Revised Guidance on Classes for Spring 2020 – March 14, 2020

Saturday, March 14, 2020 – 5:20 p.m.

A Message from Isis Artze-Vega, Vice President, Academic Affairs; Wendy Givoglu, Interim President, East and Winter Park Campuses; Kathleen Plinske, Executive Vice President and Provost, and President, Osceola, Lake Nona, and Poinciana Campuses; and Falecia Williams, President, West and Downtown Campuses

Please note this message supersedes guidance provided in messages sent to faculty and deans on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

As you likely saw in the earlier collegewide communication from Dr. Shugart, all Valencia College campuses and locations will be closed to students and employees until Monday, March 30, 2020. Students were also notified of this change today via an Atlas email.

Deans, Discipline Coordinators, Program Chairs and Faculty Council Leadership are asked to participate in a Skype meeting on Monday, March 16, 2020, from 1 – 3 p.m. to discuss our plans and begin partnering to sustain teaching and learning continuity for the Spring term. Additional details and information will follow throughout the weekend. 

– Online classes will resume as scheduled without interruption.

– All faculty who teach face-to-face and mixed-mode classes, who can reasonably adjust instruction to an online or other alternate modality, are encouraged to do so for the remainder of the Spring term. We hope that the week of March 16 will provide faculty with time to begin making necessary adjustments to their courses to resume online on March 23. On Monday, we will send faculty a brief set of recommendations for moving their course(s) online, as well as guidance on how to engage with their Centers for Teaching/Learning Innovation (CTLI) colleagues, including how to schedule virtual consultations.

– We recognize that not all faculty are prepared to move to an online environment, and not all courses may be taught via alternative modalities. Accordingly, lab, studio and other courses that must meet in person may, at this time, plan to continue face-to-face instruction beginning on March 30, 2020. However, faculty are encouraged to consider opportunities to reduce face-to-face instructional time. Should conditions change that would further restrict opportunities for face-to-face instruction, additional guidance and support will be provided.

We also recognize that the campus closure through March 30 will result in two weeks of lost instructional time for classes unable to move online or to an alternate modality. We will review and consider options with deans and faculty leadership in our Monday afternoon meeting.

– We are aware that not all students will be able to continue their studies in an online or alternative format. We are working on a communication plan for students, and we will discuss possible options in Monday’s Skype meeting.

Once again, this update represents our best guidance at the moment and may need to be adjusted in the coming days and weeks. Stay tuned for additional guidance on Monday, if not sooner. In the meantime, please reach out to any one of us or your dean with questions or concerns.

Thank you for your thoughtfulness and flexibility during these unprecedented circumstances.

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