12/17/20 Academic Affairs Brief

Faculty & Academic Staff Email Updates Sent Bi-Weekly

This Brief Includes:

  • A Final Grade Reminder Poem

  • Student Experience Grant Information

  • Updating Class Start/End Times

  • List Of Fully Remote Students Per Class

  • CLT Updates: Upcoming Events and DEI Opportunities



This will be our last Academic brief of 2020. We will resume again on Monday, January 4.


Faculty Brief Email Archive

A FINAL GRADE REMINDER POEM

I can't believe I'm doing this rhyme-ly,

but please get your grades in on time-ly.

Midnight on Sunday, they're due

Don't make me come looking for you.

it's always a big hope that one day,

I won't have to chase you on Monday.

There's a video here that can teach you,

but I need to be able to reach you.

So be checking your email all day

or I'm sending Nate Walpole your way.


~Thank you, Megan Everts, for sharing your poem and your humor with us all!

STUDENT EXPERIENCE GRANT INFORMATION

The John W. Heisse, Jr. M.D. Endowment Fund was established in 2005 by trustee emeritus Dr. John W. Heisse, Jr. who served on the Champlain College Board of Trustees from 1970 to 1980. The fund was established to provide financial support for special initiatives and projects developed by full-time faculty or staff to provide co-curricular programming for students and the community.


The Fund for the Student Experience is used to award funding for a faculty or staff member organizing a meaningful experience for students. In the past, the fund has been used to foster engagement in international travel, retreats, conferences, fees for service trips, and other similar experiences. Given the realities of COVID-19, we imagine the use of funds this year will look differently--for example, for virtual conference attendance, community book reads, invited speaker presentations, film screenings, and so forth. However, we are confident that the creativity of faculty and staff will lead to COVID-safe proposals that will simultaneously enhance student experience. More information is available on the application form.


Applications must be received by January 31, 2021.


The office of the Provost and Academic Deans will meet in February to make decisions for annual allocation/distribution of funds. Distribution of Funds decisions will be communicated to faculty or staff applicants by February 15, 2021.

UPDATING CLASS START/END TIMES

The Registrar’s Office continues to support students in developing their Spring course schedule. This fall the course schedule was staggered in order to decrease the density of student and faculty traffic between classes and in our dining facilities. From what we know now about the spread of COVID-19, we no longer need to take this precautionary step. Therefore, we will be updating course start/end times slightly; classes will start a bit later in the morning and end earlier in the evening. Students and Faculty can expect to see these changes updated on their schedule in early January. Here is a brief chart that translates current course start times with the future start times.

LIST OF FULLY REMOTE STUDENTS PER CLASS

We are actively collecting information from students on their plans for how they want to participate in their spring courses. In the second week of January we will be able to provide faculty with their class rosters and the number of fully remote students they can anticipate for each section. Please watch your email for this information.

CLT UPDATES: UPCOMING JANUARY EVENTS AND DEI OPPORTUNITIES

A reminder that the Center for Learning & Teaching, in collaboration with faculty leaders and other offices, is offering a wide range of drop-in clinics, workshops, and webinars in January as we prepare for the Spring. Clinic topics include getting your gradebook set up, student engagement in a virtual class, video captioning, checking your A/V setup, InSpace setup, and using new Canvas tools. Workshops and webinars include some of the same topics in more depth, as well as experiential learning in virtual situations and student collaboration in Google apps. Please see your Google Calendar for invites and this document for easy-to-read descriptions and dates.


Also, to continue our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, please remember to explore the DEI Faculty Training in Canvas. Facilitated follow-up discussions and facilitated reflective debriefs will be available starting in Spring.