10/07/21 Academic Affairs Brief

Faculty & Academic Staff Email Updates Weekly

HAVE HAPPY AND HEALTHY FALL BREAK!

This Brief Includes:

  • COVID-19 Update

  • Spring 2022 Schedule and Advising Season

  • Free Professional Development webinar

  • Not-to-Miss CLT Events

  • Chefs Needed for the Library’s 14th Annual Chili Cook-Off

  • Reminder - Join Your CLT Online!

  • Folio replacing ePortfolios in Canvas

  • Teaching And Learning During The Pandemic Faculty Survey

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • Fall Break Oct. 11 - Oct. 12

  • Midterm grades due in WebAdvisor Oct. 17

  • Champlain Weekend Oct. 22 - Oct. 24

  • Spring Registration starts Oct. 25

COVID-19 UPDATE

The College COVID dashboard is updated on an ongoing basis Monday - Friday and as test results are received. Up until now, the date on the dashboard would change only if there was new data to share. We heard feedback that it may appear as though the dashboard was not being updated. We will now update the date Monday-Friday even if there is not a change date. We hope this helps to eliminate any confusion.


Also, the following message was conveyed to students regarding Fall break: "Are you traveling over Fall Break? There are no classes scheduled on Oct. 11 and Oct. 12 to provide students with a long weekend and time to rest. Students who travel for Fall Break are required to come in for a COVID test when they return to campus.”


As a reminder, we have a campus mask requirement for all individuals when indoors. This FAQ describes when masks are required and when they are not. Faculty should feel empowered to remind students in their class of our Community Health Pledge and our masking requirement. Compliance with all of our COVID-19 policies is a requirement of our Community Health Pledge which states:

Failure to adhere to the health and safety measures listed above potentially impacts an individual’s ability to access the physical campus. For students, this may include immediate removal from campus for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis if deemed warranted. If a student is not complying with this policy or any other COVID-19 policy they can be reported by students, faculty, and staff to the Office of Community Standards by submitting this form, and Student Affairs staff will follow up individually with the student.

SPRING 2022 SCHEDULE AND ADVISING SEASON

The Spring 2022 schedule is posted and can be viewed in both WebAdvisor and Student Planning. Students may start working with their advisor to add sections to their schedules and be ready for when registration begins on Oct. 25. Students will be receiving communication from the Registrar’s Office this week regarding upcoming midterm grades and registration information.

FREE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEBINAR

The Howard Center is hosting a free virtual webinar featuring a conversation with author, host, and educator Ashley C. Ford about her best-selling memoir, Somebody’s Daughter, and her perspectives on current topics including mental health, diversity, equity, inclusion, LGBTQIA+, and race. The conversation is moderated by Jude Smith Rachele, Ph.D. The webinar is scheduled for Oct. 13 @ 4 pm. Click here for more information and to register.

NOT-TO-MISS CLT EVENTS

The CLT is announcing several events during the remainder of this semester! Some of these were suggested by faculty during the Oct. 22 Provost Forum. Thank you!

  • Creating and Using Rubrics for Efficient and Transparent Grading - Wednesday, Oct. 27, 10:30 am (virtual)

  • Build-Your-Own Grilled Cheese Lunch - Wednesday, Nov. 3, 12:15-1:30 pm (drop into the CLT suite, MIC 211, at any time)

  • Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in Course Design, Part 1: Inclusion and Course Content - Tuesday, Nov. 9, 5:30 pm (virtual)

  • Building Class Community: Wrapping Up on a High Note and Preparing for Next Semester - Wednesday, Dec. 1, 12:30 pm (on-campus location TBD)

The CLT continues to offer previously-announced regular weekly events such as Peda-GO-gy walks every Tuesday at 12:15 pm and the Faculty Writing Group Wednesdays, 2-3:30 pm.

CHEFS NEEDED FOR THE LIBRARY’S 14TH ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF

For 13 years running, the library has hosted an autumn chili cook-off. To keep this tradition going, we need chefs! Will you cook chili for the cook-off this year? Please sign up here by 5 pm on Monday, Oct. 18. The details:

  • Produce a medium to large pot of chili in a container or crock-pot that will keep it warm.

  • Bring it to the library HOT by 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29. (We’ll have power outlets so you can bring it earlier if you want).

  • Include a list of ingredients with your chili

REMINDER - JOIN YOUR CLT ONLINE!

This fall, the CLT launched three new online venues for talking with faculty about teaching and learning: our Facebook page, Twitter, and blog! Join them on social media to follow curated current ideas in higher education teaching, and feel free to participate! The blog features faculty contributions (most recently by colleagues Kylie King and Duane Dunston), and you are welcome to write a post if you like; contact Caroline Toy at jtoy@champlain.edu.

FOLIO REPLACING ePORTFOLIOS IN CANVAS

Champlain College has integrated a new ePortfolio solution in Canvas, called "Folio". This will be replacing the old ePortfolio system at the end of Fall 2021 semester. If you are currently using ePortfolio, you should transfer your work to the new Folio tool which is accessible now in Canvas. If you need assistance recovering old ePortfolio data after that point, please contact Champ Support. You can access Folio by clicking on your profile icon on the left side in Canvas. Some resources on Folio:

TEACHING AND LEARNING DURING THE PANDEMIC FACULTY SURVEY

Don’t forget to take the “Fall 2021 Pandemic as Portal Teaching Survey.” The survey is still open! Faculty responses will help drive the conversation as we continue our reflection and discourse on the future of teaching and learning at Champlain. The survey is anonymous and confidential. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Ellen Zeman. Students are also completing surveys this week that ask them about their pandemic learning experiences.

FALL ACADEMIC CALENDAR DATES


  • 10/11 - 10/12 - Fall Break

  • 10/17 - Midterm Grades due in Webadvisor

  • 10/25 - 11/5 - Registration for Spring

  • 11/12 - Last Day to Withdraw from a class

  • 11/24 - 11/26 - Thanksgiving Break

  • 12/13 - 12/17 - Finals Week

  • 12/20 - 1/16 - Winter Break

Employee COVID-19 Reporting Form

Employees should utilize this form to notify the College they have tested positive for COVID-19 or been identified as a close contact by a primary care provider or health entity such as the Vermont Health Department.