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March 13th, 2020 

A Message to our Partners

We know this is a challenging time for our higher education partners due to health concerns posed by COVID-19 (coronavirus). We also recognize that a lot is being asked of faculty, many making a quick transition online, so that students can continue to learn.

As always, the ACUE team remains committed to and focused on supporting our partners to ensure instructional continuity, and we are well prepared to continue delivering our programs virtually. We have created a Coronavirus Response page on our website where we’ll post regular updates, resources and tools.

To support instructors needing to make a quick transition to remote learning environments, we’re offering a set of free resources any all facultyACUE’s Online Teaching Resource — that can be immediately put to use to make that transition a smoother one for both instructors and their students. We encourage you to view the videos, download the planning guides, and share with your fellow faculty!

Bookmark ACUE Coronavirus Response Page
New! Online Teaching Resources

ACUE's new Online Teaching Resources can help you make the transition to a variety of remote teaching environments. 

These free resources are divided into six key topic areas for teaching remotely:

  1. Welcoming students to the online environment
  2. Managing your online presence
  3. Organizing your online course
  4. Planning and facilitating quality discussions
  5. Recording effective microlectures
  6. Engaging students in readings and microlectures

Special thanks to our incredibly talented and gracious contributors:

  • Michael Wesch, Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Kansas State University
  • Flower Darby, Director of Teaching for Student Success, Northern Arizona University, and author, with James M. Lang, of Small Teaching Online
  • Kevin Kelly, Coauthor of Advancing Online Teaching: Creating Equity-Based Digital Learning Environments
We encourage you to view, download and share!
Access New Online Teaching Resources

News in Brief

The latest news and opinions in higher education. This collection of "News in Brief" is focused on coverage related to COVID-19 and the impact on higher education.
Inside Higher Ed Coronavirus Coverage
Inside Higher Ed is maintaining a roundup of news updates related specifically to coronavirus. (Inside Higher Ed)
The Coronavirus Is Upending Higher Ed. Here Are the Latest Developments.
The Chronicle of Higher Education is tracking its latest developments in this running article. The latest updates include the NCAA’s decision to cancel all spring postseason tournaments, even more colleges asking students to leave campus, and several more institutions that said employees had tested positive for Covid-19. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Coronavirus Has Led to a Rush of Online Teaching. Here’s Some Advice for Newly Remote Instructors
From choosing a web conferencing tool to using polls to keep students engaged, Bonni Stachowiak offers advice and tools for moving courses online. It's also important to check in with students on how they're doing in times of uncertainty like this, she notes. (EdSurge)
How Is the Coronavirus Impacting Colleges and Universities?
Education Dive is keeping track of the ways in which coronavirus is impacting colleges and universities with frequently-updated coverage on a range of topics, including college closures, how institutions are working with students who are unable to leave campus, online learning opportunities, and more. (Education Dive)
Going Online in a Hurry: What to Do and Where to Start
As coronavirus prompts many institutions to move courses online, faculty are looking for guidance on how to adapt. Northern Arizona University's Michelle D. Miller offers this resource for "Going Online in a Hurry," including advice from ACUE expert Derek Bruff. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Scenario Planning for Coronavirus
Paul N. Friga, who has been teaching scenario planning based on a strategy used in military situations to business school students, corporate executives, and military flag officials for decades, recommends the approach for dealing with the impact of coronavirus in higher ed. He presents three different scenarios from least to most severe and offers methods of dealing with teaching, operations, community, and financials for each. In all cases, he writes, institutions should take actions such as establishing a response team. (Inside Higher Ed)

Photos of the Week

 Alyson Snow, PhD (Community College of Rhode Island) filming content for ACUE’s new course in online effective teaching practices.
Travis Thurston, PhD (Utah State University) and Charity Peak, PhD (ACUE) at T4L Conference
Salt Lake Community College Team at T4L Conference 
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