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  • Instructional Continuity Planning

    The Office of Academic Technology has prepared a website, "Emergency Remote Teaching Guidelines": https://at.csudh.edu/remote_guidelines.html. Please see the Pre-Planning Preparation Tips below for more resources. Academic Technology has developed hyperlinks that will connect you to relevant information, including a series of Blackboard/Academic Technology Open Lab and Zoom-based workshop sessions designed to assist you.

    If you have been assigned to teach this semester, you have automatic access to our Blackboard Learning Management System.

  • Pre-Planning Preparation Tips

    • Practice accessing Blackboard from home (https://toro.csudh.edu);
    • Upload syllabus, content, assignments into Blackboard if you have not already done so;
    • Establish a complete and frequently updated grade book;
    • Academic Technology will host a series of open lab and workshop sessions to utilize our technology tools to facilitate instruction online;
    • Consult Remote Teaching Guidelines FAQs;
    • Blackboard/Academic Technology Tutorials for faculty and students are available at https://at.csudh.edu/docs/;
    • Adjust attendance policies so as not to penalize students who become ill or are placed under quarantine;
    • CSUDH has a laptop loan program for students and faculty. Please let your students know they can register for the program at https://techloaner.csudh.edu/.

    Please remember that our students look to you not only as mentors but also as role models. As we plan for potential COVID-19 impact, we need to remember that we are a welcoming, equity-minded community that respects all cultures and communities. We ask that you make every effort to accommodate students and their needs at this time.

  • Faculty Resource Sharing via Blackboard

    In an effort to provide assistance to faculty as we transition to an Alternative teaching environment, the Faculty Development Center (FDC), in conjunction with Office of Academic Technology, has created a one-stop resource to address all of your alternative teaching questions and concerns. Through the FDC Blackboard site, faculty have access to a variety of features, including:

    • Access to our appointment calendar to schedule one-on-one meeting with Faculty-Peer Facilitators for Advisory Consultations to assist in transitioning your F2F courses to an Alternative teaching modality.
    • Discussion Forum threads concerning faculty needs, available resources and one for Urgent Concerns.
    • FDC Lesson sign-ups and Faculty Resource Content.
      Blackboard Information and Tutorials.
      Online Teaching Resource Links (including info on 3rd party apps, like: Zoom, Doodle, Slack and Google Voice).
    • Personnel, Support and Wellness resources for faculty.
    • Official CSUDH COVID-19 Policy memos.

    Please take advantage of these resources over the coming days as classes resume using an alternative teaching modality. Please begin to use the discussion forums as the primary medium in which to post any questions, or address any issues, that you may have concerns about. The FDC will make every effort to respond to your requests in a quick and timely matter.

    Faculty may access the site by logging into Blackboard.

  • More Resources for Remote Teaching

  • Lecture Capture @ DHTV (Location: Welch Hall D114)

    Because of the face-to-face class cancellations, several instructors have requested access to DHTV to do bulk studio recordings of their lectures. DHTV is offering lecture recording time on a first-come, first-serve basis for any instructor who would like to record in a studio setting. If you are interested, please click the link below to book time in the studio.

    Lecture Capture @ DHTV Signup Page

  • What if a student gets sick with COVID-19 and can't complete courses this semester?

    Per the Incomplete Grade policy: a grade of Incomplete may be assigned if a student is unable to complete a definable portion of course work and indicates that there is still a possibility of credit upon completion of this work.

    Students are allowed up to one year to complete the outstanding coursework.

  • Important Dates and Deadlines

    • Spring 2020 Intersession Registration: March 9-May 20
    • Summer 2020 Registration: March 16-July 10
    • Request for withdrawal: June 1
    • Fall 2020 Registration: April 20-August 23
    • Last Day of Scheduled Classes: May 8, 2020
    • Final Examinations: May 9-15
    • Commencement postponed. Updates will be available on the Commencement website.
  • Remote Work Information

  • Technology Resources

    Hundreds of laptops have been made available for check-out by students, faculty, and staff through the Technology Loaner Program. Additional equipment will continue to be added over the coming weeks to address critical university instructional and operational needs.

    A designated drive-up collection has been created for technology distribution to maintain social distancing. Instructions for collection will be emailed to those who who made a tech loan reservation.

    To secure personal and university equipment, visit: www.csudh.edu/it/security/be-secure.

    To set up various secure connectivity and access, as well as find links for software application access, visit: www.csudh.edu/alert/technology-resources.

  • Paychecks and Cal Employee Connect (CEC)

    In an effort to further maximize social distancing and reduce large gatherings on campus, CSUDH will be mailing all live paychecks to CSUDH employees and student assistants effective April 1, 2020 to the mailing address we have on file. This applies to live paychecks that were not collected on or before March 30, 2020.

    If the mailing address is not available, it will be mailed to the employee's home address on file. CSUDH will continue to mail live paychecks until normal campus operations resume when paychecks and direct deposit stubs will be distributed through departments. Please be sure your mailing address is updated in the MyCSUDH portal.

    Employees are also encouraged to sign up for direct deposit by submitting the completed Direct Deposit Form [PDF] to Payroll Services via mail or in-person. Payroll Services will be open with limited hours, and those who prefer to drop off forms in-person should contact Payroll Services at payrollservices@csudh.edu to make arrangements. Please do not email this form as it contains confidential information that should not be sent via email for security purposes.

    Questions regarding paycheck distribution may be addressed to sfs@csudh.edu or by calling 310-243-3780.

    Cal Employee Connect

    In response to COVID-19, starting May 20, 2020, the State Controller's Office (SCO) will suspend the printing of direct deposit advices for agencies that have electronic access to earnings and deduction information through Cal Employee Connect (CEC), a secure self-service portal.

    Cal Employee Connect allows state employees to view, print, and electronically save their own W2, direct-deposit earnings statements, and more.

    As a California State University (CSU) employee, your pay check/direct deposit advice and annual W-2 are issued (hard copy) by the State Controller’s Office (SCO). These hard copy documents have been the only means made available to you by the SCO as a record of your earnings, until now.

    The State Controller's office has produced a tool that will allow employees to view their earnings statements and W-2's, along with personal information. 

    To register for the secure portal, just have one of your recent paystubs (issued within the last six months) and complete the simple online process within a few minutes.

    Read registration instructions and details about the most common features of Cal Employee Connect [PDF]. You also can find answers to frequently asked questions at Connect CEC FAQs.

    If you have questions or need assistance, email connecthelp@sco.ca.gov.

    As SCO continues to make improvements and add features to Cal Employee Connect, please send your feedback to connectfeedback@sco.ca.gov.

  • What if I am struggling and need help?

    If you feel like you cannot stop worrying, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help you. Go to mylifematters.com and enter employee code DHToros for more resources and information.  For immediate, in-person access to LifeMatters services, call 1-800-367-7474. Expert assistance is available 24/7/365.

    The CSU is also offering employees additional resources during the COVID-19 crisis. View the full list of benefits [PDF].

  • Setting up a Home Work Station

    As most faculty and staff have transitioned to working at home, it is important to think about your workstation. Consider how your computer/laptop, chair, and workspace are set up to keep you in neutral postures.

    Please take the computer ergonomics course on CSU Learn. To access, log into my.csudh.edu, and click the CSU Learn icon. Then, search for "Computer Ergonomics" on CSU Learn and take the 19-minute course. The workstation checklist at the end of the training will help you evaluate your workstation.

    Please also use this visual to assess how your workstation should look.

  • Borrowing CSUDH Property for Remote Work

    You may borrow certain items from your office which will help you perform your job from home.

    To do this, complete the COVID-19 Property Loan form [PDF] and forward it to your supervisor, who will approve and submit it on your behalf. Your emailed submission to your supervisor will serve as signature of the form.

    After your form is processed, you will receive an email with a date for when you can return to campus to collect your items. You may not return to campus until you are provided with this return date via email.

    Contact your supervisor if you have questions.

  • Using Your Office Phone from a Remote Device

    Clearspan Communicator is a softphone/software app that allows CSUDH employees to use their office phone on a remote device. Now you can send and receive office calls on a device of your choice (mobile phone, desktop, laptop, or tablet) using the Communicator. The number displayed to recipients will be your office number, and you will no longer need to forward campus calls.

    Learn how to set up Clearspan on IT's Service Now website.

  • 2020-2021 Academic Year

  • Fall 2020 Class Schedule

    The Fall 2020 Class Schedule is now available online at https://www.csudh.edu/class-schedule/fa20/

    Registration for the Fall 2020 semester begins on Monday, April 20, 2020.

    If you have any questions regarding:

    • the website or are having problems with a link, please email Yvette Nava
    • a particular office or department, please contact that office or department
    • the classes/courses offered, please contact the appropriate academic department or program
  • 2020-2021 University Catalog

    The 2020-2021 University Catalog is now available online at csudh.edu/university-catalog.

    If you have any questions regarding:

    • the website or are having problems with a link, please email the Office of Academic Programs at creview@csudh.edu
    • a particular office or department, please contact that office or department
    • the classes/courses offered, please contact the appropriate academic department or program
  • Campus Services and Facilities Updates

  • Should I wear a mask on campus?

    Yes. All residents of Los Angeles County should wear a mask in public and maintain social distancing. This is also advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Masks are required in public in the City of Carson. For more information, visit the CDC website and watch a video explaining how to make a homemade mask.

  • GWAR Suspension

    Per the CSU Chancellor's Office March 12, 2020 Memo, the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) is suspended for all Spring and Summer 2020. The GWE exam dates for Spring and Summer 2020 have been cancelled and seniors graduating in Spring and Summer 2020 who were planning to take the Graduation Writing Exam (GWE) will still be allowed to graduate.

    For FAQ regarding GWAR and additional information, visit the Toro Learning and Testing Center website.

  • Access to Space

    Your access may be restricted as follows:

    Faculty Offices

    There will be no change to your access to private offices. However, the shared faculty touchdown spaces in the Classroom Village will be locked and unavailable for use.

    General Purpose Classrooms

    Beginning Monday, March 30, these will be locked and unavailable for use.

    Laboratories and Other Specialized Instructional Spaces

    Beginning Monday, March 30, these will be locked and unavailable for use, with very limited exceptions for faculty and individual students who need access for video production and postproduction, protecting live experimental subjects, on-camera demonstrations for classes, or maintaining specialized equipment. Please view this list of rooms that will be open for these purposes, and the employees authorized to enter them [PDF]. If you believe you should be added to this list, please contact your college dean.

    Brief Visits to Campus After March 30

    • If you need brief entry to pick something up, then you should bring your employee identification and allow time for someone to come unlock the door for you when you get here. Try to bundle your trips: each time you enter a building and room, custodians need to go in after you to disinfect it.
    • The best time to come to campus is between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays. When you get here, call facilities at 310-243-3804 to summon the locksmith.
    • For access after hours, please contact the campus police at 310-243-3639.
    • If what you're picking up is valuable enough to be tagged with an Asset Management Number (e.g. university-owned scanners, printers, etc.), then you should first complete a Property Loan Form [PDF].
    • Give the completed and signed form to the person who unlocks your office. Both facilities and the campus police will have a supply of these forms for employees without a printer at home.
    • Note that when you bring IT equipment off campus, you don't bring IT Support with you. Take only the pieces you're confident you can install and maintain without help.
  • University Library

    The library building will be closed for reasons of health and safety and the university's ability to maintain continued sanitation measures.

    More updates will be posted on the Library website.

    Librarians and library staff are available via chat, email, and text to support and assist students with their resource needs. Assistance and resources available online.

    California State University Libraries Response to COVID-19

    The 23 California State University (CSU) Libraries are providing expanded support for our students and faculty as we move to a virtual instruction environment. While some steps are purely local, two critical measures result from a system-wide collaboration:

    • provision of a rich array of expanded, full-text databases and
    • an extension of library circulation due dates for library materials (books, media, hardware, and more) and dismissal of library fines for continuing students, faculty, staff, and community users.

    Your local CSU Library is engaged in expanded virtual teaching and research support (digitizing collections, equipment lending, online instruction or research help, and more). See the links above for more information from your specific campus library regarding services or how to safely access or return materials.

    View the full CSU Libraries statement.

  • Toro Computer Lab

    The computer lab on the first floor of the Library (LIBG-149) is currently closed. Laptop check-out is available to students at https://techloaner.csudh.edu/. Alternative ways to support students' technological needs are under consideration and announcements will be made soon.

  • What is "Essential Research" at CSUDH?

    In the March 17 memorandum from President Parham, the following statement is made: The campus is not closed, although some services may not be available. As we assess our capacity to render services, the university will sustain essential facility, security, information technology, vivaria, farm, greenhouse, and research operations, and the like, as well as financial and business operations.

    As a reminder, personal health and safety is the most important consideration; there is no research work that takes place at CSUDH more important than the health of the community. Beyond that, CSUDH defines "essential research" as research that:

    1. Directly benefits students working toward their degrees (such as thesis work);
    2. The interruption of which will cause immediate or long-term, foreseeable harm to research subjects (human or animal) if not allowed to continue;
    3. The interruption of which will cause immediate or long-term, foreseeable damage to equipment in the custodial care of CSUDH if not allowed to continue; or
    4. The interruption of which will cause immediate or long-term, foreseeable damage to the reputation of CSUDH if not allowed to continue.

    The University will make every reasonable attempt to ensure that research falling into one of the above categories is maintained at least at the minimum level needed to prevent harm or damage. There is a great deal of research, scholarship, and creative activity (RSCA) taking place on our campus that does not fit into one of these four categories.

    Among the factors that will determine the ability of CSUDH to continue to support such work are:

    1. Compatibility with social distancing
    2. Resource requirements: Physical (lab/studio space), IT, financial, etc.
    3. Travel requirements
    4. Personnel requirements

    Inquiries about specific projects will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Projects that cannot continue which are externally-supported will have the support of the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs when communicating with funding agencies; several of these have already issued statements regarding the present situation, and are aware of the difficulties faced by us and others. Internally-funded RSCA projects will receive reasonable consideration for delays incurred due to the current situation.

    During this time, the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs remains open. Like many other members of the CSUDH Community, our staff are available to assist you remotely via email or zoom. For faculty members needing proposal development assistance, video conferencing via zoom is available upon request. Please continue to work with your assigned research administrator as you normally would.

    Questions may be referred to Gillian Fischer, Director of Sponsored Research and Programs, or John Price, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.

  • Resources for Students in Need

    The Basic Needs Program and Toro Food Pantry are working to secure bags of food for students in need. An announcement will be made when the bags become available.

    For more information about where to find free food in the South Bay, students should visit the Basic Needs website.

    CSUDH Basic Needs has also compiled a list of financial resources [PDF] for students in need.

  • Statements to Faculty (most to least recent)

  • May 5, 2020: Finishing Strong and Fall 2020 Planning

    To: CSUDH Faculty
    From: Michael E. Spagna, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Dear Colleagues,

    First, let me commend you all for your incredible efforts over the last several weeks to ensure that we fulfill our critical mission at CSUDH: to provide high-quality instruction to our students, assuring them of a pathway forward in realizing their dreams and thriving in their lives beyond their time with us at the university.

    And you achieved these accomplishments in the face of unparalleled adversity - with all of you managing unbelievable distractions and disruptions to your personal lives as you cared for family, friends, and loved ones in your communities.

    As we enter our next sixty years as an institution of higher education, I am honored to be associated with CSU Dominguez Hills at this pivotal moment. When this chapter of our history is written, the self-efficacy of our community will stand out, in a moment when our students needed us most. I am extremely proud of all of you. Thank you.

    Second, and most importantly, as we enter the month of May, I urge you to do everything in your power to finish strong by submitting your course grades on time. As you know, we have made some significant adjustments in our university grading policies to support students during this most unusual of academic semesters. By submitting your grades on time, you fulfill our commitment to our students, and we ensure that they can take advantage of any grading adjustments they might choose to initiate by June 1 .

    Now, on to Fall 2020 planning and by extension some thinking related to the upcoming 2020- 2021 academic year. As we heard from President Parham at a town hall this morning, planning for Fall 2020 has been underway for the last couple of weeks. He has now formed a Fall 2020 Recovery Planning Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Cheryl Koos and Dr. Ruttanatip (Dang) Chonwerawong. The committee will use the latest information on COVID-19 recovery strategies, applying California Critical Indicators for Reopening as a guiding framework, to design a multi-phased instructional delivery approach for Fall 2020.

    The committee will seek broad consultation across campus stakeholder groups, including the Academic Senate, Associated Students Incorporated, and our labor unions, as it does its work. Given that summer is right around the corner, the committee will present some preliminary plans, including opportunities for professional development in June and July, to guide us as we approach a new academic year.

    Our overall goal is to recover the momentum we were building before the pandemic, as soon as we can. At the same time, we recognize the high stakes of this work:

    • the pandemic has had a differential impact on our students and poses ongoing challenges in widening equity gaps we have worked so hard to diminish over the past several years;

    • now more than ever, we must strive for building up the “job resilience” of our graduates, ensuring that they not only obtain degrees but that they also apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired with us to thrive in their personal and professional lives after college;

    • and we recognize that "we are all in this together" by embracing the notion that interdependence will be a crucial ingredient for our success, specifically through our commitment to internal and external partnerships to jointly solve challenges that we will undoubtedly face in the year ahead. 

    Again, thank you for your commitment to our students, your collegiality with your peers as we have navigated unprecedented disruptions in your personal and professional lives, and your dedication to our university and its mission.

  • April 1, 2020: Alternative Instruction

    To: CSUDH Faculty
    From: Michael E. Spagna, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Dear Colleagues,

    I have no specific business to transact with this communication—other than to express my gratitude for all that you are doing to meet our mission of providing quality instruction and promoting student success.

    As we learned in a press conference yesterday, the next two weeks are going to be particularly difficult for all of us as the various measures we have taken across the country stand as a bulwark against the spread of COVID- 19. But even as we navigate this difficult stretch, I wanted to let you know directly how incredibly impressed I have been by all of your efforts to deliver alternative instruction. The level of peer-to-peer support, sharing of expertise in providing online and virtual education, and overall commitment to our university and our students have been unbelievable.

    As faculty members, you set an important tone in times of intense stress. Many of our students are employed in the very sectors hit hardest by the pandemic – the retail, restaurant, and gig jobs that disappeared a few weeks ago. Their hardships can be unimaginable. But I've seen you rise to that repeatedly, with gestures of understanding, guidance, and compassion.

    I also want to acknowledge all of the efforts of the deans, associate deans, chairs, area leads, and staff. Every person has made a difference in meeting the seemingly endless challenges that confront us daily. One of the best gifts anyone can receive is a communication of appreciation and thanks. (I still treasure receiving such notes—whether it be from middle school students I taught years ago or from teachers that I worked with as they pursued their credentials in educator preparation programs.) So, go ahead and engage in thanking our colleagues.

    Finally, as Martin Seligman, the father of Positive Psychology, reminds us, the most satisfied, upbeat people [are] those who [have] discovered and exploited their unique combination of signature strengths such as humanity, temperance, and persistence. I know that many of us are actively discovering strengths we didn't think we had in the age of COVID-19. In my career as an educator, I rejected a deficit mindset a long time ago; instead, I urge you to spend these next two weeks in "strengthening strengths" - in yourselves, in your students, and in those you love.

    Be well, stay safe, and thank YOU for working together for our collective good as a Toro community.

    Michael E. Spagna
    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

  • March 27, 2020: Teaching Remotely Quick Reference

    To: CSUDH Faculty
    From: Emily Magruder, Ph.D., Director of CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning

    Dear Colleagues,

    As the CSU and institutions of higher education across the country and the world have quickly pivoted to virtual instruction, the faculty development community has generated a tremendous amount of resources.

    The Institute for Teaching and Learning and the CSU Faculty Development Council have created this quick reference for Teaching Remotely During Disruption. It is adapted from one of the many guides for online teaching that the faculty development community has generously shared, and it incorporates what we have learned so far as faculty across our system keep teaching and supporting our students during this disruption.

    This quick reference is intended to help instructors decide which strategies and approaches to try at this unprecedented moment.

    We have a tremendous amount to learn together. Suggestions for improving this guide can be emailed to csuitl@calstate.edu.

    Sincerely,

    Emily

  • March 20, 2020: Alternative Instruction Begins Monday, March 23

    To: CSUDH Faculty
    From: Michael E. Spagna, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Dear Colleagues,

    Thank you for your resilience, flexibility, and dedication. We'll be counting on you to balance access with quality as we seek to finish the semester for the greatest possible number of students.

    Based on President Parham's message on March 17th, some things are now clear:

    We will not resume face-to-face instruction this spring.

    • We will not resume face-to-face instruction this spring.Instead, we will be employing "alternative instruction," which connotes a wide range of delivery options (e.g., online, virtual, synchronous, asynchronous, etc.) for the rest of the term.
    • Our response to the pandemic is at an inflection point. Going forward, expect more communication from your department chairs and deans as we navigate a variety of instruction-related issues.
    • As we move into this next phase, safeguarding the integrity of our degrees is more important than ever. This means making appropriate, discipline-based decisions about optimizing our available resources.

    For the last week or so I've been in twice-daily meetings with the President and other members of the Cabinet, and daily meetings with your deans and associate deans. We've also received frequent direction from the system and state levels. Given the sobering news we received from Governor Newsom and Mayor Garcetti last evening, the "Safer at Home" emergency order is a reminder of how serious our situation is, but it's not unexpected. It's just the latest in a series of tightening restrictions, and it probably won't be the last.

    But remember, we've essentially been preparing for this over the past week. All your hard work during this pause in instruction is more important now than ever.

    Faculty are pulling together to make the best of our new reality. I've especially appreciated your messages on the campus listservs, and the way you've outlined your messages to students. We should prepare for heightened scrutiny of this unusual semester. As faculty, you should consider how you'd like to handle your tenure and promotion clock, perceived teaching evaluations, and open recruitments. Faculty Affairs and Development, CFA, and your deans and department chairs can help address any questions or concerns you have.

    In the same spirit, students will want to know they're fairly evaluated. If you haven't already, you might take note of your students' grades as of March 12, before we suspended face-to-face instruction. Frequent grading and feedback have always been an educational best practice; its value is even higher now. Above all, we'll be counting on you to remind our students they can do this. In lives already busy and stretched thin, many will see these new pressures as a reason to give up – out of stress, confusion, or exhaustion. We have to be there for them and each other.

    As we prepare for next week, I wanted to share a contribution from my 17-year-old daughter Sophia who was inspired to create the message below--and appearing on the sidewalk in front of our home. (She was lamenting a lost senior year in high school with all of the canceled events and missed opportunities to connect with close friends.)

    Chalk message: We are all in this together

    Instruction begins again on Monday. We know what's at stake. Let's do this!

    Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for all you do to ensure the educational success of our students.

    Michael E. Spagna
    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

  • March 12, 2020: Instructional Continuity

    To: CSUDH Faculty
    From: Michael E. Spagna, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Dear Colleagues,

    Consistent with President Parham's message to the campus community yesterday (March 11, 2020), I wanted to provide some options to consider as we explore opportunities to engage in alternative instruction starting next week on Wednesday, March 18th. In assembling this information, our deans, associate deans, chairs, and faculty have contributed many of these ideas, and I encourage our entire academic community to continue to work collaboratively towards ensuring that we maintain the highest quality of instruction going forward.

    First and foremost, "alternative instruction" does not imply that all educational activities need to be converted or adapted to online learning; instead, alternative instruction offers a broader range of delivery options, including online, virtual, synchronous, asynchronous, and a myriad of other instructional models.

    As we engage in thinking about how we might prepare for such alternative delivery of instruction, I have synthesized a list of ideas and suggestions from a variety of sources, including the incredible expertise of our colleagues. This list is by no means exhaustive, and I will continue to post additional articles, instructional resources, etc. on our alert page (https://www.csudh.edu/alert/) under the heading of "For Faculty: Instructional Continuity Planning." One of the better pieces recently appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, entitled "Going online in a hurry: What to do and where to start" (see https://www.chronicle.com/article/Going-Online-in-a-Hurry-What/248207).

    A Working List of Guiding Principles for Alternative Instruction:

    1. Communicate with your students routinely and frequently. Be available by email, BlackBoard, and video conferencing. State our shared commitment to students often and without equivocation. Take time to listen to students and respond.

    2. Start by reviewing your course learning outcomes. How can these be achieved without meeting in person? Think outside the box. Be creative and don't be afraid to experiment.

    3. Crowdsource your strategy. We already have a wealth of instructional expertise right here at CSUDH. Additionally, faculty at our sister CSUs and around the country are experiencing the same challenges. Use your disciplinary contacts and CSU colleagues to build a network. Google docs and digital crowdsourcing platforms are rapidly expanding—learn from your colleagues and contribute your own good ideas.

    4. If in-person instruction is unavoidable or if students need to come to campus to use labs or equipment, consider strategies to reduce their time on campus. Reduce group sizes and stagger hours. Additionally, when considering alternatives to offering laboratory classes in a face-to-face format, think about using online simulations, instructor demonstrations (possibly live via Zoom) and videos to convey knowledge and concepts that address student learning objectives, which, when combined with previous hands-on experience during the semester, may be sufficient.

    5. Take advantage of existing digital resources— both internal and external to the campus. That includes resources from publishers, online videos, podcasts, and more.

    6. Retool your pedagogy. We have already provided a schedule of upcoming Academic Technology workshops under the heading of "More resources" on the aforementioned "For Faculty" section of the CSUDH alert page. Additionally, consider opportunities to explore best practices for modifying assignments by conducting internet searches using terms such as alternative online assignments.

    7. Remember: You are already an effective instructor. That's why you work at CSUDH! And now is the time to demonstrate your strengths.

    Thank you for your commitment to academic excellence here at CSUDH, and please accept my gratitude for your dedication to our students and their educational success.

    Michael E. Spagna
    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

  • March 9, 2020: Instructional Continuity

    To: CSUDH Faculty
    From: Michael E. Spagna, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Dear Colleagues,

    In order to respond to and make preparations for instructional continuity due to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we need to ensure that CSU Dominguez Hills faculty are prepared for the possibility that our campus community may be impacted in the coming weeks and months.

    As you know, the situation with COVID-19 is fluid and is changing by the hour and day. This email is likely to be only the first in a series that addresses instructional and educational continuity plans in the event that it is recommended that we move to instructional alternatives, as Stanford University and the University of Washington did last week. Academic Affairs is working collaboratively with Information Technology and its Office of Academic Technology to ensure support for faculty, staff, and students.

    Given the current circumstances, we ask you to be ready to move your class meetings, assignments, and exams to our online environment. We recommend that departments and colleges discuss the best and appropriate approaches for their disciplines and discipline-based pedagogy. We also ask you to work together for our students' success and safety.

    The Office of Academic Technology has prepared a website, "Emergency Remote Teaching Guidelines": https://at.csudh.edu/remote_guidelines.html. Please see the Pre-Planning Preparation Tips below for more resources. Academic Technology has developed hyperlinks that will connect you to relevant information, including a series of Blackboard/Academic Technology Open Lab and Zoom-based workshop sessions designed to assist you. We have also included PDFs of the FAQs for Faculty and the Academic Technology workshop schedule in this email.

    All of this information can be found under the heading "Instructional Continuity Planning" at the following link: https://www.csudh.edu/alert/. Please add this link to your bookmarks in order to follow regular updates that we will be posting in the coming days and weeks.

    If you have been assigned to teach this semester, you have automatic access to our Blackboard Learning Management System.

    Pre-Planning Preparation Tips:

    • Practice accessing Blackboard from home (https://toro.csudh.edu);
    • Upload syllabus, content, assignments into Blackboard if you have not already done so;
    • Establish a complete and frequently updated grade book;
    • Academic Technology will host a series of open lab and workshop sessions to utilize our technology tools to facilitate instruction online;
    • Consult Remote Teaching Guidelines FAQs;
    • Blackboard/Academic Technology Tutorials for faculty and students are available at https://at.csudh.edu/docs/;
    • Adjust attendance policies so as not to penalize students who become ill or are placed under quarantine;
    • CSUDH has a laptop loan program for students and faculty. Please let your students know they can register for the program at https://techloaner.csudh.edu/.

    Please remember that our students look to you not only as mentors but also as role models. As we plan for potential COVID-19 impact, we need to remember that we are a welcoming, equity-minded community that respects all cultures and communities. We ask that you make every effort to accommodate students and their needs at this time.

    Once more, for up-to-the-minute news of the CSUDH response, we encourage you to visit https://www.csudh.edu/alert/.

    Although the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has presented a multitude of challenges for us as an educational community, the Toro Nation will be up to the task, working collaboratively to ensure the health and safety of our community and the educational success of our students.

    Michael E. Spagna
    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Charles E. Thomas
    Associate Professor of Business Law Chair of the Academic Senate

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