On Behalf of the Instructional Support Team - September 2 Message

September 2, 2020

This message is distributed to All-Instructors, Academic-Assistant-Deans, and Academic-Department-Managers.  (Click here to view description of distribution groups.)  

The following is being sent on behalf of the Instructional Support Team

Dear Colleagues,

As we move toward Fall quarter, please join ID, CITRAL, UCSB faculty colleagues, and others for new workshops to prepare for fall remote teaching. Some workshops are synchronous, some asynchronous, and some a blend of both -- and all will be engaging and useful!

RSVP to all synchronous sessions to bit.ly/PreFallCITRAL for all workshops. Zoom links will be sent to all who have RSVPd. Registrants will receive confirmation within 2-3 days.

Preparing to Teach Online (asynchronous - on your own - no RSVP required)

Meaningful Assessment in Remote Courses (asynchronous and synchronous)
With Lisa Berry
Asynchronous presentation: https://tinyurl.com/assessmentUCSB - please review prior to synchronous session
Synchronous discussion - Thursday, September 10, 9-10am

Productive Peer Review (using Eli Review, integrated into GauchoSpace) (synchronous)
With Linda Adler-Kassner and Maggie Safronova
Thursday, September 10, 12:30-2 (Part 1- Designing Structured Activities/Review Prompts)
Monday, September 14, 12:30-2 (Part 2 - Using Eli Review)

Designing and Teaching Remote Courses (synchronous panel discussion)
With Tamsin German (Psych and Brain Science), Jarett Henderson (History), Eduardo Gonzalez (MCDB), and Mike Wilton (MCDB)
Thursday, September 10, 2:00-3:15

Remote Teaching With Presence (synchronous)
With Ryan O’Shae, professional voice coach
Friday, September 11, 10-11
*space is limited. Once the workshop is full, we will start a waiting list. The session will be recorded for later viewing.

Teaching Inclusively (asynchronous and synchronous)
With Linda Adler-Kassner
Asynchronous presentation: https://tinyurl.com/CITRALinclusively - please review prior to synchronous session
Synchronous discussion - Friday, September 11 11-12

Fostering Class Communities (synchronous)
With Mindy Colin (Instructional Development)
Friday, September 11, 2-3pm

RISE Public Resource - available now!
You’ll also find resources to help you plan for Fall quarter in Reimagining Instruction for the Student Experience (RISE), the public-facing version of the GauchoSpace site we created for our five-week course design institute this summer. The RISE site includes resources on the student experience, teaching strategies, meaningful assessments, innovative technologies, course design, inclusive teaching, forming classroom community, integrating undergraduate research, and setting up model GauchoSpace sites.

GauchoSpace and GradeScope Workshops
Do you want to learn how to use GauchoSpace even more effectively for instruction, quizzes, and forming a class community? Click here for the list of GauchoSpace workshops and the form to register for these workshops.

Would you like to use Gradescope to make grading more efficient and effective for students, for you, and for your TAs? Click here for the list of Gradescope Basic and Advanced workshops and the form to register for these workshops.

Zoom Enhancements - “Original Sound” Available Now and Breakout Room Flexibility Coming Soon
Performing arts and music teachers — enjoy crystal-clear, professional-grade sound for your virtual lessons and performances. This option in Advanced Audio will enhance “Original Sound” mode, allowing you to disable echo cancellation and post-processing and get rid of compression. Note: This mode will require a professional audio interface, microphone, and headphones to allow you to offer high-quality private lessons. You will also be able to stream group performances from the same physical location — with higher-quality audio than most streaming platforms!

Coming later in September, students will have the ability to select a breakout room and move between rooms. This allows even greater flexibility in the way you structure your small group learning. You can create themed breakout rooms or reading groups and invite students to move between them based on their interests in topics.

Core Router Migration: Our next scheduled migration will occur between 12:00 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Thursday, September 3, 2020.

Campus-Wide Power Outage: Southern California Edison (SCE) plans to shut off power to the main UCSB campus beginning Saturday evening, September 19, until Sunday afternoon, September 20.

To prepare for the outage, mitigate risks to on-campus equipment, and minimize staff on campus to maintain social distancing, please:

  • Contact your local IT department to see how they plan to handle equipment (e.g., computers, printers, and servers) shutdown and power-up safely.
    • Servers: Where are they? What are they connected to? Which applications do they support?
    • Who is going to be on campus for the shutdown and power up?
    • Will they need access to buildings, including ID badges?
    • Are certain areas equipped with an alarm? Do staff need alarm codes or accompaniment to those areas?
    • Which areas need extra safety and precaution, as they may be hazardous?
  • Note what specialized/ancillary equipment will need attention, in addition to computers and printers, e.g., lab equipment.
  • Verify your backup power source and replace batteries as needed. Most likely, this includes an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS).


Have a great rest of the week!

The Instructional Support Team