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Connecting with Students & Continuing with Coursework

Connecting with Students & Continuing with Coursework

INTRODUCTION

For your reference, here is the policy recommended by the Laney College and approved by the Peralta Community College District for maintaining instructional activities during disruptions.

AWARENESS

In response to the emerging outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus, Laney College is working to ensure the health and safety of our community. While we realize any possible disruption to the semester may be difficult for both faculty and students, we want to be ready to provide a high quality, student-centered educational experience. To that end, we encourage opportunities for inquiry, reflection, and interaction. Because these activities may look different in distance learning settings, Laney College is available to support your efforts by offering office hours, web resources, webinars and meetings with groups or departments to prepare for any disruption. Students who feel scared or vulnerable in the event of a crisis may value the opportunity to process this experience as part of a community, so consider adjusting course plans to include opportunities for reflection.

Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

FACULTY SUPPORT

Accessibility Webinars

The California Community Colleges Accessibility Center will be hosting a series of webinars this week focusing on accessibility practices for online teaching. The sessions will occur twice a day, Tuesday through Thursday this week.

Sessions will be the following:

•         Tuesday (March 17), Wednesday (March 18), and Thursday (March 19)

•         Morning session: 9AM-10AM

•         Evening session: 6PM-7PM

•         Zoom Meeting URL: https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/950419161 (All sessions will use the same Zoom meeting information).

As you work on transitioning your courses, we want to remind you of the following:

  1. You don’t have to be an expert. Use the tools that feel comfortable to you and try and incorporate additional ones as you go.  If you feel comfortable on Canvas, go for it!  If you’ve got to send emails at particular times of day, that’s okay too.
  2. Ask for help. We have options for in-person support through Friday and will be sending out information about additional support for next week.  Talk to your dean or department chair too!  You can also email laneyhelpdesk@peralta.edu for technical support questions.
  3. Be patient and show love to yourself. Our students know this is a difficult time for all of us. Try and communicate with them as much as possible about what you are trying to do and know it is okay if you don’t have it perfect. They will understand.
  4. Find a Friend. There are a number of your colleagues who’ve volunteered to provide one-on-one and small group support.
  5. Check Out Resources. There are a number of resources online that you can review.  Take a look at some of the resources below and feel free to share others too!

Click the image below to view and download our guide on how to setup and attend Zoom meetings: