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The Office of Faculty Development

March 2020 Tuesday Tips

3 March 2020:

To learn efficiently, students must be healthy. And to teach effectively, faculty must be healthy. If you’re sick with a cold or flu and need to stay home and rest, you can get medicine to manage your symptoms at a reduced priced. Thanks to the campus WellCat Health Center(opens in new window), faculty can get over-the-counter drugs (generic in some cases) for a fraction of the retail price. For example, you can purchase Nyquil for $2.17, Robitussin for $1.85, Advil for $1.85, or Multi-vitamins for $1.85. A complete list of over 100 medicines and supplements on the pharmacy medication list (PDF) are available at the pharmacy window during normal business hours.

If you’re not sick but need a “mental wellness” day off, consider taking the one Personal Holiday that all faculty are entitled to each year (see CBA 33.3 (PDF)).

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10 March 2020:

Check out today’s 90-second Tuesday Video Tip(opens in new window) on using Zoom for online learning and see supporting resources below.

Chico State Instructional Continuity Plan and Tools to Help Faculty: https://www.csuchico.edu/tlp/keep-teaching/index.shtml(opens in new window)

Workshops for Faculty to Get Started Using Zoom: https://www.csuchico.edu/tlp/events/index.shtml(opens in new window)


If you can’t make it to a Zoom workshop, here is how to set up Zoom yourself.

1. Activate your Zoom Account(opens in new window) (one-time task)

2. Add a Zoom Room to Blackboard (opens in new window)to meet with your students in a live, virtual classroom or one-on-one for student hours. 

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24 March 2020:

Our jobs and our lives have changed significantly in the past two weeks.

Below are a list of resources to support your transition to alternative teaching formats this week. If you would like to share your thoughts about any teaching resources you need, questions you have, or ideas you’d like to share with other faculty, let us know(opens in new window).


Resources for Chico State Faculty

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30 March 2020:

Dear Chico State Faculty,

I want to acknowledge your extraordinary work during this pedagogical transition. To support your ongoing efforts, the Office of Faculty Development will host an optional “Virtual Faculty Learning Community (VFLC)” via Zoom on Thursday mornings from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. for the rest of the semester. This is a time for faculty to connect with one another, ask questions, share ideas, and raise concerns. We will spend the first 15 minutes discussing the most up-to-date resources and tools available to you. The remaining 45 minutes will be spent engaged in conversations about topics that you want to discuss with each other. Examples could include administering online final exams, maintaining a sense of community for students online, or staying healthy during this process. Bring your questions and ideas! 

Sessions will be NOT be recorded but we will sum up any resources mentioned on the FDEV Home Page(opens in new window). This VFLC is totally voluntary and there is no compensation. You are free to arrive late, leave early, or just be present for any portion of the session that your schedule allows.

-Josh

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