Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFE)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Teaching online FAQs

According to University Counsel Jennifer Glad, yes. Tell them if you are recording and what you plan to do with the recording, e.g. "I will upload this recording to Cal Poly Pomona’s streaming video server and then will place a link in Blackboard for you to use."

See the Student Academic Success site:

Vital Source Helps gives current CPP students access to up to 7 free e-books through the end of the semester. To use this resource, go to login or create an account with your CPP email address, then click on the “Explore” tab.

RedShelf Responds gives current CPP students access to up to 7 free e-books through the end of the semester. To use this resource, go to log in or create a RedShelf account with your CPP email address and search for books by author, title or ISBN.

Students can still rent or buy course materials that aren’t covered by these programs online and in the store (please check our website for updates before coming to the store). Students can look up books and options for purchasing/renting via our Compare page: Using this page ensures that even if they order from another source, the campus will still get a small commission. If students rented books from CPP, they should check their email for a separate message that explains current options for returning rentals or buying them out to keep.

For additional information on how the bookstore is responding to the COVID-19 situation, please see this FAQ page

We recommend that faculty choose test settings in Blackboard to foster as much academic integrity as possible: Limited but reasonable test availability, limited but reasonable time to complete the test, randomized questions, for multiple choice questions randomized answers, mixed question types, and one question appearing at a time. If you have a large enough question pool, you can even give different tests to different students.

Give your students very clear instructions and "rules" for taking the test, even if you think they should know. For example: "This test is closed-book and closed notes. Your work must be entirely your own. Do not seek help from any other person or from any other resource. You may use a standard calculator but not your smart phone's calculator."

It's also helpful to give them a rationale for the rules that you describe. Why, in these days of easy collaboration and endless information available (not to mention in a crisis), it is so important that their work on a test is all their own? How does it benefit them to follow your rules?

Gently but directly remind students that cheating - breaking the test rules - is a personal choice to do something profoundly disappointing. Finally, if you do have evidence of academic dishonesty, please report it to Student Conduct & Integrity.

Zoom bombing is when uninvited guests crash your Zoom meeting to disrupt real attendees with disturbing and/or violent imagery. Visit the following resources to learn how you can avoid these malicious acts from disrupting your class:

To further address this concern, the Zoom default settings of certain features will be modified to proactively minimize the risk of unintentional disruption of a course session or meeting. As of Sunday March 29 the default settings will be set as follows:

  • Disable - Screen sharing (Disabled for participants; The host can still screen share.)
  • Disable - Shared annotations
  • Disable - Join Before Host (Already disabled by default)
  • Disable - Embed Password in meeting link for one-click join
  • Enable - Require Encryption for 3rd Party Endpoints (H323/SIP) - Refers to physical video conference boxes/rooms only

In response to county and state orders, the University Library building and the 24-hour computer lab will be closed until further notice. The due date for all checked out Library materials is now May 22, 2020.

Students for whom the closure of the 24-hour computer lab poses significant technological challenges should immediately email They may also call the Health Alert Hotline at 909-869-2500, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The campus has a limited number of loaner laptops available to students