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ICYMI – Two Ed Tech Guys Take Questions and Share Cool Stuff

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Every Friday afternoon Rushton Hurley and I get together to host a free webinar called Two Ed Tech Guys Take Questions and Share Cool Stuff. For about thirty to forty minutes we do exactly what the...

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Quickly Create Online Whiteboards for Your Students

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In this week's Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week I mentioned a new service called Whiteboard.fi. A few weeks ago I learned about it from Alice Keeler and Larry Ferlazzo. Last week I was able to give...

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The University Of Kentucky’s Coronavirus Reopening Plan For Fall 2020

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Reopening Plan UK Fall 2020 University College

The University Of Kentucky’s Coronavirus Reopening Plan For Fall 2020

by Terry Heick

The Coronavirus has changed so much in such a short amount of time that it’s sometimes difficult for me to remember what things were like ‘before.’

And while there’s a long road ahead to recovery as a nation and planet, if you’re like me, you’re curious what the near-future holds for in-person education at K-12 and university levels.

Of course, this is a broad question with many layers–not the least of which include the possibility of a resurgence in COVID-19 cases in the fall and winter–we’ve got to start somewhere. And much like unit and lesson planning, that means we need ideas and planning, then data to refine those plans as we go.

In a letter to students titled, ‘How We Reinvent Normal for Our Campus,’ University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto outlined his plan to re-open school for the fall 2020 semester and I thought it might be informative for administrators at related planners to see what are others are doing. There are undoubtedly hundreds and thousands of these sorts of plans; this, however, is the first clear plan I’ve seen for a major public university committing to opening this fall.

The emphases in bold are my own.

One University’s Reopening Plan During The Coronavirus: One Example

Dear Campus Community,

It’s a question that confronts us every day: How do we return to the vibrant and safe campus we are committed to when so much around us still seems so uncertain and there is still so much we don’t know?

You start with a goal.

You create a thoughtful, flexible plan to achieve it.

Our goal: 

We plan to open in August for our Fall semester. 

The distinctive residential educational experience we provide at UK has attracted thousands of students from across Kentucky, the country and the globe. That experience is critical for the future. This differentiated education will be more necessary than ever to help us and our students meet the ongoing and daunting new challenges our world must now confront.

Our plan: 

To reach our goal, we must act quickly over the next month-and-half to reinvent or reimagine what is normal in the wake of this public health crisis. To that end, we want to share with you the process we will undertake and the guiding principles to be followed: 

  • Three broad-based planning teams will work quickly to think about the most important questions that must be addressed to re-start campus.
  • At the same time, an additional team is being created to develop strategies for screening, testing, tracing and treating on our campus to help ensure health and safety as part of our reinvented normal operations. Such strategies may also, potentially, assist the broader community and state we serve. 
  • The best ideas from that process will be handed off to our existing COVID-19 workstreams – 19 teams that have, for months, been addressing implementation issues related to the coronavirus.
  • That collective work will form the basis of a campus operational plan that will be prepared and communicated by mid-June.

As always, we start with guiding principles:

  • We will plan for a reinvented sense of normal operations on the first day of classes.
  • We will, in everything that we do, work to ensure the health, safety and well-being of everyone in our community.
  • We will incorporate other mission-critical areas into our overall plan. Health care, research and facilities management are working through detailed re-start plans. Athletics also is working on an operations plan in coordination with the Southeastern Conference.
  • We will think through issues that may alter our plans, create planning scenarios and communicate clearly at each step.

Here are the details of this process:

  • Three teams led by Associate Dean Anna Bosch (College of Arts and Sciences), Assistant Provost Katie Cardarelli (Office of Faculty Advancement), and Associate Provost Sue Roberts (UK International Center) and comprised of students, faculty and staff from across the campus will think through issues and make initial reports by mid-May. We’ve asked these three groups to work independently from each other to encourage creative thinking and distinct ideas. The teams already have begun meeting and brainstorming.

There are four major sets of questions the planning teams will address:

  1. How do we return to in-class instruction that now must be complemented by – and enhanced with – digital instruction for faculty and students living on or off campus? And, how do we do that within a reinvented normal, fully prepared to prevent, detect, manage, treat and contain COVID-19? How do we make possible learning, healing and service for our entire community, including those who are at risk for serious illness?
  2. What if we have to delay the start of the semester? What does that look like, and how do we shift those dates?
  3. What would a hybrid approach look like, in which we are online for part of the semester and in class for another part, if there is a re-emergence of the virus.
  4. What if events make a fully online approach to instruction necessary again? How would that transition take place, and what do we do with a campus that is about to begin operations or is already open?
  • College of Medicine Dean Robert DiPaola is creating a team – Screening, Testing and Tracing to Accelerate Restart and Transition (START) – that is exploring a process for increased screening, testing and tracing across our campus community. The team will work on strategies for screening and testing that will complement each of the contingencies for which we are preparing in our plans to re-start the campus. We also recognize the potential to scale these strategies, down the line, for the broader community and industry in our state.
  • Existing Emergency Operation Workstreams will take ideas and convert them into operating realities:
  • Our senior leadership team will take the best ideas and provide them to the 19 workstreams already in place across campus.
  • Final operational plans from those workstreams will be completed by the end of May. The workstreams – which cover issues such as academic course delivery, student success, dining, housing, facilities and faculty affairs, among others – have been continuously working for more than two months in response to COVID-19 issues. 
  • We will have a final campus plan in place in mid-June, keeping in mind that we will continue to be flexible as health conditions, as well as state and federal guidance related to the virus, evolve.

All of this information can be found at uky.edu/coronavirus. Importantly, we encourage you to provide input. Email us at coronavirus@uky.edu with feedback.

In an uncertain world, we must think about new challenges that we’ve never before confronted. And, we do so as the world seems to shift daily under our feet. You’ve handled every stress and strain with the grace and grit that defines this place. 

You make us the University of, for and with Kentucky.

Thank you.

Eli Capilouto

You can see the original version/outline of the plan here.

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The Practical Ed Tech Virtual Summer Camp

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Every summer teachers from all over the world join me here in Vacationland for the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp. This year I've had to suspend the in-person workshops in favor of a virtual format....

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Coronavirus Chronicles 021 – San Diego County Office of Education

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I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles, a series of 10-minute check-ins with educators all over.

Episode 021 is below. Thank you, Adina Sullivan-Marlow, for sharing how the San Diego County Office of Education in California is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities. I especially appreciated hearing about the complexity of trying to serve the county’s school districts, educators, and families right now.

See the complete list of episodes, which also are available as a podcast channel on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. If you and your school(s) would like to be featured in the Coronavirus Chronicles series, please get in touch. 

Other conversation series that may be of interest are below. Check them out!

Conversation series with educators during the pandemic

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Educators Get Creative To Serve Students With Disabilities

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Special Ed goes online

One of the biggest challenges in moving school online has been how to offer services for students with disabilities. But educators are finding creative ways to connect.

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Will Learning Gaps Deepen as Schools Stay Closed?

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Not every parent can step in as teachers when schools are closed. Not every school can teach remotely. Educational disparities are opening up as schools shut down.

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Screencastify Submit Looks Promising – Easy Way for Students to Make Videos

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Thanks to John Padula this morning I learned about a new Screencastify feature called Screencastify Submit. This feature is currently in beta and you have to apply to get access to it, but it does...

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During the Coronavirus Shutdown, Here's What Keeps This Principal Up at Night

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It's important to translate this period of waiting into action, writes New York City principal Lariely Sanchez.

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Schedule Individual Online Office Hours Meetings via Google Classroom

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A lot of us are hosting online office hours for our students these days. Based on what I've seen from my colleagues as well as folks posting on social media, a lot of people are scheduling an hour of...

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