This weekly newsletter for academic leaders is designed to share information of interest to the university community.
The start of summer
Summer is under way for Ohio State — this is, after all, already the third week of summer term classes. Outside the university, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial beginning of summer, and the calendar says summer doesn't officially start until June 21.
Starting next week, we will shift to an every-other-week summer cadence for this newsletter, so the next edition will run June 7. As always, we'll share information between newsletters when appropriate.
However you define this season, we wish you and your families the best as the days get longer, the temperature climbs and vaccinated people enjoy the freedoms and flexibility that come along with COVID-19 protection.
We are monitoring vaccination rates among our community, as well as state and federal health guidance, as we evaluate our policies for the upcoming academic year. A high vaccination rate will clearly provide more flexibility. As you know, the university lifted its outdoor mask requirement last week, but masks continue to be required indoors at this point.
We will continue to update the university community. Please use the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website, including the Autumn Campus Reactivation page, to keep abreast of current guidance. Information about vaccination opportunities are also listed.
Deadline approaches for required course
Please remind members of your staff who have not yet completed the Report=Support! course in BuckeyeLearn that the deadline is Sunday (May 30). Merit-eligible employees (faculty and staff) who do not complete this online course, which is focused on preventing sexual misconduct, by that deadline will be ineligible for annual merit increases this year. Employees not eligible for the merit process will be subject to other corrective action, when applicable. Job aids are available to assist managers with checking on the status of their teams.
James Moore honored by ACE
Congratulations to Dr. James L. Moore III, vice provost for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, who has been awarded the American Council on Education's Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award. A very well-deserved honor.
- At 1 p.m. Thursday (June 3), Managing Course Files: Maximizing Instructor Workflow will explain best practices for file management, including sharing materials in OneDrive and using Carmen File Manager.
- Starting next Wednesday (June 9), a Teaching Information Literacy cohort will begin, meeting through July 1. Participants will receive guidance for using information literacy skills to improve student learning and identify gaps in student knowledge related to research, scholarship and information use.
- At 10:30 a.m. next Wednesday (June 9), Recording Lecture Video: Best Practices and Tools will explore using CarmenZoom, Mediasite and PowerPoint. This session will also cover video production from start to finish.