10/22/20 Academic Affairs Brief

Faculty & Academic Staff Email Updates Sent Bi-Weekly

This Brief Includes:

  • New Options for Teaching in Google Meet
  • CLT Teaching Tip: The Designated Interrupter
  • Fitness Center Update
  • Student Engagement Update

Faculty Brief Email Archive


Google has just released a long-awaited set of features in Meet that make it more comparable to Zoom! These include breakout rooms, polling, moderated Q&A, and improved host controls for managing who is in your class session. If you are teaching via Meet, or you prefer Meet but need features that were only available in Zoom, check out the CLT’s explanation of the new tools here. Meet also added an integration with Google’s visual collaboration tool Jamboard in the last few weeks.


Whether you are teaching fully virtually or in the classroom with some virtual students, you have probably noticed that it’s challenging to talk to your students and monitor Zoom or Meet text-based chats and Q&As at the same time. If you don’t already, consider collaborating with your students to choose a spokesperson or “designated interrupter” for each meeting--a student who can monitor the chat and communicate any questions or issues to you verbally. This frees you from worrying about missing something and helps empower students who might be nervous about asking questions, struggling to speak or use video due to poor internet, or too polite to interrupt and tell you that your mic is off.


After a few weeks of being open to current students, we are excited to announce that the Champlain College Fitness Center is now open to faculty and staff. There have been many precautions taken in order to reduce risk and help create a safe space for all participants. If you are planning to attend the Fitness Center, please be sure to review the safety procedures and policies before entering.

Who is permitted in the Fitness Center?

  • Champlain College students, faculty & staff who have been approved to work on campus, are being tested at the College’s testing facility weekly and have received a negative test result. Faculty and staff must complete VOSHA training and upload the completion certificate

  • All faculty, staff, and students must read and sign the Champlain College Community Health Pledge.

What is different at the Fitness Center?

  • Max occupancy inside the Fitness Center is 25. Priority is given to students first.

  • Machines have been spaced out to adhere to social distancing. Some machines have been moved into the Studio but are still available for usage.

  • All visitors will utilize the self swipe scanner at the entrance of the Hub prior to entering.

  • Locker rooms are open for bathroom use only. Lockers and showers are temporarily closed.

What policies / procedures will I need to follow?

  • First-time visitors to the Fitness Center will be walked through our cleaning and social distancing protocols.

  • Masks must be worn at ALL times while in the Fitness Center; even when utilizing the cardio equipment.

  • Cleaning sanitizer and rags will be provided to each participant upon entering the Fitness Center. You are responsible for wiping down any machine or piece of equipment after each use.

  • Maintain a 6’ distance from other participants and follow the flow of traffic signage on the floor.

We are confident that the faculty and staff will help keep the Fitness Center a safe space by following these guidelines. Should you have any questions, please contact Nicholas Pillsbury, Fitness & Recreation Coordinator.


As previously mentioned at Town Hall, students were offered 288 programs in the first 6 weeks of the semester! There continues to be numerous opportunities for students to get involved in virtual and on-campus programming. Upcoming events can be found on the View Calendar.

A sampling of upcoming events are:

Upcoming Dates

  • 10/26 Student Registration period opens for spring courses
  • 11/6 Student Registration period closes for spring courses
  • 11/13 Last day to withdraw from a course with a grade of “W” and last day to withdraw from the College
  • 11/16 - 12/4 IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction
  • 11/23 - Students who have not registered by this date will receive a $250 late registration fee
  • 11/23 - 11/27 Thanksgiving Break
  • 11/30 Classes resume with 100% virtual instruction
  • 12/09 Incomplete request deadline
  • 12/11 Last day to request a medical withdrawal from the college