Academic Continuity Plan
Acting on the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Massachusetts Department of Health, and other public health agencies to reduce the number of people coming into close physical contact, fall 2020 classes will be held virtually.
Please read on for information for faculty and students making this transition.
What students can do:
- Make sure you have provided your faculty with updated contact information to facilitate communication; communicate with your faculty early and often should you be impacted by illness or quarantine
- Check your HCC email frequently; know that all college communication is done through HCC email
- Faculty are encouraged to utilize Moodle for posting online readings, assignments, and resources and for communicating consistently. Click here for Moodle support.
- For videoconferencing support, consult our online Webex tutorial.
Identify Resources & Support
- Students have access to online tutoring and library support, including access to circulating hotspots and Chromebooks.
- Students have access to advising support by contacting email@example.com.
- In addition, please reach out to your assigned advisor. You have received a personalized email with your advisor's name, and in addition can find your advisor in Degreeworks. Just click on your advisor's name and you'll reach the HCC directory.
- Students have access to OSDDS support and their accommodation plan, which will be modified to the extent possible by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Students can schedule one on one Moodle help by emailing Kris Wiemer at email@example.com. In addition, online Moodle support is available here.
- Pearson offers students access to free textbooks and other resources on their website.
While alternatives may not be available in all circumstances, these recommendations are intended to assist you.
- Make sure you have updated student contact information to facilitate communication. We are reminding all students that all official college communication happens over HCC email.
- Consider adding a possible statement to the course syllabus: In the event of disruption of normal classroom or clinical activities due to inclement weather, health issues, or other unexpected occurrences, the format for this course may be modified to enable completion of the course. In that event, you will be given an addendum to this syllabus that will supersede this version.
- A Moodle shell exists for all courses, and is a convenient way to reach all students consistently. Contact Moodle Administrator Kris Wiemer for questions and support around Moodle at firstname.lastname@example.org. Utilize our online Moodle support and tutorials.
- Consider having two weeks' worth of material at the ready to use in the event instruction is disrupted. Consider some analog (non-digital) options for students who cannot access online materials.
- If you teach a clinical, lab, studio, culinary, or performance course, think about and make a plan for substitute or supplemental work for students who are unable to come to campus because of illness or quarantine.
- If you are interested in creatively thinking of ways to bring your course fully online should the need occur, or are interested in training on Webex or Zoom, please contact email@example.com, or Ed Murch, classroom technology manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Consult our online Webex tutorial.
- Develop broad departmental/program solutions for makeup work/exams, as well as for possible substitute staffing should faculty be unable to come to campus because of illness or quarantine. Possible solutions include Zoom or Webex group sessions, use of proctors, and online makeup work/exams. Day and DCE faculty should work within existing contracts for absences and approvals for alternatives to class meetings if needed.
- Consider utilizing our incomplete option for impacted students, so that there are alternatives to withdrawing from a course, and consider some flexibility or modification in attendance policies and assignments, understanding students may be impacted by illness or quarantine
Identify Resources & Support
- Remind students of online tutoring and library support, including access to circulating hotspots and Chromebooks.
- Students have access to advising support by contacting email@example.com or by contacting Tom Neal, our online learning advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Students will still have access to OSDDS support and their accommodation plan, which will be modified to the extent possible by contacting email@example.com.
- You can schedule one on one Moodle help by emailing Kris Wiemer at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, online Moodle support is available here.
- The Center for Excellence will partner with the Moodle administrator and other trainers to schedule and offer additional trainings for faculty as needed.
- Pearson is offering free short-duration access to software for faculty and textbooks for students. Information is available on the Pearson webpage, Working & Learning Online During a Pandemic.
Read more about developing online capacity.
Moodle Course Communication options
- Apple QuickTime (for Macs ONLY)
- Jing is no longer available for download. New service is called Screencast.com.
- We are currently working on documentation for the document camera lecture capture option and meeting rooms. No ETA is available at this time.
A move to remote instruction is nuanced and considers synchronous tools like Zoom and WebEx for class in "real time" while also having materials and assignments readily available digitally for students to complete on their own and post to Moodle. For HCC, remote also means discussing contingency plans with students not fully-equipped for online learning.
Online teaching and learning has a specific pedagogy, with courses carefully designed for that environment, which is why it's important to be clear about the distinctions between the two and where HCC is moving in response to this unprecedented time. We are not redesigning. We are shifting and providing necessary flexibility. HCC's transition to remote teaching and learning allows faculty and students used to in-person environments to modify their course experience in order to be effective at a distance.