- There are options in Canvas for connecting students with library resources, library instruction, and librarian assistance. Detailed instructions for each option are available in this guide.
FYI - to keep students in the know - Do you have students who are new to online learning, or taking a class for the first time in Canvas? Academic Support is offering free drop in Q&A Zoom sessions to get all of their Canvas questions answered! Registration is encouraged, but not required.
We are offering two drop-in sessions this week:
- Faculty choosing modality
- Finalize descriptions of the modalities
- Ask faculty to choose among these options
- FYI - Academic Support will be sending a message to faculty on Monday about services available beginning June 8th.
No updates this week 😃
- Faculty Listening Sessions
- Adding Users to Canvas
- Faculty Development Days for Fall
- Canvas Help for Students: Students received an email earlier today notifying them about the switch from Blackboard to Canvas. We also created a WCC Canvas Student Orientation course that all students are being added to. In the orientation course, students will learn about being successful in online courses, Canvas and Zoom. If students run into any issues, please have them reach out to TAC at 630-466-4357, chat with our Library team by visiting www.waubonsee.edu/library or emailing email@example.com.
- Tutoring: Between May 18 - June 8, tutoring will only be available via the 24/7 SmarThinking Tutoring Service. Students can find more information at: www.waubonsee.edu/tutoring
- Library: Between May 18 - June 8, the virtual library will be open Monday - Thursdays: 7:30am - 9:30pm, Fridays: 7:30am-4:30pm, and Saturdays & Sundays: Closed. Students can email or chat with the library team for assistance with research, information and technology concerns. More information can be found at: www.waubonsee.edu/library
FYI - Sue sending a communication about faculty getting into their offices this week. Dr. Nyhammer will be sending a message to faculty about plans for Fall 2020 (this will include communication about G2R).
- Laptops, hotspots and other technology devices can now be picked up on Tuesdays at Aurora Downtown, 8am - 4:30pm.
- Incompletes: Incomplete contracts due tomorrow (5/15) - because of the discontinuation of Blackboard - guidelines to prepare for incompletes and grade appeals will be forthcoming from FDAE.
- All Summer Credit Classes Online
- Illinois Wifi Drive Up Map Tool: www.ildceo.net/wifi
- Commencement: To celebrate our graduates, a team from Student Development and Marketing and Communications is planning a virtual ceremony for June. More details to come.
- May 4, 2020 Three Things to Know: Please share with students.
- Copying Courses from Blackboard to Canvas: Blackboard shells are automatically being migrated to Canvas. If you have made changes since the content lock in February and would like to manually copy a course from Blackboard to Canvas, please see the instructions on the Canvas page.
- Drop-in Tutoring with Zoom is available this week (week of May 4) and next week (week of May 11): Please share with your students.
- Flex Mode Presentation: Please follow the link to learn more about the new Flex delivery model available to faculty. The presentation will answer the primary questions you may have related to facilitating your courses via Flex.
- Professional Development Opportunity:
- Taking STEM Online Workshop by Almy Education.
- Student Onboarding changes for Fall 2020 & Spring 2021:
- Fall 2020
- Changing name of the NSIF to New Student Application and revising some of the questions.
- Revising the Change of Major procedures.
- Ensuring that adult education and noncredit students transitioning to credit go through the same process as other credit students.
- In addition, the college is accepting HS GPA as a new placement measure starting with Fall 2020 registration.
- Spring 2021
- Making the necessary procedural and Banner adjustments to align with the Degree/Certificate seeking and Non-degree philosophy.
- Implementing the new Readmit process.
- Fall 2020
- Summer 2020 Classes: Classes starting May 18th will be online. The decision about moving the remaining summer classes online will be made on May 18th.
- Pass/Fall Interim Grading Policy: The college will not be moving forward with instituting P/F grading policy for Spring 2020. Just a reminder, your grading options are letter grades - A-F, W grade for withdrawals, and I’s for incompletes. Thank you for your input on this decision.
- Student Evaluations: These are suspended for Spring semester unless you are a part of the AEFIS online evaluation pilot.
- Spring Important Dates Update (withdraw dates extension): The withdrawal date for the Spring 2020 has been extended to May 15, 2020 (the last day of the semester). The current grade change policy will also be modified for Spring 2020. See the Current Process here.
- Nursing Application deadline for the October Cohort has been extended to July 15.
- Cares Act Group: A team has been formed to determine how to spend the $3 million on CARES Act funding the college received. Melissa Morgan and Chassie Sherretz are serving as the representatives from the Ed Affairs. We look forward to learning more from them.
- Student Development Update for Fall 2020:
- Changes to developmental English cut scores will still happen for Fall 2020.
- The intake process changes related to routing students based on the status of degree seeking/non-degree seeking is not happening until Spring 2021. For Fall 2020, students will continue to be routed through intake according to their status as a PT/FT student.
- High School GPA as a Placement Measure: The plan to accept HS GPA as a placement measure is still happening for Fall.
- Change of Major Process: Starting May 18th, students seeking to change their major will need to submit an online request form.
- New Student Information Form: The name is being changed back to application. In addition, students will be able to share their preferred/chosen name, the citizenship question is being removed, and language is being added to explain why we ask for a social security number.
- Marketing and Communications - M&C is looking for student stories to share with our community. Please reflect on the students you are working with and consider writing one of these two types of stories:
- Stories of students who have successfully transitioned to online learning. Maybe you have or know of a student who had concerns about this at the beginning, or did not have the technical resources they needed, or something else and did not think they could succeed this semester. But they have!
- Stories of students who have overcome direct or remarkable impact because of the coronavirus. Maybe a student who actually had the virus, or a parent or other close relative who had it. Or maybe their job has been impacted by the virus (health care is only one area that has been impacted, of course), yet they have persevered.
Three Things to Know
Marketing and Communications creates "Three Things to Know" each week. It is an easy, turnkey document that faculty can put in their course shells, email, or print for their students every week. It is short and sweet and provides events and other important information.