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For Faculty and Staff

COVID-19 Campus Updates

Dear Students at MCCC/OCCC:

While there is currently no community transmitted cases of COVID-19 in Fresno and Madera counties, State Center Community College District (SCCCD) is planning to make some changes in response to the growing concerns of COVID-19.

As you likely have heard by now, SCCCD is temporarily suspending in-person, on-campus classes from Monday, March 16 through Thursday, March 19.  During this period your instructors, who are currently teaching their classes as a “face-to-face” class on campus, will prepare to migrate their respective classes to the online/hybrid format.  While we understand that certain classes, including labs, are challenging to be taught online, we are trying to migrate as many of the classes as possible. 

If you are currently taking classes online/hybrid, those classes will continue as scheduled, without breaks. Also, select classes, including some CTE programs, nursing, labs, and clinical will meet next week as scheduled. For classes that are currently offered face-to-face, the transition to online / hybrid will begin Friday, March 20, or sooner.   Additionally, 2nd, 9-week sessions are set to begin March 16th. Please check your Canvas page for specific instructions from your instructor. 


Frequently asked questions for faculty and staff

For any students who miss class due to coronavirus symptoms, it is advisable that faculty provide some latitude with regard to their attendance policies. Additionally, faculty should provide the resources necessary to accommodate these students and support their academic progress.

Faculty experiencing symptoms should self-isolate and contact their health care providers. Sick leave should be used for any resulting absences.

The College will host training sessions and offer in-person assistance Monday, 3/16, through Thursday, 3/19. Check your email and the website for an updated schedule.

In the meantime, here is some information. As your course moves online, it must meet the Title 5 requirements of Regular and Effective Contact. Take the time to create a syllabus addendum to include information about how the class will work online: 

  • Give an overview of how the course will be conducted. How will you send communications to students? Where should students look for content in Canvas? (Maybe modules?). Will there be any major assignments during this time that need to be restructured (like a group assignment)?  
  • How can students contact you? (Zoom, e-mail, phone) 
  • When can students contact you? And when will you respond?  
  • If you have office hours, give students instructions for accessing office hours. Office hours need to be completed using an interactive tool, like Zoom.  
  • Remember, all instructional materials and videos will need to be accessible, and this includes captioning videos you may use. Unfortunately, the 3C Media grant is not currently available for captioning but Confer Zoom does have auto-captioning and creates a transcript at the end of the recording.  
  • Do you have an accessibility question? See the Canvas Accessibility Courses for Word, PPT, and PDF to fix specific accessibility errors.

Generally, continuity of instruction can be achieved by using Confer Zoom and Canvas. Think about the adjustments you may need to make to move specific assignments and activities online. Will you need to use parts of Canvas you are not familiar with, like groups or peer review assignments? Do you need to move your exams online?

DE Coordinator, Amanda Taintor, and Instructional Designer, Kevin Scritchfield, have created numerous trainings to help faculty with Canvas and Confer Zoom. These trainings are available recorded, online, and face-to-face. Please follow-up directly with them on specific instructional solutions to challenges you might face as you transition.

Finally, all faculty have been enrolled in the Canvas shell “Teacher Toolbox”.  If you need to help locating this course on your canvas dashboard contact Kevin or Amanda.

As much as we may struggle to move online, many of our students struggle to use classroom technologies as well. Here are some ways you can begin to prepare them for a transition: 

  • Ask your students what technologies they have at home. Do they all have access to WiFi? A device? The college has options to help connect students to the necessary equipment to help make them successful. As you plan your instructional activities, remember that some technologies require stronger and faster WiFi than others.  
  • Practice in class using Zoom and Canvas. Maybe give students a quiz in class or have them submit an assignment to Canvas. Do you require work that is completed with a pencil and paper? There are ways students can submit handwritten documents, and we can strategize if a class specifically needs that functionality. But again, this is something that should be practiced in class prior to an emergency. 

All College-sponsored events and activities have been canceled or postponed. Please check with the organizer.

Committees will now be managed remotely. Check your email for updates.

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