RECAST | Catalog Updates for Winter 2021 (including furlough and remote teaching adjustments)
From: Academic Deans <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 3:06 PM
The curriculum team will be working hard to make needed adjustments to the academic catalog by the promised date of November 15th. This process includes both our regular pre-quarter checks and edits and adjusting descriptions to reflect remote teaching (or limited hybrid for those in the pilot), as well as any changes related to faculty furlough plans for winter.[ST1] [ST2] [EK3]
Faculty should currently be working with their CAT Leaders to propose changes to their winter or spring curriculum as required by the furlough. Those plans will come to the Academic Deans for final approval. Once a CAT has an approved furlough plan, the curriculum team will begin reaching out to individual faculty or faculty teams to make those adjustments and update descriptions for the shift to remote teaching. We will be prioritizing winter changes during October and November, so if you have a spring furlough changes we will be getting to those as soon as possible after winter updates.
Expect to hear from either Patricia Bateman or Ruth Brownstein requesting information––your timely response will be crucial! You can prepare for these information requests by preparing the following:
- A new description for your winter offering (if needed), reflecting changes in credit number or due to the shift to remote learning
- Requests for variable credit or additional CRNs
- Any changes to your existing required fees or special expenses
- A statement to add to your description about what is required for successful completion of your program or course in a remote environment. Your statement should include the following:
- Technology needed
- Estimate of synchronous hours
- A statement similar to this: “Our approach will emphasize participation in synchronous (live) sessions; however, if students find themselves unable to participate due to technology, caregiving obligations, economic disruption, health risk, or illness, they can work with faculty to pursue alternate options to earn related credit.”
- Your finalized class schedule, which you will need to enter in Schedule Evergreen on your own. This will need to list on the required synchronous meeting times with the activity type of Remote/Online.
Hybrid Teaching in Winter: We will be continuing with our hybrid learning pilot project in winter quarter. At present, our campus infrastructure is supporting about 6-8 programs, along with a handful of in-person ILCs or on-campus internships, totaling approximately 200 students with access to in-person learning.
Faculty who wish to have in-person learning in their winter program should submit a request, using our online form, by noon on Friday, October 16, 2020. Priority will be given to those offerings that cater to upper-division students, allowing them to achieve their needs for graduation. Questions can be directed to email@example.com.
Thank you for your hard work and we look forward to being in contact with you about your updates!
The Curriculum Team