About 2020-07-06T18:51:28+00:00

Summer/Fall 2020:

Coming to campus after July 6th? Here is what you need to do

Remote Teaching Support:
Pratt Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) Remote Teaching Offerings (RTO) in July  HERE


FAQ for faculty & staff HERE 
FAQ for students HERE 

Back to Pratt webpage HERE


All important emails sent to faculty and staff from 5/20 onwards are archived HERE


Provost’s June 25 Fall announcement email HERE
How do college finances work in a crisis? Chronicle article HERE

NY State information here


DAILIES will be back in the fall!
As/when there is news about the fall semester, we will email you.
Thank you all so much for the incredible work you have done this semester, especially over the last 6 weeks.
Wherever you are, we hope that you are safe and well. Have a great summer, you deserve it!

– Jane


Thursday 5/6 updates: 

Pratt’s email to students:

Email from President Bronet:


Thursday 4/30 updates: 

Pratt is preparing a faculty survey to send out week of May 11th for your online teaching feedback. If you have suggestions of questions that the survey should include, please let Jane know before Monday. Note: This is different from the HR survey that went out yesterday


Tuesday 4/28 updates: 

Weekly Research News here 
Please note the deadline for the Art Writers Grant Program is May 20th


Friday 4/24 updates: 

A message of gratitude from President Bronet


Thursday 4/23 updates: 

Virtual presentations by finalists for Dean, School of Art.

RSVP if you would like to attend any of these online presentations, RSVP is required for you to receive the Zoom link.

Monday April 27, 12:00–1:30pm
Thursday, April 30, 10:30am–12:00pm
Monday, May 4, 12:00–1:30pm
Friday, May 8, 12:00–1:30 pm

Each candidate will prepare a 40-minute talk which outlines their vision for art and allied disciplines within the School of Art and in the context of Pratt Institute as a diverse community encompassing art, design, architecture and liberal arts; their teaching experience and pedagogical approach, research, and/or professional work; and their administrative philosophy.

Q&A will follow the presentation.

A link to candidate materials and the Zoom meeting will be sent to RSVPs in advance of the interviews. A follow-up survey will be sent to all attendees asking for feedback on each candidate.


Wednesday 4/22 updates: 

The SGA had a Town Hall meeting with President/Provost/VPs yesterday. See here for a PDF of the discussion (scroll down and you will see the link to the PDF) https://pratt.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/sga

Research News, see here for the latest in grant opportunities!


Tuesday 4/21 updates: 

COVID-19 Emotional Health Resources from HR

During this time of global crisis, feelings of anxiety, depression and worry are very common and normal. There are a number of resources available to help you and your loved ones manage your mental and emotional health. All hotlines and apps are free and confidential.

Ten Percent Happier – https://www.tenpercent.com/coronavirussanityguide
The City of New York – https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/en/
Cigna Emotional Support Hotline (for Cigna members) – 1-866-912-1687
UMR/UHC Emotional Support Hotline (Free for All) – 1-866-342-6892


Monday 4/20 updates: 

The Teaching and Learning Center Zoom meets are now twice a week (Monday and Friday at 10 am) to talk about how things are going in life and online classes and talk through any questions that might come up along the way. See here for details:



Friday 4/17 updates: 

Pratt CTL is running a weekly series entitled “Resilient Teaching Online” starting next Tuesday, April 21 through Thursday, May 21
With Pratt’s shift to online teaching continuing through summer sessions, we’re hoping to keep accessible, sustainable pedagogies at the forefront of our focus to offer help for anyone planning a Summer 2020 class.

The sessions will open each week on Tuesdays, have a synchronous Zoom meeting on Thursdays at 10am, with various elements for interaction in between.

Stipends are available for our part-time faculty who participate in the series. 

Here is a link to the RSVP form


Thursday 4/16 updates: 

New Peer to Peer Sessions:
Facilitator: Harriet Salmon
Peer to Peer session for Life Study Classes
When: Thursday 4/23 at 10 am
How: email Harriet Salmon to register (hsalmon@pratt.edu)

Peer to Peer session for TECH Classes
When: Friday 4/24 at 1 pm
How: email Harriet Salmon to register (hsalmon@pratt.edu)

Facilitator: Dina Weiss
Peer to Peer sessions for Fine Arts Classes (general)
Tuesday. 4/21 at 3 pm
Wednesday 4/22 at 10 am
Thursday, 4/23 at 10 am
How: email Dina Weiss to register (dweiss13@pratt.edu)


Monday 4/14 updates: 

The Teaching and Learning Center has Zoom meets 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10 am) to talk about how things are going in life and online classes and talk through any questions that might come up along the way. See here for details:



Tuesday 4/7 updates: 

Want to connect with colleagues as to how your online classes are going? Pratt’s Teaching and Learning Center has Zoom coffee meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10 am – sign up here:

Pratt’s Teaching and Learning Center has resources to help here:


Monday 4/6 updates: 

From Dean’s Office:
Some of you are aware the NYC Department of Education announced a ban on Zoom. The IT team tells me the DOE was using a free version of Zoom. We are using the paid enterprise version of Zoom, which includes security features which were activated by our IT team. IT has worked to tighten up security by default to prevent zoom-bombing and other disruptions. There is still an issue with encryption, but they tell me no communication tool is totally secure.

In lieu of Zoom you could use: Google Meet, Skype, or record the talk in Kaltura Personal capture.
For best and secure practices with Zoom, the IT team has also updated the telepresence link. Make sure you look at your settings.
If for some reason you or your faculty encounter any problems or security breaches, please contact the helpdesk asap


Wednesday 4/1 updates: 

Zoom: resources/tutorials here

Zoom-bombing, in this time of disruption, there has been an increased likelihood that you may have uninvited attendees show up in your meetings and deliberately try to derail it. During the COVID-19 period, educators are reporting incidents of “Zoom-bombing” or “Zoom trolls.” The following four tips are provided to help you continue with your synchronous instruction in Zoom without the burden of uninvited attendees.


If you use Zoom, you are encouraged to follow tips 1-3:

Tip #1: This Too Shall Pass
Many educators have used synchronous tools like Zoom for years without experiencing this issue. Once our period of disruption has passed, you can loosen up the reigns on your meeting settings.

Tip #2: Trust Your Students
This is a very stressful time for students too. While you should take precautions to ensure your Zoom meetings are attended only by your students, be careful that your students don’t interpret your actions as a sign of your distrust in them. Be open with them about what has been happening and let them know that you’ll be taking extra precautions to create a safe, welcoming environment for them.

Tip #3: Share Links in Your Password-Protected Course
This tip should be all you need to do! Zoom-bombing happens when a meeting link has been shared publicly. Avoid posting your links in a public place like on a website or even sharing them in an email. There are ways to make that link easily available to your students, but not so easily available to other people.
You are strongly advised to share your link to the Zoom session in your password-protected course so it is only accessed by students enrolled in your class.



Tuesday 3/31 updates: 

We’ve been hearing the peer to peer sessions were helpful and will be reviewing if we should have another round available in a week or so, then you can all check in with each other as to how it’s going – we will be in touch on that soon!


Monday 3/30 updates: 



Pass/Fail Grading
Numerous colleges and universities around the country have moved to a Pass/Fail grading system for spring semester final grades, and many faculty and students have requested that Pratt do so as well. Following discussions with Academic Senate leadership, Student Government representation, members of Provost’s Council, the registrar, and Pratt’s deans, all faculty will record final semester grades on a Pass/Fail basis. This applies to all undergraduate and graduate courses.

Student Course Evaluations
In addition to freeing faculty from the fine-grained work of letter grading under these conditions, we wish to ease any concerns regarding student course evaluations this spring. We will implement student course evaluations, as usual, this semester, but all spring semester evaluations will be “bracketed” as not bearing on future faculty applications for reappointment, promotion, and tenure.

From the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL):
Our virtual Coffee Meets have been a lovely place to work out some of the victories and challenges faculty are experiencing in this move to classes in the digital world. We figure they’ll be even more essential in the first week of online classes. To that end, links to our Google Meets for the upcoming week are included below. Please forward them to your faculty to join.

Monday, March 30, 2020 10-11am

ZOOM update from Dean’s Office
“Pratt invited us all to join the Institute Zoom account this past week.
At the point when we joined, the account was not fully set up, and one could only schedule 40 minute meetings tops (like in the free Zoom version).
Now, the account is fully set up, and we can schedule unlimited minute meetings– but your account does not automatically update itself as I imagined, you have to take a simple action: 1- Sign out of your Pratt Zoom account.  2- Then sign back in at https://pratt.zoom.us/ under ‘configure your account/sign in. On your settings page your account should say ‘licensed’ not ‘basic,’ that’s how you’ll know you are all set for the unlimited meetings.”


Friday 3/27 updates: 

Chronicle of Higher Ed info packet
Coping With Coronavirus: How faculty members can support students in traumatic times.
See PDF here:


Here’s a fun thing you can do with Zoom – create a virtual background!
(really good if your house is a mess!)
– Open Zoom
– Go to top left where it says Zoom.US
– Open preferences
– Select “virtual background”
Tutorial here


Thursday 3/26 updates: 

From IT: To facilitate communications with students in China, we have added the alternate email addresses for all students displayed on the Course Roster tool on the Telepresence Cloud Kit.
In addition, we have unlocked the “email” field in the LMS to permit the students in China to update their email temporarily inside of the LMS to a personal email address.
This would allow faculty to use the email function IF
 their students have updated their email addresses.
We will leave the field unlocked until April 30th for edits. Any email addresses entered in the LMS will only be available in the LMS. Once we resume on-campus hours the Pratt email addresses will be resynced to the LMS.  

Additionally, in response to questions about whether email sent from a Gmail account can be opened by students in China, the answer is yes.  So our faculty can use their Pratt email accounts to send email to these alternate addresses.


Wednesday 3/25 updates: 

Zoom has been added as online teaching option for your courses. Go to your Pratt Gmail inbox and to the right you will see a blue camera icon, click, authorize and go! Any problems, call IT on 718.636.3765

Staying positive and finding opportunity in adversity are important but it’s also important to acknowledge our feelings of loss. As we adjust to our new normal and look to build something new, let’s also make space for our grief.⠀

Contact the Counseling Center (718.687.5356), @crisistextline and “NYC Well” to talk it out.

From Provost Pillow:
You may be receiving student requests for tuition refunds. The Institute has one consistent message regarding this, to be found here:
Please direct student inquiries to this FAQ, rather than attempting to respond to such requests yourself.

Q: What do I do if a student is not communicating/showing up for online class?
A: Report via Starfish (like you would usually)

SEE link below for guidelines as to what materials student should/should not be using in their “home” studios:


Tuesday 3/24 updates: 

If your students have finance related questions, they should email
Executive Director
Student Financial Services and Compliance
Nedi Goga ngoga@pratt.edu

If the visitor you were planning on coming to your class can visit remotely, still invite them! paperwork goes to Lisa as usual.

Many of you have requested ZOOM.
IT are establishing an institutional membership.
We will post here as soon as this is available.
You can also check here:

For faculty/staff who have questions about online security during our transition to remote learning, you can reference Google’s intellectual property policy here: https://policies.google.com/terms?hl=en&gl=uk#toc-content 
And, if you choose, you can edit your Google privacy settings here: 


This week (March 23rd) is Study Week

One of the reasons for Study Week is so that you are available to attend remote help sessions, and for us to work with you and help you to develop your online classes. Therefore, it will help you to find out what your students’ circumstances are….

Email your students and ask the following:

1 – What art supplies traditional/non-traditional materials will you have access to for the rest of the semester? Examples of non-traditional materials: Cardboard, tinfoil, rubber bands, yarn, paperclips, gift wrapping paper, and any recycled materials such as plastic bottles/food containers

2 – What type of space do you have access to work in for your studio and tech projects?

3 – What is your experience with digital imaging software such as Photoshop?

4 – How familiar are you are in using teaching technologies (Pratt’s LMS, Google Hangouts/Meet Classroom)?

5 – Do you have a computer at home, a microphone, and a camera? 6- Do you have a stable internet connection at home

7 – What is the time zone for where you will be living for the rest of the semester?

8 – Are you experiencing anything related to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak that might affect how you participate in the course?

9 – Is there anything else you’d like me to know at this po

View our most recent Newsletter here

General Guidelines
Please check our dedicated page: Fine Arts Tips and Resources for Online Teaching 



The Provost’s Office has now launched a Guide to Online Teaching

This Facebook Group also has a wealth of information and ideas for teaching studio online:

We encourage you to learn and practice the technology before you re-jigger your course content. It will help to know the new context in which you will be teaching.

BEFORE your first online class meets, contact your students (see the list of questions above) to find out where they are located and what level of access they have to space, art supplies, etc. 

Be mindful of the kinds of materials that are SAFE for students to use “at home” (no dust, no fumes, no flammables!). 

All of your online classes will happen in real-time. This means that you will remotely meet your class according to the same schedule. If you meet at 9 am on Thursday, this is when you will remotely meet them.

GMeet allows you to record the entire class – this is important if you have students who are in different time zones. These students will not attend class in real-time, they will view your recording of the class and then you can connect with them via email.  

If you have students in your class who are located in China, we suggest you record your GMeet sessions. Then share the recorded file, along with any supporting class documents such as readings or links, via the LMS platform (because the Goggle Suite has been blocked in China, you will need to share class content files with them via LMS).

There is no expectation that you spend your entire class video conferencing with your students!

You should meet your class at the beginning of class, but then it is up to you if you set them a task and a time to check back in with them later during class time. You can also meet with smaller groups of students remotely, and/or require them to meet remotely in smaller groups to discuss, critique, etc.

You can also record lectures etc. ahead of class time and ask students to view them before you meet.

Once you are familiar with the technology, you will see that there are many options as to how you can run your class, for example:

  • Google Classroom has a chat feature (as does GMeet) and links to a GDrive class folder where you and your students can upload images, documents etc.
  • GMeet also has a mobile phone app, this is helpful as a student can walk the class around their sculpture (for example) during a critique session.
  • GMeet allows you to share your computer screen with the class so that you can present a PowerPoint and other materials located on your desktop


The IT department is available to help you 7 days a week, 8 am-10 pm. Email services@pratt.edu for a training appointment. 
718.636.3765 for troubleshooting.

For those of you that are comfortable using technology, you will find all you need if you go to Google Drive and look for the Google Classroom icon, this allows you to set up a class, invite students, and, via the linked platform of GMeet (also known as Hangouts Meet), to video-Conference with them. We encourage you to begin exploring this platform, and practice using it with friends and family.

If you already use LMS, see here for Big Blue Button the video-conferencing option that syncs with LMS


(It may seem obvious but best to  check and ask your students to check also)

  • Internet Access: make sure you have a good connection
  • Headphones! Otherwise, you may get ear-splitting sonic feedback
  • Laptop/Desktop and charger
  • Cell Phone and charger
  • Install / Download all necessary platforms/tools 
    • You may need to update computer software so allow time for that before your first online class.


We understand that there are huge challenges with teaching tech and studio classes remotely. We are meeting remotely with Area Coordinators this week and will also be sending them sample ideas (eg, below) and resources that they will share with faculty in their areas. 

We also encourage Area Coordinators to meet remotely with faculty members next week to brainstorm.

Sculpture EXAMPLE: Woodworking I: Build a Bench for your Mobile Device:  emulate the Biscuit Joiner and Domino Joiner with thick paper or cardboard. Make the cuts out and score the paper and cardboard to make the joints. 

Printmaking EXAMPLE:  Relief I & II: Room Rubbing Composition: Choose up to 20 items and surfaces that have a lot of texture.Use any size paper, for “ink” you can use a crayon, colored pencil with a dull point, dry sponge with colored spices such as Tumeric.

Drawing EXAMPLE: Drawing I & II: Materials with “baggage”, and your ability to transform themPick a room in your space – i.e. Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedroom, and select 3-5 items and use those for mark-making/drawing tools. Now make an ephemeral drawing at any scale using these tools and document it with your phone/camera. Keep in mind to conserve your resources and reuse your materials. Journal about your experience of working with these non-traditional materials

Understanding how to use the technology is one thing, figuring out how to transition your course content to an online environment is another!

Everybody, including our students, will understand that the first week or so of online classes are going to be highly experimental as we all figure out how this works. Remember, it’s more than trying your best to achieve the class learning outcomes, it is maintaining community, keeping morale up and modeling behavior, you can help your students deal with this challenging time

The thing to do is to accept that it’s going to be messy, and have some fun with it!

We want to help!

If your question is as to online class CONTENT, please FIRST contact your Area Coordinator and COPY Nat Meade.

Dina: Troubleshooting technology, conducting practice G Meet sessions and sharing any video content for pre-recorded demos or discussions to be sure it’s working and understandable before you send it to your students. 

Nat:  BFA painting course content questions, BFA P/D junior survey logistics.

Harriet: How can shop Technicians help gather online resources for online teaching? What materials are advisable for use at home/outside of the shop environment? What would be a good replacement for a specific material or process?

Lisa: General office operations

Jane: Anything you do not see above!