minute Video Introductions” video series


Canvas Resources
Estimated time required: 10-30 minutes



 Issues We’re Researching

  • How to use a whiteboard (for handwriting equations) with Zoom
    Answer: The IT department has identified several classrooms that will allow faculty to use the document cameras with Zoom. This will be part of the Zoom training offered on Monday and Tuesday.


Announcements about Accessibility and the Learning Center

The Office of Accessibility Resources remains open and ready to help.

Students with disabilities have the right to reasonable accommodations, regardless of whether classes are hosted in person or online.

Accommodations for students currently registered with OAR remain in place.

Extended time on tests, exams, and quizzes is still possible in the online environment. Please continue to schedule your exams online as usual. Your instructors will receive notification of your exam time and accommodations when you do so, and they will be able to extend the time for your online exams.

If you receive testing accommodations and would prefer to continue using the OAR testing space, be sure to note that fact on the exam scheduling form.

You may find you have different accommodation needs as we make the shift to online course delivery. If you encounter disability-related barriers in the weeks ahead, you are encouraged to reach out to us at /716-829-7728 to talk about accommodation possibilities and other ways we can support you.

Information on Tutoring: 

The Learning Center is operating as usual. All scheduled peer and professional tutoring sessions will be offered on campus during our usual business hours of 8:30-4:30 M-F. We continue to accept new tutoring requests, and students can find a tutor request form here: Those students who are not able to come to campus can use, our free 24/7 online tutoring service. A link on your course Canvas page will take you to their site. 


Writing specialists Chris Jarmark and Mary Applegate continue to provide one-on-one assistance in person and digitally. Students can make appointments with them on Genbook here:


If you have questions about tutoring please contact Colin Eager at or 829-7769.




Jeremiah Grabowski, PhD
Dean of Online Learning
Online Learning

120 Koessler Administration Building
716-829-8392 |

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