After the Start of the Semester
Welcome to Fall, and thanks for all your hard work!
If you have questions about feedback you received from your Tech Review and would like help, please get in touch with the CLT. All Champlain faculty can schedule a Canvas help session with CLT staff or faculty Canvas experts here. You will be matched with the first helper who can be available on your schedule. Helpers are available 9-5 on weekdays; if you have an after-hours question, please contact Canvas’s 24/7 support line at 1-833-209-6112. Please be aware that individual CLT staff members’ calendars are very full right now, and we may not be able to schedule you with a specific person unless you have been working with them already.
We are always here to help at any point during the semester! You can make an appointment with any CLT staff member here.
- Synchronous is not the same as in-person. Synchronous means real-time; in person means face-to-face in a shared physical space. Flex-hybrid courses must contain synchronous components. These components may or may not be in a shared physical space, and must accommodate students who cannot attend in person. Neither faculty nor students are required to come to campus.
Frequently Asked Questions
Incoming president Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande announced on May 27, 2020 that the Champlain College campus will reopen in Fall 2020. The College’s COVID-19 Task Force is developing more detailed plans around housing, teaching, and safety. This fall ramp-up plan is one of many that address different contingencies that may be used if the virus appears on campus. The following are excerpts from President Akande’s email to faculty:
At the pandemic’s onset, the State of Vermont took deliberate and swift action, ensuring an early flattening of the curve in our state. Now, as Vermonters are entering into a phased restart of the state’s economy, we are following suit and planning for a fall opening of our physical campus in Burlington, Vermont. This will include in-person classes, complemented, as needed, by virtual instruction, and on-campus living for Fall 2020. We will send a separate email regarding fall operations at our campuses in Dublin, Ireland and Montreal, Canada in the coming weeks.
Of course, a physical return to campus will require enhanced safeguards to be put in place. We are planning for staff and faculty to begin a gradual return to campus this summer and will adjust our practices to secure your health and safety, including options for continued remote work. We know that returning to the classroom is of particular concern to faculty and the decision to resume in-person instruction will be a personal one. Under returning Provost Laurie Quinn’s leadership, the Academic Affairs team will continue working with faculty on a range of hybrid models and will work with faculty members and Senate leaders to understand needs and perspectives around teaching in the fall.
You can read President Akande’s full May 27 message here.
Update, 7/15/20: guidance from the State of Vermont and constraints on our space resulting from the need for social distancing will affect how many students are attending classes on campus and the capacity of your classroom. More information about the anticipated restrictions on housing is available in President Akande’s July 2 message. Incoming students (first-year and transfer) will have housing priority, and students who live locally off-campus will be able to attend on-campus classes. Please take this into account when you consider what your teaching will be like, especially if you teach second-, third-, or fourth-year classes.
There are many uncertainties with the COVID-19 situation, and with how public health officials, school systems, Vermont authorities, and members of our own community will respond to it in the coming months. Possibilities include:
- Some students or faculty who are particularly at-risk should they be exposed to coronavirus may hesitate to come to campus for in-person instruction
- Social-distanced classroom spaces may not be able to accommodate a full class at one time
- Faculty or students may become ill or need to isolate due to coronavirus exposure
- A resurgence of COVID-19 may lead to activation of one of the contingency plans President Akande refers to
- Changes in the COVID-19 situation may lead you to make changes in how you teach
With these (and other) possibilities in mind, the Provost’s Office, working in consultation with the Deans and the Center for Learning and Teaching, has determined that courses this fall will need to be developed as “flex-hybrid”, meaning they are extensively built in Canvas, can accommodate students and faculty both in the classroom and learning or teaching remotely, and can be shifted quickly to remote delivery if the situation calls for it. Developing courses this way now lessens the possibility of experiencing another sudden and stressful need to adapt mid-semester like we experienced in March and allows us to provide a safer and more equitable experience for all members of our community.
We all recognize that this is a lot of work. The process and resources explained throughout this site are designed to streamline flex-hybrid course development.
Flex-hybrid is a way of designing your course for flexible (can easily accommodate different situations) or hybrid (using both in-person and remote) delivery. As faculty design their Fall 2020 courses, the goal is to create the conditions for sound learning to occur regardless of whether individual students or the faculty member can attend any particular learning experience in-person, and to offer flexible learning that can accommodate individual learner needs. Champlain College defines a flex-hybrid course as:
A course which offers multiple delivery modes of instruction and allows for blended learning (the integration of classroom and online learning), “flipped classrooms,” remote synchronous and asynchronous instruction, intentional community building, one-on-one coaching, and other “value added” options.
In spring 2020, we were all caught unawares by an emergency transition to remote learning. Through truly heroic work by faculty, we adapted as best we could to a rapidly changing situation.
For this fall, we have a little more prep time, and greater understanding of the possible scenarios that could emerge (discussed above). With more time to plan, there are more ways to adapt your course for flex-hybrid delivery (and the possibility of having to return to remote) while honoring your teaching philosophy and goals in ways that were not necessarily possible during the spring transition. You can think about new ways to connect with your students, build virtual community, and adapt projects to meet outcomes and generate a sense of achievement.
Everyone recognizes that this is still a less-than-ideal situation. We are all being asked to do a lot, particularly given the usual rhythms of summer. We continue to be in an emergency management situation, with the stress that entails. Supporting and honoring the extraordinary work of faculty is a major component of this process.
In some ways, yes. Many course requirements, like descriptions, outcomes, and content, will remain the same. The existing syllabus requirements are still in effect, though some additions have been made. Course length will be the same. If you have an existing syllabus, this process will be one of adaptation.
That said, the Fall 2020 Course Standards do include several Canvas-related elements that have not been in effect in the past. This is to ensure that courses across Champlain College provide a consistent student experience through a robust Canvas presence, and are designed from the beginning in ways that enable a quick pivot to remote instruction if necessary. If you typically use Canvas a lot, you may be doing many of these things already. If you do not usually use Canvas beyond posting your syllabus, these requirements may be unfamiliar. Many resources will be available to you throughout this process to help you expand your remote pedagogy and Canvas skills. Peers and the CLT’s Design Team can help you implement your teaching style and priorities through Canvas.
Another difference from past semesters is that all courses will undergo both a course review with a peer or a member of the CLT-managed Design Team, and a Technical Review to ensure they meet the Course Standards related to Canvas. More information about the review process will be available here.
Your first step will be to schedule a Kickoff Meeting (more information here). This part of the process lets us work with you to assess your needs and concerns. We will also recommend next steps. A link for sign-ups will be posted here shortly. Kickoff meetings will happen by June 26 for full-time faculty and later for adjunct faculty (after contracts are signed). After that, you’ll move into the design phase of the project, during which you’ll develop all your courses, aiming to have at least half the course built out by the first day of classes. In August, your course will undergo review (which you can learn more about here). The specifics of the process will vary depending on your needs and whether you are working primarily with peers in your division or with the CLT.
If you are developing a Master/Model Course, please see this page.
A master or model course* is a single Canvas shell developed for a course with several sections taught by different instructors that covers the same material in each section. These courses will be copied into separate Canvas shells for each section. Model courses are used in situations where content and texts are very standardized in order to save time in course development and make sure classes are consistent. In situations where sections of the same course focus on different themes based on faculty expertise, model courses will not be used.
Some courses have been identified as good candidates for model courses, and Deans or Program Directors will select faculty to develop them. If you have not been asked to develop a model course, this likely does not affect you. If you have questions, please speak with your PD.
* We have traditionally referred to these courses by the former name, but in recognition that “master” is a deeply fraught term in the history of American slavery and historical and present attacks on Black people, these courses will be referred to as “model courses” moving forward.
When you go through the intake phase, we will help determine the best plan for you and connect you with resources you need. To start out now, please visit the Process Overview page, where you’ll also find self-guided course development materials, and explore the Course Design Principles and Designing Your Course pages. In addition to using those materials, we will connect you with support from peers, the CLT, and other teaching and learning-focused experts on campus.
As you progress, you can get 1-1 support with the CLT’s Design Team. Those appointments will be available soon and can be scheduled through your intake. Additional appointments will be available throughout the summer.
Incoming President Akande’s message to the community on June 12 describes the Flex-Hybrid format, and the academic experience update from June 25 provides more details. Champlain College understands that this is a new experience for both students and faculty! It will be different from both “normal” classroom instruction and the emergency remote instruction you or your student may have had this past spring at Champlain, another college, or high school. Please keep an eye on The View and read future emails from the College for more information. We also encourage enrolled students and their parents to attend the faculty panel on flex-hybrid learning that will be held July 13 at 7pm EDT; more information is available here.
This site is focused on faculty preparation for a truly high-quality fall semester, while The View and College communications provide better information for students, parents, alumni, and the community.
Watch this space for information about upcoming webinars and the greatest hits of our past webinars. All webinars will appear in your Champlain Calendar and will be listed in the weekly Faculty Briefing. If you want to suggest a webinar topic, please email us at email@example.com.
We are currently planning more webinars. Stay tuned for more!
Currently, Champlain login is required to access all recordings, slides, and accompanying materials unless otherwise noted.
Crash Courses/Rapid Transitions
- Transitioning to Remote Instruction – with Josh Blumberg (Academic Technology)
- Video, Slides, and Resources; topics include tech tips, running meetings, and effective discussion basics
Course Design and Development
- Flipped Learning: Designing for Flex-Hybrid – with Melanie Brown, Mike Opperman, and Warren Sides (Math faculty)
- Balancing Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning – with Caroline Toy (CLT)
- Remote Course Development – with Ben Luthy (CCO)
- Designing and Running Online Discussions – with Josh Blumberg (Academic Technology) – primarily focuses on synchronous discussions in Google Meet
- “Level Up” Your Canvas Discussions – Panel discussion with faculty members Krista CrawfordMathis (CCO), Christa Hagan-Howe (CCO), Michael Lange (Core), and Rosalynne Whitaker-Heck (CCM) – primarily focuses on asynchronous discussions in Canvas
- Engaging and Effective Virtual and Flex-Hybrid Live Discussions – with Murat Gungor (ITS) and Josh Blumberg (Academic Technology)
- Effectively Using Speedgrader and TurnItIn – with Ursula Jones (Information Systems)
Taking Care of Yourself
- Stress Management and Self-Care during Covid Times – with Barb Colombo (EHS)
Starting the Fall 2020 Experience
- Flex-Hybrid Faculty Panel (for Parents and Students – July 13 – please note the CLT does not have a recording of the faculty version)
- The Flex-Hybrid or Virtual First Day – with Betsy Allen-Pennebaker (Core), Rebecca Mills (CLT), and Leslie Van Wagner (Academic Coaching)
Helping Your Students
- Student Resources for Flex-Hybrid Learning – with Susan Adkins (The Library), Josh Blumberg (Academic Technology), Lauren Bruneau (Academic Coaching), Erin Ferrara (Accessibility), and Corinne Novetti (Academic Advising)
- Accessibility and Universal Design – with Erin Ferrara (Accessibility Services) and Caroline Toy (CLT)
- Video coming soon!
- The Flex-Hybrid Capacitor – YouTube channel featuring helpful micro-lessons for faculty and staff, created by Champlain students under the guidance of Mark Zammuto (Career Services)
Non-Champlain Webinars and Virtual Conferences
The following opportunities have been circulated by faculty, staff, or professional development listservs, and may be of interest to faculty. These events cover a broader range of topics than the CLT can offer, including student mental health; diversity, equity, and inclusion; remote and flex-hybrid pedagogy; and technology tutorials. We do not verify the content or quality of these webinars, but provide the list for your convenience.
- Racism and Gender: Exploring the Relationship between Black and White Women webinar series, American Association of University Women (recordings available at the link)
- Be Color Brave: Addressing the Uncomfortable Conversation About Race, June 19 – featuring our own Dr. Kimberly Quinn!
- Intersectionality: Living as a Black Woman, July 17, 1pm
- Stereotypes: How Stereotypes Shape how We Interact with Each Other – “The Angry Black Woman and Becky with the Good Hair”, August 21, time TBA
- and further sessions each month through December
- Vermont Suicide Prevention Symposium, August 18, 8:45am-4:30pm.