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  1. Jun 2021
    1. enefits over the in-person classroom. “Online, we’re all face-to-face. There’s no sitting back in the fourth row like in a lecture hall,”

      Which is true if students are turning on their cameras. However, what about when students refuse to turn on their cameras or are not in a feasible position to participate (e.g. driving down the interstate or skiing down Brian Head?

    2. institutions stepped up their teaching-and-learning training and resources for faculty members.

      Did we or did we just do it at the beginning to get people going? Did we miss an opportunity by not providing consistent training throughout the year for fear of overwhelming faculty?

    1. The creator receives support from the university in the form of money or definable value in excess of normal salary or faculty development money, reduced teaching load, or other similar resource from any department, college or other unit of the University for the purpose of creating intellectual property.

      This clause ties back to OTL's Development Agreement: https://suu.jotform.com/83045149763158

    1. 2. Create a hashtag just for your course.

      It is possible to create a page or section in a course that pulls those hashtags for all students to see.

    2. Some scholars define the flip even more specifically as reversing homework and lectures where students watch videos of lectures for homework “out of class” and then engage in problem-solving and analysis “in class”.

      This is probably more of my approach at this time.

    3. Instead, we should try to find the technological tools that allow us to adapt the strategies we use in our face-to-face classes to engage with and connect to our students in the online environment, just in a different way.

      Where does the line exist between what is good for the professor and what learners want? For example, a professor may like to utilize Slack because it is becoming an increasingly used tool in that specific field. However, learners don't want to set up another account and instead have everything done within Canvas.

    4. Many have argued that education seems to be ‘the last frontier’ for technological disruption

      I would argue that there is such a pressure on education to be correct, that taking the risk of trying something new and failing can cost a professor or instructor dearly. Whether it is on learner evaluations or respect from colleagues, being wrong can come with a cost if the culture of the organization does not value attempts at change.

    5. Shouldn’t our students be used to it by now? Shouldn’t we? Either technology is changing so rapidly that we always see it as “new,” or we’re still struggling to integrate technology effectively and seamlessly into the learning experience. Or maybe it’s both.

      When the pandemic started, I was surprised by the number of faculty that needed assistance to log into Canvas, locate Canvas in their portal, etc. Additionally, I was also surprised (and likely more surprised) at the number of learners that needed assistance uploading files, locating syllabi, etc. inside of Canvas.

      However, I do see technology as a wide-range of potential tools. So even with faculty and learners that are familiar with Canvas, all it takes is that faculty member that introduces a new tool (FlipGrid, Padlet, or Hypothes.is) and now they see how technology can impact education.

    1. prepare students for the new distributed, digital-first and flexible world of work that awaits them upon graduation

      And ultimately, this is what education's goal should be.

    2. hire more remote-first staff

      Before this can happen, clearer guidelines will have to be created.

    3. They must take care to ensure all remote employees have equal access to the technology and other infrastructure required to work from home comfortably.

      The big question here is what does the university provide (e.g. computer. internet, etc.) and what does the employee provide (e.g. computer, internet, etc.)? When I chose to work remotely, I knew I had to provide my own computer and internet that wouldn't be reimbursed, but the college provided travel, meals, and housing for retreats or required in-person work meetings.

    4. rigorously evaluate which aspects of in-person work and student life are best experienced face-to-face and which are possible, and even preferable, in an online environment.

      We need to consider this in the coming year. What can we do remotely, but what are the critical areas that we cannot or even should not try to be remote for?

    1. Zoom as its primary virtual platform, and it is even integrated into our LMS (Canvas)

      We will continue this through the next year . . . at least. In all likelihood it will be much longer.

    2. Remember that the goal is to integrate old practices with the new, not replace them.

      OTL should take this approach to help lessen the impact on faculty that want to stick with old methods instead of moving forward.

    1. “We’re first and foremost a residential campus.”

      I would argue that while SUU is not a residential campus, we are an in-person campus.

    2. Such discussions have forced colleges to ask questions about their culture and the extent to which in-person operations are crucial to it.

      We need to consider this as we continue to reflect on our culture in OTL.

    3. questions about taxes and employment law

      yep

    4. “We are a collection of dozens if not hundreds of different cultures,”

      I like this and think it applies to SUU as well. The fact is our culture is very different from other campus departments and offices.

    5. A one-size-fits-all approach wouldn’t make sense, Rodrigues said. While some campus jobs — think student-facing positions, for example — require an in-person component, other teams may have different needs or cultures, which may tilt the scales toward on-campus or remote work.

      This is something that has already shown itself here at SUU. How would it be perceived if more of OTL went remote for longer periods of time? What does that also mean for our current office suite structure?

    6. “If we’re going to continue to attract and retain the greatest talent,”

      We have already lost out on a couple of quality candidates. How would this impact our current staff though?

    7. Some campus leaders now believe that flexible work-from-home policies will make or break their future hiring and retention efforts, particularly in competitive fields like technology.

      I've been weighing this as we begin the process for hiring the ITS Level 1 position. What does this mean for all positions going forward?

    1. By making such a public statement about its change of heart, ProctorU hopes to differentiate itself from its competitors

      This could cause either a change in our plan structure or a change in our proctoring provider. The BUSI department is already asking to move to ProctorU, although they want the live proctoring.

    2. you’re constantly being alerted that students with disabilities or medical conditions and students of color are suspected of misconduct, there is a possibility that will change how you interact with those students, he said.

      This is concerning

    3. But others do not understand the AI is fallible and may act on reports without reviewing them,

      This is just wrong. Period.

    4. but two ProctorU staff members will now review webcam footage

      How long until Proctorio takes the same route?

    5. “It’s not appropriate for AI to be making decisions, and it’s unfair to expect faculty to do that work,”

      Remember that OTL and the Testing Center are willing to review tests for faculty.

    6. ProctorU sent AI-generated incident reports to instructors without staff members reviewing them first.

      This is similar to the version of Proctorio that we have.

  2. May 2021
    1. The expansion increased the capacity of the center to offer individualized consultations with faculty who were new to online teaching.

      What options do we have as we won't be adding additional staff?