Academic updates - Nov. 2, 2020

From the Provost — November 9, 2020

Academic updates

Academic leaders,

Through this weekly newsletter, we share information of interest to the academic community.

Message from the provost

Through our coordinated and thoughtful approach this year, we have entered November as a united university community.

Our students, faculty and staff are pursuing their goals through teaching, learning and scholarship in all modes — in person, online and blended. We have also limited the spread of COVID-19 because we have acted in concert to follow the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes campaign.

For academic leaders, tomorrow's election is another opportunity to demonstrate our values to the university community. In this contentious era, we can and must help our students, faculty and staff engage in discourse that respects our differences.

Please take advantage of resources available from the Divided Community Project at the Moritz College of Law and refer students to OSU Votes for election-related questions.

And, of course, I urge you to add your voice by exercising your right to vote.

Thank you, as always, for your leadership.  

— Bruce

Call for input

On Friday, the Task Force on Racism and Racial has launched a call for input from the university community to help identify big ideas and grand challenges to address racism and racial inequities. Together with input being collected in forums, focus groups and listening sessions, responses will inform the task force's recommendations to university leaders. Responses are being collected through Nov. 15.

Register for the assessment conference

Registration is still open for the eighth annual university assessment conference, which will focus on Community and Conversation, Tools and Techniques. The conference is Friday (Nov. 6).

This virtual conference will cover next steps involving assessment in the new General Education program, workshops on assessment tools and the connections between assessment and student progress. Hosted by the Office of Academic Affairs, the conference is designed to support ongoing conversations about assessment throughout the rest of the academic year.

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Other events

Instructors are invited to attend the inaugural Council on Research in Student Progress and Educational Excellence (CRISPEE) conference on Nov. 10 and Nov. 18. This conference will focus on research, including the collection and analysis of data on student learning, for the purposes of improving equity, student success and educational excellence.

  • At 10 a.m. Thursday (Nov. 5), an Effective Grading in Carmen workshop will walk participants through features for grading and feedback. The workshop is offered by the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE).
  • At noon Friday (Nov. 6), consultants from the Drake Institute will be available for consultations about the institute's Instructional Redesign program.
  • At 1 p.m. next Monday (Nov. 9), ODEE's Planning for Your Online Course workshop will offer strategies for meaningful student engagement and supportive learning environments.
  • At 1 p.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 10), the Drake Institute and Office of Diversity and Inclusion are co-hosting When Politics Enters the Classroom: How to Mediate Controversial Topics in Class. The workshop will give instructors a framework for interpreting, mediating and nurturing political discussions.

Changes to CarmenZoom settings

To make better use of resources, the default settings for Zoom cloud recordings have been updated so that only the speaker view will be recorded by default. If you require a gallery view recording, you will need to update the settings for your account. Also, the retention period for cloud recordings will be shortened later this month. More details will be provided as they become available. Learn more at the IT@OSU website