In Fall 2020, Arcadia faculty achieved great success using the “All-Modes Ready” approach to online pedagogies. Students showed their confidence in “All-Modes Ready” and fully engaged throughout the semester in courses, labs, community discussions, and global exploration.
For Spring 2021, we will continue to deliver our distinctly 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 Fall, we are preparing for the upcoming semester 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 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 current Canvas courses (and Sandboxes), for example, 'This fulfills requirements 1.4,1.6 and 7.2'. The All Modes Quality Rubric does not evaluate the course subject matter.
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?
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 well as many workshops and open sessions. Training sessions for faculty and teaching staff are being offered based on the input received. If you have questions or needs, please reach out to your department’s All-Modes point person, and they will help you find answers and solutions. Any other questions can be sent to email@example.com.
What is the All-Modes Training Fundamentals course?
This training provides detailed information about Canvas and acts as a guided tour of the All-Modes Template that was applied to all Canvas 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 fall?
The support structure that we have assembled for this effort includes the All-Modes Team and Digital Learning Services. 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 All-Modes template that was applied to all Canvas 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 January. The undergraduate academic advisers will be notified shortly before these cancellations. While not 100% guaranteed, we expect that the number of cancellations after January will be minimal.
Am I required to use the All-Modes template that has been applied to my Canvas 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 (directions can be found within the template applied to each course). It is recommended you use elements of the template to be sure you are communicating all necessary information about 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. If you have already created a course using the template, it is recommended that you remove the template, then copy the content (all or specific items) to the course. Directions can be found in the template of your course.