If you need help with online teaching or other challenges in academia arising from the COVID-19 crisis, we have prepared this FAQ to get you started.

Questions tagged [covid-19]

Specifically for questions relating to the current situation of the planetary Covid-19 Pandemic and how academic institutions and staff may be affected.

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Who might lose a job in academia due to covid19?

With covid19 continues to spread, this might affect the universities in the next semesters as the number of students might drop and many universities are offering cheap online degrees compared with ...
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How can I best adapt my seminar slides for a virtual presentation?

I was recently invited to give a seminar talk at another institution. Ordinarily I would have travelled there for the day and given my talk in person. However, due to the travel restrictions imposed ...
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COVID-19 impact on university tuition fee [closed]

If US universities switch to online education during the Coronavirus crisis, what will the impact it will have on tuition fees?
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My professor is not teaching his online course himself, but uses publicly available videos instead. Is this appropriate?

I'm taking a graduate course online this semester, and have noticed a few things: Professor has assigned us a mid-term, a final, and a research paper as the coursework for the class. These are the ...
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Chair Offers COVID-19 Compensation… But Asks ME to Put Out a Number

The chair of my department has very generously offered to try and secure funding for some of the part-time and adjunct professors working in the department as compensation for adapting our originally ...
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Can I still ask my prospective advisor (guide) for a confirmation letter in the middle of Covid-19

I am a masters of mathematics student in Asia and I wrote to some professors for PH D position in number theory. One of the professors in France said yes to me but he said that I should look for other ...
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How should faculty implement STEM classes that require hands-on lab experience in online learning platforms given COVID-19 pandemic?

I am a STEM teaching assistant. I know some professors were using physical class materials in engineering classes. How do you think they should respond to COVID-19-forced online education and still ...
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Can PhD programs rescind their PhD offers from this cycle due to COVID-19?

We're not near the April 15th date yet, when PhD offers have to be decided on by students. Could PhD programs, say, in the United States, rescind the offers that are not yet accepted by students? ...
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Postdoc position “on hold” due to covid-19

I am currently in a job in the US (on STEM OPT). I had a postdoc offer from a large US university that was supposed to start April 16. I signed an offer letter for a two year contract. We were in the ...
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Principal Investigator would not let me publish conference paper. What should i do?

So a little bit of background first. I work in research and while i am fairly new to the profession ( going to be 10 months soon ), i am nearing the completion of a Conference paper. This is my ...
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Acknowledging local government for quarantine measures

It looks like I may completely write a paper while in coronavirus-related quarantine. Would it be appropriate to thank my local government in the acknowledgements? If I'm honest with myself, I don't ...
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How will the COVID-19 pandemic affect graduate admissions? [closed]

I have recently learned that all my internship offers were cancelled due to COVID-19, and I never felt this anxious before. People tell me I should not be worring since everyone is affected, but in my ...
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Has the rate of papers uploaded to arXiv changed due to Covid-19? [closed]

I'm wondering how much Covid-19 affected scientific productivity, if it affected productivity negatively at all (c.f. Newton actually did a lot of his most important work while the University of ...
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COVID Effect on Enrollment [closed]

I've been wondering how COVID-19 will affect enrollment in US universities. Typically, in economic recessions, which will seem to accompany COVID-19, university and college enrollment tends to go up. ...
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academic job offers during Coronavirus

I signed a contract for an academic faculty position in the US in February. Now with the pandemic affecting universities, do you think it is possible that they rescind the offer? Is it appropriate to ...
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COVID-19 - how do I navigate this situation with my advisor?

I am a Master's student in epidemiology. It's an insane time in our field right now. Of course, I find what's going on fascinating (that's why I am in this field), but extremely stressful as well. I ...
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How does the COVID-19 crisis affect durations of peer review and editorial handling?

One question we often get on this site in one form or the other is: Is my paper under review (or similar) for too long and if yes, how should I react? Now, suppose I have gone through all the steps to ...
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Asking for status of faculty position search during coronavirus pandemic

I applied for a faculty position and did a video interview. It was supposed that they let me know if I have been selected for campus or not. In the middle of the interview with other candidates, this ...
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What methods can be used in online exams to genuinely test the students' knowledge and capabilities?

There has been a lot of talk about online teaching in relation to covid-19 and campus shutdowns. This question isn't about that though: my question is about what ways online examinations should be ...
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Future PhD applications and COVID -19 [closed]

How do you think next year's PhD applications would be affected by the COVID-19? Will we be seeing less numbers or more? Will they be more competitive? Edit: mainly asking for applicants to the US ...
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Can I and how to offer to translate papers (on COVID-19)?

In light of the recent pandemic of COVID-19 spreading in the world, there have been many Chinese papers with only English abstracts published in Chinese journals. Some western papers have cited the ...
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I cannot graduate from high school because the school is closed. Can I still start college or university? [closed]

I was recently accepted by a college or university. I was planning on graduating from high school soon and then enrolling in college. My high school has just announced that it will be closed for a ...
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Tips for transition to online classrooms given university shutdowns in response to COVID-19

Given the recent shutdowns of many universities across the world, there's an increased interest in online education techniques. In my case, I am a TA for a quantum chemistry class, and I'm finding it ...
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Remote lecturing: best software approach [duplicate]

With the recent outbreak of covid-19 many of us will need to think about remote means of teaching. The option for me that seems ideal would be the capacity to broadcast exactly what is on my screen ...
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Can I put an invited talk on my CV if the conference was canceled?

I was invited to give a talk at an important conference, which has now been canceled due to coronavirus. Can I still list the fact that I was invited on my CV, with a parenthetical note? It's not the ...
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Creating a secure test environment for a programming lab practical

I'm a senior TA helping out my instructor with restructuring the course in light of the coronavirus causing in-class cancellations at our university. We have tools allowing our students to do their ...
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In this time of crisis, would the journals Nature and Science prioritize papers about COVID-19?

Would Nature, Science or other leading academic journals prioritize publishing work on COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that has caused more than 3k deaths so far? If so, has this happened before in ...
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Coronavirus, school lockdown and future uncertainty [closed]

I am a master student expected to graduate in April. I want to work as an R/A for my thesis advisor after graduation and want to do a PhD afterwards. However, the entire school is closed and I cannot ...
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How to detect cheating when students take online quizzes or exams from home?

I am currently teaching a basic R programming course with about 80 students. Under normal circumstances, a core course assessment component is a programming exam, which is done in the computer lab ...
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How to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak while organizing a conference?

I am an organizer for a graduate student conference in Mathematics occurring in April. My co-organizers and I are debating on a plan for what to do if the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States ...