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Instrument Training Policies during COVID-19

(Updated 11/1/20)
Training researchers is a fundamental part of our mission at CCMR, both to enable science and to provide learning opportunities to students and professional researchers. In efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, we are limiting the number, duration, and proximity of personal interactions that are required to train new users of instruments, while still developing the necessary skills to produce reliable scientific results and to safely use the instrumentation. With this in mind, we will offer a variety of training options, which will depend in part on instrument location and complexity, as determined by CCMR facility staff. Those options include

  • In-person training,
  • Short duration in-person training,
  • Video training – registered FOM users can find training links through the ‘Documents’ tab in FOM, (updating in progress)
  • Remote training – assistance via webcams, TeamViewer, and/or Zoom,
  • Hybrid training – often involving the user watching a training video, followed by a brief in-person check that the user can perform necessary hardware operations on an instrument and then remote assistance during initial measurements.

Nearly all instruments are available for training, please refer to FOM or contact facility staff in order to learn how best to receive instruction. Please be aware that lead times may vary widely due to challenging circumstances.

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