AEDD Updates 05-15-2020

Syllabus Changes and Reminders

The following statement will be added to all summer and fall syllabi in WIDS. It will be added so that it automatically populates onto your syllabus. Please contact your Deans if you have questions about the statement.

Covid-19 Syllabus Statement

During this Covid-19 emergency, we understand that you may have unique challenges. While we always care about your ability to complete course assignments, we know that this time may be more difficult than normal. Should you run into issues completing any of the assignments please reach out to me as your instructor so that we can work out a plan for your success or explore all available options.

In addition, given the continued uncertainty many students are going through, it is more important than ever to include a schedule of major assignments/projects/exams and tentative due dates on your syllabus. Not only is it a requirement of the Higher Learning Commission, but many students rely on that information to help them plan for those due dates.

SLO (Student Learning Outcomes) Updates

The SLO survey that is sent to all graduating students was updated this spring to better clarify the college’s SuccessAbilities statements and provide more detail regarding the program outcomes that students are meeting through their education. We believe the new format will gather more meaningful data from the students’ perspectives.

In addition, the faculty SLO survey is being changed to more closely mimic the student SLO survey. The new format drills down to the criteria that support each program outcome as well. Please be watching for the email and link to the SLO survey in your inbox (for those programs that have graduates).

“Going from Surviving to Thriving in Online Teaching” Resources

AEDD staff have hosted several online presentations to help instructors more effectively teach online. Topics covered include Assessment, Collaboration, Communication, and Content and Delivery. You can find recordings of the presentations and their accompanying PowerPoint slides with links at: https://facultyresources.westerntc.edu/full-time-faculty/going-from-surviving-to-thriving-in-online-teaching/

Online Classes & Lectures in a Microsoft Class Team (recorded webinar)

Microsoft is offering a one-hour, on-demand, recorded webinar:
Register to access the webinar

This webinar is designed to help first-time users of Microsoft Teams get started hosting online meetings with their students. This webinar is intended for educators who need to create a persistent online space for their class.

Webinar agenda:

  • Overview of Microsoft Teams & setting up your first “Class” Team (first 30 minutes of the webinar)
  • How to schedule your first online meeting with all of your students
  • Approach to an effective online meeting: before, during and after

The “Raise Hand” Feature is Now Available in Microsoft Teams Meetings

Learn more about the Raise Hand feature in Teams