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kiana last won the day on February 19 2015

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  1. It is VERY common to ban Nspire on tests due to the algebraic manipulation capabilities.
  2. Several of my (community college) students are full-time students and have kids at home as well. I just set up an extended deadline schedule for one because she has to share the single computer with her kids. A couple of others are overwhelmed with the work because their parent is an essential worker and they've suddenly had their younger siblings dumped on them for keeping up with the school. Several of my coworkers at the CC are completely flooded (one of them told me if her marriage makes it out intact it's going to be a miracle 😞 ) because they've been working 80+ hour weeks trying to get stuff online for essential classes AND help multiple children with schoolwork AND their spouse is trying to work from home as well.
  3. Whether they open or not, I see most with a tremendously expanded online/hybrid schedule in order to try to retain their students/faculty who are high-risk or live with high-risk people, or are international and can't get back into the country.
  4. I wouldn't want to be the department chair who denied a vulnerable person an online courseload. Seems like a lawsuit waiting to happen, + it seems plausible that a good lawyer could stretch it to an ADA issue although I'm not a lawyer. But this was one of the issues several people were very vocal about in our last faculty meeting (including people who are NOT in vulnerable populations but just worried about colleagues) and I wouldn't doubt that it helped the college's decision to stay online for fall. I think that even if courses are meeting in-person for fall, professors will need to provide a significant online component and be very flexible because we still may have students who are ill or exposed and need to self-quarantine, and the whole semester could get moved online again. I have never taught online. I'm surprised because it's not going as badly as I thought but I still hate it.
  5. More likely because they want the revenue from campus housing and board. I might be a bit cynical ... but I bet that's a strong consideration.
  6. Bologna and swiss cheese sandwiches on cinnamon raisin bread.
  7. Joyless pretty much sums it up. My college is now pretty sure we'll be online for fall for anything other than possibly courses like health sciences and studio arts and the like. I am full of dread.
  8. Not quite 3x. Because I'd basically be prepping one classwork/here are the hardest parts for this week and doing it 3 times instead of prepping 3 lectures, but then I'd also have to prep the online stuff. It is prepping the online stuff that is going to be the hugest amount of work and being able to meet with my students once a week might actually reduce the amount because I'd spend less time anal-retentively working on ways to do what I KNOW is the hardest stuff without ever meeting them.
  9. I know some colleges (Beloit) have already announced that they're going to be doing two eight-week terms for the fall and I could see this greatly reducing student interconnectedness as well.
  10. One example would be the Open University degrees. I looked them up a while ago because I wondered how they did science -- it looked like they did lab intensives that were onsite and a week or so long.
  11. Ask if you can access either an entry exam for gen chem or an old final for intro to chem and see how much she knows.
  12. I am tremendously pleased to see Dr. Fauci is hopeful.
  13. We are mostly talking about this for lab courses and fine arts courses. We have discussed both limited access and scheduling some labs (sciences, mostly, but also classes like ceramics) that would normally meet weekly to meet every-other-week with virtual labs in between. This is of course far inferior to a weekly lab, but at least they will get some experience in procedures, and the virtual labs would be heavy on data analysis and lab report writing. It is more work for the instructor, but the same amount of grading at least -- every 2 weeks they would get 24 lab reports from the virtual lab and 24 lab reports from the in-person lab, just a bit more staggered. I could also see this for universities with large lectures -- keeping a 500 person lecture online makes perfect sense and the difference in quality between in-person and online instruction is nowhere near as large. I am proposing something similar for my college where if we can reopen SOMETHING but aren't ready to go back to fulltime, the developmental math classes run somewhat asynchronously but are hybrid classes with weekly meetings for problem-solving and groupwork and making sure they're writing out work properly. The instruction would still be online so if it flared up again it would be easy to move back to fully online, but basically I'd have 24 students enrolled, 12 of them in section 001A (meets monday) and 12 in section 001B (meets wednesday). This would probably actually be a net decrease in workload for me once the initial planning was set up.
  14. That is really frustrating and I honestly would contact the chair if the instructor is not replying to emails. Our chair is in pretty continual contact with us and asking us to mentor faculty with no experience using the LMS. Heck, I raced through prepping my second-half course to let two other faculty copy it because they have NO experience using online homework software and I've put a hell of a lot of effort into getting good videos in.
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