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    COVID-19 Message Archive

    Emergency Response Fund

    Because many in the Colorado College community asked how they can help, we have established the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Response Fund to meet needs during these uncertain times. Many of our alumni, parents, and friends, as well as members of our Board of Trustees and the president’s cabinet, have contributed. The fund also provides the college with resources to respond to unexpected expenses developing during this crisis and for lost revenue.

    If you wish to contribute, please visit https://ourcc.coloradocollege.edu/covid19responsefund

    Teaching & Learning Resources

    There is a growing list of resources available to faculty who are working to make Block 7 and 8 courses available for distance learning, many of which are currently available.

    Updated March 28, 2020

    We understand that the transition to remote instruction will be challenging for many CC faculty and students. We also know that as a community we can draw upon our collective expertise to make Blocks 7 and 8 a rewarding (if imperfect) teaching and learning experience for all of us. 

    We want to assure you that all the regular support services for teaching and learning will be accessible to you remotely.  

    You will find information about how to access support services below. 

    For Students

    For students, we have created a web page with student resources for distance learning that includes the basics of what they’ll need for distance learning. We’ll keep adding to and updating this page but wanted to get it out as soon as possible.

    Tips for Students:

    For Faculty

    First, we want to direct you to the Canvas course that is continually being updated and refined with quickly-deployable resources: https://canvas.coloradocollege.edu/enroll/8WR4YD

    ITS and members of the academic support staff at CC will be offering individual consultations with faculty as well as workshops. 

    Tips and Workshops for Faculty:

    Synchronous class meetings (classes meet online but in real-time):

    ITS recommends using Zoom for online class meetings and discussions because it’s integrated with Canvas and is therefore easy to use to invite students registered for the course. https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials

    BigBlueButton is another option for online class meetings and discussions. It’s also integrated with Canvas (it’s the “Conferences” tool in the course menu in your Canvas course) and is therefore easy to use to invite students registered for the course. BigBlueButton includes an interactive whiteboard, screensharing, and the option to record sessions. https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-12848-415265961

    Webex is a good secondary option. CC already has institutional licenses, and all CC staff and faculty have Webex accounts they can use. Webex doesn’t have an interactive whiteboard, but it does offer options for recording sessions. https://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/its/guides/phones-webex-and-jabber/conference-calls.html

    Asynchronous class meetings (classes meet online but not in real-time, so participants log in and post when they’re able):

    Class meetings and lectures can be recorded using a tool such as BigBlueButton, Webex, or Zoom, or by using a smartphone or a computer and then uploading the video file to Vimeo or YouTube for hosting or to Canvas for sharing.

    Quizzes and assessment:

    For low-stakes exams and quizzes, Canvas offers a robust tool for building and autograding tests. Take-home, open-book exams can be shared via Canvas, OneDrive, Google Drive, or Dropbox.

    Proctoring generally isn’t used at CC due to the honor code. However, for high-stakes exams, various proctoring apps are available for installation through Canvas.

    • RPNow
    • Proctortrack

    Access to Course Content:

    • Use Canvas to post readings, links to audio, or video recordings of lectures
      • Canvas offers a variety of apps that can be integrated for lecture capture, including Classroom Replay and Collaaj
    • Use Canvas, OneDrive, Google Drive, or Dropbox to provide online access to homework assignments and other course materials
      • Canvas already has a built-in integration with Google Docs, and there are OneDrive, OneNote, and Dropbox apps that can be integrated into Canvas through learning tools interoperability (LTI)
    • Use Canvas and email for online threaded discussions or for online course communication
    • Consider OER (open educational resources) or electronic textbooks to allow students online access for new courses
      • There is an OER app in Canvas that we will be testing
    • Your liaison librarian can help you find high quality online materials for your classes. Tutt Library has also created a guide to curated collections of open textbooks.
    • Use online textbook accompaniments and external tools for interactive assignments
      • Canvas already has a McGraw-Hill Connect external tool integrated for the campus

    There are virtual reality (VR) experiences that can simulate some types of labs and travel-based courses.

    • The Wander app provides a view of any locations that are currently available in Google Street View
    • Contact Devon Sherwood in ITS for more information

    Accessing Support Services

    Crown Faculty Center 
    In close collaboration with colleagues across campus, the transition team has created a tiered model of support in this emergency transition to remote instruction. The central hub for these resources is a Canvas site. You may self-enroll here. In this challenging period, we strive to ground our work in Crown’s longstanding priorities of equitable teaching and learning and faculty and student well-being. Please see the Crown webpage for updates on programs beyond the Block 7 and 8 transition.

    Tutt Library 
    The Tutt LIbrary building is closed, but staff are providing services remotely. See the library website for details.

    ITS 
    If you need help with Canvas, please email or call the ITS: Solutions Center first. The Solutions Center team will answer your question if possible and will send it to the Canvas administrator if not. 

    Please also remember that CC has 24/7 support from Canvas Support. You can reach Canvas Support by clicking the ? button on the left of any page in Canvas.

    As of Monday, March 16, all workshops offered through ITS have gone online.

    The Colket Center for Academic Excellence 
    The Colket Center will be offering remote academic support services, including online tutoring, learning assistants, and adjunct courses. Students will be accessing synchronous (real-time) tutoring through online platforms. If you would like to consult with professional staff members regarding support for your class, please email them directly.

    Quantitative Reasoning Center 
    Beginning in Block 7, the QRC will offer all services remotely. Updates will be posted here. Please address questions to Steve Getty or Karen Chui: sgetty@coloradocollege.edukchui@coloradocollege.edu

    Writing Center 
    The Writing Center is offering services remotely during Spring Break and through Block 8. For appointments during break, you can email one of the professional staff members directly: 
    Kat Bell kbell@coloradocollege.edu 
    Chris Schacht cschacht@coloradocollege.edu 
    Roy Jo Sartin rsartin@coloradocollege.edu

    During Blocks 7 and 8, students can schedule appointments in WCOnline.

    Cultural and linguistic diversity (CLD) education specialist 
    To make an appointment to work remotely with the CLD education specialist, email Chelsea Walter directly at cwalter@coloradocollege.edu

    Thesis writing specialist 
    To make an appointment to work remotely with the thesis writing specialist, email malvarado@coloradocollege.edu.

    GIS Lab and Geospatial Services 
    To make an appointment to work remotely with the GIS Technical Director, email Matt Cooney directly at mcooney@coloradocollege.edu.

    Accessibility Resources 
    Accessibility Resources is committed to providing full support to students, faculty, and others who reach out to us. Accommodations will be provided for distance learning classes. We understand that online learning may present unique challenges, so we are ready to provide individualized support to students and faculty who have questions about access and accommodations. Please get in touch with us if we can be of help in any way. Accessibility Resources can be reached by calling (719) 227-8285 or emailing accessibilityresources@coloradocollege.edu

    The Student Opportunities and Advising Hub 
    The Student Opportunities and Advising Hub is available to support students.  Staff can talk with students about their current academic plans and answer questions and will be providing support for pre-registration advising later in the semester. 

    Students can schedule a meeting with any of the Hub advisors by going to the Hub webpage. The staff advisor will contact you to arrange for a meeting on a platform you can support from home. 
     
    Faculty who are concerned about students are encouraged to reach out to Teresa Leopold at: tleopold@coloradocollege.edu