Academic Affairs Pandemic Information
Explanation of class formats (Dr. Theresa Cullen) - September 21, 2020
Classroom Technology and How to Use It - August 19, 2020
Classrooms and conference rooms at Arkansas Tech are equipped with a variety of technologies from projectors and screens for displaying information in a live class to cameras and document cameras for capturing and recording lectures for later viewing. Below are two resources to help identify which technologies are available in which rooms, and how to use those technologies to present your course content.
Quick-start Guide for Webex Teams and Meetings - August 19, 2020
Blackboard Expectations (Detailed Guidance) - August 17, 2020
This document reinforces the PowerPoint presentation of the same name on August 14th. This document contains annotations to each process, as well as expanded language regarding "regular and substantive" interaction.
HLC Expectations - August 14, 2020
academic affairs faculty update - august 13, 2020
ATU Blackboard Expectations - August 14, 2020
Adjunct Faculty Meeting, Fall 2020 - Dr. Barbara Johnson, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Barbara Johnson's presentation to the members of the adjunct faculty on August 11, 2020.
Infographic: Using Video to Assess Student Attention in Virtual Class Meetings
This one-page infographic describes best practices for interacting with students during virtual synchronous sessions (and why they matter).
ATU Online Quality Guidance - August 11, 2020
In the document linked below, please find guidance drafted by the Online Quality Committee during the 2020 spring semester for your consideration. As was discussed during development, this document provides both guidance and a process for departments and faculty members to consider when conducting a departmental or self-assessment of an 100% virtually-delivered course. The requirements of the Higher Learning Commission and our participation in NC-SARA (which allows Arkansas Tech to deliver online programs nationally) requires a means to assessing virtually delivered courses.
Please note this method of assessment is not a required method, but a framework available to the faculty. Colleges, departments, DPTCs, and faculty may use other means of assessing online courses (e.g., Quality Matters, the Online Learning Consortium rubric, or a locally developed methodology) at their respective discretion and under the primacy of the faculty.
Student Blackboard Quick Start Guide - August 11, 2020
Appropriate for sharing with all students, this one page guide provides students with
the necessary information to facilitate a successful start to the Fall term.
Student Blackboard Quick Start Guide (PDF)
Academic Contingency Planning Meeting Notes - August 5, 2020
Student Notification of Schedule and Course Modality Adjustments - August 3, 2020
Students with schedule or course modality adjustments for the Fall semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic received an informational email this morning jointly developed by the Office of the Registrar and the Academic Advising Council.
Introducing Blackboard Ally - August 3, 2020
The addition of Blackboard Ally to our learning management system will help Arkansas Tech University instructors improve the accessibility of course content and support our institutional commitment to an inclusive campus," said Alex Manly, director of technology learning resources in the ATU Office of Information Systems. "Learning materials will work better on mobile phones and tablets as well as with assistive technologies. With this addition of Ally to ATU’s virtual learning environment, students will also have the capacity to retrieve course content in an accessible, alternative format meeting their individual needs without assistance from an instructor. For example, an ordinary print document can be converted by Ally to a mobile-friendly version, an audio file, electronic Braille or ePublication. Improving the accessibility of course content will not only help ensure students with disabilities can access materials, it will also improve the learning experience for students who use mobile devices as well as who want to engage with the material in a different way.
Online Teaching Quick Start
Academic Contingency Planning Group (ACPG)
Classroom student expectations - July 28
The linked PDF document, entitled Classroom Students Expectations Memo, includes the language to be used in your syllabus or course materials to establish the expectations of the behaviors of students while in any instructional space (classroom, lab, studio, etc.) to foster safety in these settings.