We will be “All Modes Ready” to deliver a distinctively Arcadia education, be that in person, blended (in person and online), or fully online. Our decisions will be guided by campus public health experts, local and state health and safety recommendations, our lived values, and our commitment to equity. No student will be required to take courses in person; we will respect the wishes of community members to meet their health and safety needs. In order to be ready for All Modes instruction, students will need a web-cam enabled laptop or tablet. Any students for whom this may be a challenge should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This summer can be used to prepare for the upcoming academic year using the All Modes Ready redesign process. Our goal is to provide maximum flexibility for students and faculty while maintaining the highest standards of educational quality and student engagement. We are confident that as you focus on the learning outcomes of your courses, you can design and deliver an outstanding learning experience for your students.
The support structure that we have assembled for this effort includes several teams: Design, Logistics, and Technical (see below). The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Mentoring will be supporting the design process and creating opportunities for engagement around key All Modes Ready teaching and learning topics and strategies including inclusive pedagogy, peer-to-peer mentoring, and learning design. These resources will be available to support you throughout the development process.
Description of Teams:
Logistics Team: Team Lead - Sandi Crenshaw. Work directly with departments and instructors in collecting, creating, populating, and assembling course materials.
Design Team: Team Lead - Ellen Skilton. Work directly with faculty to enhance opportunities for meaningful teaching, learning, and student engagement.
Technical Team: Team Lead - Matthew Pellegrini. Work directly with faculty to assist with lecture presentation creation of digital content and recording through Panopto.
ATS (Academic Technology Service) will continue to offer workshops and support to faculty. Complete the Canvas Request Form for requests such as Request a Sandbox, Import Content, Cross-List Courses, etc..
Given the volume and range of questions currently handled by ATS, it may take us a little longer than we'd like to get back to you. If Canvas support is unable to help you, please forward your question to ATS.
Canvas Support - You can call Canvas Support 24/7 to get help over the phone (1-844-589-3848) or the chat feature available through the “Help ?” icon in the Canvas navigation.
Timeline for All-Modes Readiness
September - October
Continue building Fall 2020 Modules 6 and beyond Late fall semester content still being developed Content plans for spring courses finalized
Spring 2021 Courses available All Modes template applied
Spring 2021 Development Sandboxes are available with the All Modes template applied
Faculty/Staff training continues
Continued offerings of workshops and self-paced trainings on Canvas and workshops (see above)
All Modes Training Fundamentals (self-paced, enroll here)
Designing and Teaching for Impact in Online Courses (self-paced, enroll here)
The All Modes Quality Rubric is based on a set of student-centric guiding principles that helped inform the All Modes course redesign efforts. The rubric will recognize the integrated standards found in the course template, which is applied to all Fall 2020 Canvas courses, for example, This fulfills requirements 1.4,1.6 and 7.2. This rubric does not evaluate the course subject matter.
You can elect to have your course reviewed using the All Modes Quality Rubric, please fill out the Quality Rubric Request Form for feedback on their course by August 3. The intent is to provide a quality check for courses delivered via Canvas and provide feedback.
All-Modes Scenarios Examples
Select one or more combinations of options listed below that best suits your teaching style/needs. For example, you can meet 2 times over the semester with your students. It doesn’t have to be weekly.
Course content is delivered through Canvas. There are no synchronous (Zoom) sessions that are required for students to attend/participate. The course content is delivered through text-based instruction, prerecorded materials (Panopto), and student-centered activities.
Course content is delivered through Canvas. There are synchronous (Zoom) sessions that are recommended/required for students to attend/participate. The course content is delivered through text-based instruction, synchronous materials, prerecorded materials (Panopto), and student-centered activities.
Partially online—Some face to face
Course content is delivered through Canvas. There are some synchronous (Zoom) sessions that are required for students to attend/participate. The course content is delivered through text-based and live online instruction (can be recorded) and student-centered activities can be both live online or asynchronous.
All in-person courses will be assigned to rooms that have sufficient Covid-adjusted capacity so that all students who choose to be physically present (as opposed to attending remotely) will have socially-distant space to be physically present.
All meetings of in-person courses must also be held on Zoom so that students can participate remotely in the same sessions.
Faculty Teaching Examples:
I am conducting my course online asynchronous. I am offering 2 synchronous optional class sessions.
I am meeting my class on our Monday timeslot and the remainder of the course is delivered online asynchronously.
I am teaching my course synchronously online. We will meet at the assigned days and times and have a synchronous Zoom meeting. There will be no on campus option for my students to come to class.
My class will meet face to face in the classroom, at all of the assigned time periods. The sessions will be held on Zoom so that those in class and those who select to not be in class can participate.
I am meeting with my class 3 times over the semester face to face. The remainder of the class instruction will take place online synchronous.
I plan to teach in the classroom, but am prepared to teach synchronously online if the need arises.
Student Participation Examples:
I will be attending all of my courses online, even if there is an option to come into the classroom.
I am not sure how I will participate in face to face classes. It will depend on the day.
I will have a device able to connect to Zoom to participate in live (and live online) classes.
I do not have stable internet access. I will need to participate in asynchronous classes. I will communicate this with my instructor and I will make alternate plans if needed.
When are All-Modes workshops and how do I find them? Where are the descriptions?
The All-Modes workshop calendar is available on the ATS website. Keep checking back for new workshops, open discussions and training. Also, be sure to enroll and start the Canvas Training Fundamentals Course which provides insights and guidance for bringing your course materials into Canvas. The only requirement for fall courses is that all course materials be available through Canvas. Other decisions about modalities for instruction are at the discretion of faculty.
What should I be doing now?
We’re glad you’re thinking about what you will need to enhance student learning and engagement in All-Modes. Canvas Training Fundamentals is available, as are the first of many workshops and open sessions. (Stay tuned for an invite from the Center for Teaching Learning and Mentoring later this week to join colleagues in working collaboratively as part of “Professional Learning Communities” on fall syllabi using the “Principles for Online Learning at Arcadia” worksheet found in Module 1 of the Canvas training). More training sessions for faculty and teaching staff are being organized now based on the input we have been receiving. If you have questions or needs, please reach out to your department’s Logistics Point Person, and they’ll help you find answers and solutions. Any other questions can be sent to email@example.com.
How will All-Modes Teams work with me/my department?
All departments have met their Logistics Point Person. Each team of three will work with departments and individual department faculty to explore, develop, and implement All-Modes delivery for the Fall.
What is the All-Modes Training Fundamentals course?
This training provides detailed information about Canvas and acts as a guided tour of the Fall 2020 All-Modes Template that was applied to all Fall 2020 courses and sandbox courses. This training will help you understand how the All-Modes Template is organized and what tools and resources are available in Canvas (as well as other programs) to support the All-Modes redesign process and ensure it is ready to be taught in a variety of modalities (Face to Face, Online, Hybrid or a combination). Identify one course to focus on for this training.
What kind of support can I expect to receive for my course development work over the summer and fall?
The support structure that we have assembled for this effort includes several teams: Design, Logistics, and Technical. The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Mentoring will be supporting the design process and creating opportunities for engagement around key All-Modes Ready teaching and learning topics and strategies including inclusive pedagogy, peer-to-peer mentoring, and learning design. These resources will be available to support you throughout the development process. To begin working in the new All-Modes template that was applied to all Fall 2020 courses, we recommend you begin by enrolling in the All-Modes Training Fundamentals in Canvas. To request help with All-Modes, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I know if my section will be canceled? I will need to know this before starting to work on my course. When will I be notified if my course will be canceled?
The undergraduate course cancellations are slated to be finalized by June 29th. The undergraduate academic advisers will be notified shortly before these cancellations. While not 100% guaranteed, we expect that the number of cancellations after June 29th will be minimal.
Am I required to use the All-Modes template that has been applied to my Fall 2020 courses? Can I copy my course materials over from a previous semester?
No, you are not required to use the template and it can be removed. It is recommended you use elements of the template to be sure you are communicating all necessary information out to your course work and support resources available to your students. The template was designed to guide you through the process of redesigning your course to be ready to teach in more than one mode.
Yes, you can copy course materials from another Canvas course and arrange them in the template that works best for your course and your students.