Cinema Studies Remote Learning FAQs
The Cinema Studies faculty and staff are united to ensure that all students have equal access to their education. We are attentive to the many challenges facing our students and faculty in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and recent wildfires, such as inequitable access to technology, the limitations of technological infrastructures, and/or the displacement that some of our community may be facing.
Below are helpful remote learning FAQs and resources to address questions related to the Department of Cinema Studies classes and operations during the fall term. Please check this page frequently, as we will continue to update this page as more information, ideas, and helpful resources become available.
If you don’t see an answer to your question, let us know by submitting the Remote Learning Feedback Form:
All courses will be conducted through Canvas, but each instructor will employ their own mix of new and familiar tactics, such as: short introductory videos, readings, online screenings, discussion boards, live discussions via Zoom or Canvas, online submission of writing assignments, virtual Office Hours and more. If they haven’t already, your instructors will soon connect with you about the coming term and how they imagine it will operate.
“Online courses” take months of preparation and very different pedagogical plans; last spring was an emergency intervention to ensure continued learning. In support of your educational success and to ease the “digital divide” at this critical time, Cinema Studies faculty are united in developing Canvas courses that:
- Offer originally scheduled courses remotely to ensure timely degree progress
- Provide technologically accessible options for learning content and critical thinking skills
- Focus on developing community and intellectual connections
- Embrace the fact that remote courses may utilize a range of tactics to best support students while maintaining social distance during the COVID-19 pandemic
No. Your instructors are conscious of the new demands that face us all: caring for ourselves and loved ones, juggling new routines, utilizing new technologies, etc. We are committed to supporting you by being as flexible and generous as possible. (The Cinema Studies team is facing similar demands, so your kindness is likewise appreciated!) To provide a quality, remote educational experience, we aim to:
- Prioritize learning over technology
- Make course materials fully accessible online
- Provide flexibility in completing tasks
- Listen and make necessary accommodations when materials or tasks are inaccessible
The Department of Cinema Studies is primarily operating on a remote basis this fall term, but we are still here to help! For general Cinema Studies inquiries or questions, please email the department at email@example.com. You may also call the department at 541-346-8104, leave a message, and the department will return your call as soon as possible. The administrative team is also available to contact directly via email. Visit the contact page for more information.
To contact a faculty member, please refer to the Cinema Studies faculty directory for email addresses and information about virtual office hours.
The Media, Arts & Expression (MAE) Flight Path advisors and coordinator within the Tykeson Hall College and Career Advising Team are currently available to UO students through remote advising. Tykeson advisers will utilize Microsoft Teams and will be available during regular operating hours: Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information, please visit https://advising.uoregon.edu/tykeson for up-to-date advising information and directions on how to schedule a remote advising appointment.
Will CINE courses taken as P/NP count towards the major? Does this include Fundamental and Core CINE classes as well?
Yes! UO approved a Pass/No Pass option for spring 2020, which will remain in effect for fall 2020. The Cinema Studies Department supports this initiative and will allow fall 2020 "P" grades to count toward major requirements (including Fundamental, Core, and Production courses). If interested, please consult with a Media, Arts & Expression advisor to ensure that you are making the right choice for your financial aid requirements and GPA.
The Cinema Studies Lab, located in Knight Library room 267, will be open for drop-in from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday during fall term. The lab has twenty 27” iMacs set aside for student use. All of our computers have standard apps like Microsoft Office, and also editing and media software like Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Avid Media Composer. All computer stations are physically distanced from each other and will be disinfected regularly.
The Equipment Room will be available for checkouts by appointment only. Equipment is available only for students currently enrolled in Cinema Studies Production classes. The Equipment Room will be open for appointments from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. All returned equipment will be thoroughly disinfected before being put back into circulation. More information about available equipment and the equipment reservation process will be coming soon.
In addition to the Cinema Studies Lab on campus the UO Virtual Lab allows access to most frequently used software remotely. The campus virtual lab is comprised of two virtual labs, a general use, 200-person "main" lab and a high-performance, 40-person lab. Both provide access to specialty software for classes that are traditionally only available in a physical computer lab. This includes software you would find in the SSIL Computer lab, SOJC, DSGN, EMU, Libraries and School of Education, among others.
For information about purchasing your own laptop or external hard drives, please review the student technology purchase recommendations. If you have questions or concerns regarding access to computers or software, please let us know in the Remote Learning Feedback Form. The form will be monitored daily to ensure your questions are addressed quickly. If you have specific questions, please contact André Sirois at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kevin May at email@example.com.
Yes! Visit the UO’s Remote Resources for Students website page for information on class resources, academic support, financial support, technology resources, activities and involvement, and staying healthy.
A limited number of webcams and Chromebooks are available for checkout to University of Oregon students to facilitate remote education and improve access while UO offers its courses remotely due to COVID_19. Visit the UO's Technology Checkout for Students website page, which explains how students may check out available equipment for access to remote learning. Check out times may vary depending on the need and the equipment.
If you need help getting access to the internet, there are several low-cost options for students.
The coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of us in different ways. The University of Oregon has resources to support students and employees during this challenging time. Visit https://coronavirus.uoregon.edu/health for information on prevention; health support, services, and resources; helpful health and wellness FAQs; or to talk to the Incident Management Team.
If your question isn’t addressed on this FAQ page or by your professor, please let us know by sharing your question or concern with us using this Remote Learning Feedback Form. You are also welcome to email the department directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Both the feedback form and the email account will be monitored daily to ensure your questions are addressed quickly.
A strong community connection is pivotal at this difficult moment and the UO Cinema Studies team—anchored by an amazingly dedicated staff—is planning fun initiatives to hopefully brighten your days and keep you excited about your education and major. We are so grateful to see the resilience, creativity, and motivation of our community at this challenging time!
The Department of Cinema Studies stands in solidarity with international and underrepresented members of our student body. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let us know.
- UO Coronavirus Information website
- UO COVID-19 FAQ: Academics & Classes
- UO COVID-19 FAQ: University Operations
- UO COVID-19 Building Status Map
- UO Duck Rides
- UO Care Provider Network and Shared Care Network
- UO Health and Wellness
- UO Remote Resources for Students
- UO Information Services: “Going Remote” Technology Resources
- UO Canvas Support Services
- UO Home Internet Options
- UO Loaner Laptop Request
- UO Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success: Academic modifications and support during COVID-19
- UO Adobe Creative Cloud for Students
- UO Zoom Video Conferencing
- Chat live with tech support for online education issues or other tech problems
- UO computer Lab Software Availability
- UO Support for Our International Students
- UO Wildfire Resources
- UO Care Provider Network and Shared Care Network