Supplemental Instruction will continue virtually for the remainder of the semester.
● We will be launching SI on the week of March 29th.
o This decision is based on feedback from student leaders and students on their needs of adjusting to their online courses (both their own courses and the course they lead SI sessions for) and moving home. This also allows us additional time to provide leaders with training and practice sessions to make the experience as smooth as possible for the students we serve.
o If courses have an exam next week (3/23-27) that is continuing as originally scheduled, our staff will work with the SI Leader to determine some level of support during the week.
● We will be using WebEx Training as our online platform. This will allow the ability for breakout rooms (smaller group activity/work), shared whiteboard space, and several other features that best align with the SI model of collaborative, interactive learning.
● We will be emailing all students enrolled in an SI-linked course on Monday, March 23 with information about virtual SI and how they can participate.
● In order for students to access information about sessions and receive updates from their SI Leader, students will be automatically enrolled in a SI Session Blackboard Course(s).
o Given there are more than 11,000 unique students enrolled in SI-supported courses, we have had to separate the SI Session Blackboard courses into 4 courses: Math; Biology & Chemistry, Economics & Management; Engineering, CS, & Physics. These were chosen based on enrollment numbers and patterns of enrollment to reduce the number of Blackboard courses for the greatest number of students.
o Each SI-linked course will have its own folder within the Blackboard course for updates, discussion, and links to register/attend the SI sessions. Due to the structure of WebEx Training, students will need to register to attend the session; however, registration is open up until the session begins and will be automatically approved so as not to be a barrier for attendance. A benefit to this structure is that it will assist in maintaining attendance tracking and automatically reminds students of their SI session with a direct link to join the session.
o Blackboard will also contain information developed by TLT on how to use WebEx Training and engage as a participant.
● SI Leaders will still be holding the same amount of sessions and office hours every week.
● Most SI Leaders will be holding their sessions and office hours at their usual time, but some will shift due to time zones. We will update the SI website with any changes.
● Leaders will be expected to engage in course content similar to how they attend lectures during in-person instruction. If your SI leader does not have access to your course LMS or site, please work with our professional staff to help them get access.
New ASC Webinars
· The ASC will be hosting four webinars to help students develop and strengthen strategies for learning online.
o Online Learning: Time Management & Procrastination – Monday, March 30 at 4:30-5:30 PM EDT
o Online Learning: Study Cycle – Thursday, April 2 at 4:30-5:30 PM EDT
o Online Learning: Bloom’s Taxonomy – Tuesday, April 7 at 4:30-5:30 PM EDT
o Online Learning: Finals Game Plan – Monday, April 13 at 4:30-5:30 PM EDT
· More information on signing up for these webinars and advertisements you can share with students will be provided in the coming days. Updates will be made to our website as soon as possible.
· Webinars will be captioned and recorded so that any student can view them online at a later date and time.
· As previously shared, ASC consultations and Peer Success Coaching will continue virtually.
· You can continue to submit BoilerConnect alerts to the ASC and we’ll continue to create cases and provide outreach to students.
· The university has created a website on Learning Remotely that includes some FAQs about how to learn in online courses along with links to the Online Student Toolkit and the Available Academic Support Resources pages. This is a great resource to direct students to – not just now during the COVID-19 situation but also in the future for any students taking online courses.
Please reach out to email@example.com if you or students have any questions. Our team is working remotely so email or Skype for Business messages are preferred over phone calls.