March 2, 2021
Volume 6, Number 4
The 5 C’s of Advising Students in Uncertain Times
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As many students continue to receive all or part of their education online, it’s important to reflect on effective ways to advise them and help them remain engaged in their courses.
While there is plenty of research about online learners’ demographics and behaviors, little information has been shared about how to academically advise online learners specifically. While numerous advising models exist, they emphasize face-to-face communications, which do not translate well for online students.

At Wiley Education Services, we have developed our own Online Learning Advising Model (OLAM). This unique approach provides the support online learners need and helps them throughout their education journey.

An important element of OLAM is the five Cs: Connect, Create, Challenge, Collaborate & Commit. These are the steps we take to provide the solutions necessary to keep learners on track until graduation. Just as importantly, however, these steps can be adopted and applied by both advisors and faculty members as they interact with their students.

It is also worth noting, that as we are in the third semester of teaching through a pandemic, we have seen the toll that living with uncertainty has taken. The five C’s below offer opportunities to both ground and empower learners and educators as they continue to navigate our current climate.

  • Send a message to check-in
  • Listen to the student’s concerns
  • Ask follow-up questions
  • Paraphrase and check for understanding

These gestures may seem simple, but you shouldn’t underestimate the impact they will have. Just reaching out to a student shows them they have someone to talk to. By asking follow-up questions and paraphrasing, students know that you are actively listening, and it makes them feel heard.

  • Focus on what is in the student’s control
  • Emphasize the strengths the student possesses
  • Ask about the student’s ideal outcome and what they would like to see happen next

When times are uncertain, it can feel like everything is out of our control. Talk to students about their futures and remind them to focus on their individual goals. By setting up a plan, students can feel that their success is in their control.

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– by Julie Delich, Vice President of Retention and Student Support Services.
Free Webinar Opportunities
Building and Scaling an Institutional HIPs Initiative

Building and scaling an institutional high-impact practices (HIPs) initiative
at any institution is full of familiar challenges (gaining buy-in, supporting faculty, ensuring equity, assessing quality) as well as many that may be less familiar (addressing marketing needs, tracking experiences, etc.). This webinar will share Georgia College’s efforts to address these challenges through GC Journeys, a faculty-driven HIPs initiative. GC Journeys asks students to complete five high-impact practices during their undergraduate experience and maps their core curriculum to AAC&U’s Essential Learning Outcomes.
This webinar will also explore the scope of challenge and opportunity associated with launching ambitious, large-scale HIPs initiatives. The panel will share best practices to support such initiatives and include the voices of faculty who are leading these transformative experiences.

There will be time for Q&A during the webinar. The webinar will be recorded, and the recording will be available online. 

Date: March 4, 2021
Time: 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET
Cost: FREE 
Moving to Digital: The Faculty Experience in how COVID-19 Brought Us Online

Description: In the spring of 2020, 83% of the faculty surveyed said that they moved a face-to-face course to emergency remote teaching. By fall of 2020, 68% of those were still teaching one or more courses fully online, with 30% more employing some sort of blended methodology. 64% say their current teaching is different or very different in comparison to their teaching pre-pandemic.

Date: March 5, 2021
Time: 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET
Cost: FREE 
Research Ethics in Practice

Ethical research involves much more than a pre-study review or forms to explain how the study adheres to the institution’s rules about protection of human participants. This free webinar will feature a cross-cultural conversation about two key questions: How do I identify critical ethical issues for my research? and What are the practicalities of responding to ethical issues as they arise?  Dr. Cheryl Poth raised these questions in her Little Quick Fix book Research Ethics, and Dr. Natalia Reinoso Chávez has lived them in her research, and research supervision, in a complex and fraught setting.

Join Drs. Poth and Chávez in conversation with Methods Guru Janet Salmons as they dive into the topic of research ethics in practice. For more on research ethics, you can visit MethodSpace, where throughout the month of March, original posts, interviews, and resources on the topic will be added.

Date: March 10, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM ET
Cost: FREE 
"What I Have Learned" Statement
"I learned new ways to engage with my students in a socially distanced classroom."

Topaz Butler, Degree Completion Coach/Lecturer

Share your short statement/blurb of a positive thing/practice/idea you have learned teaching during COVID.

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What I Love About Teaching
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We are asking for your response to the question "What I Love About Teaching". Your response can be short, long, a bulleted list, or an image to offer up a few suggestions.

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Song of the Day (SOTD)
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Hello Fellow Educators,
In an effort to get to know the students in the classes I teach, I share and ask for the students' Song Of The Day (SOTD). Now, we are asking you to share your SOTD by clicking here.

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We are looking forward to hearing your selections and may create a "MSU Educators Spring 2021 Playlist"

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Blackboard Buzz
Notification Options for Students
Help your students meet deadlines and succeed in your course by making them aware of the Notification Options in Blackboard.

When students activate this feature, Blackboard automatically sends alerts to the students’ course homepage, email address or mobile device. This YouTube video demonstrates how this feature works (see thumbnail, below).  

Students will can receive alerts when:
  • new content is posted;
  • new discussion board postings are submitted;
  • tests are available;
  • and much more.

Email for additional information and on-campus support.
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