How will the College ensure that all courses, regardless of instruction method, are robust?
Since the Spring 2020 semester, ITS has made upgrades to the campus network infrastructure and to our campus internet service. Both upgrades should improve the experience for all students, whether they are studying in-person or online. We have added Zoom video conferencing as a second option for courses and Sakai has been upgraded. Classroom technology has been enhanced to allow students who are studying remotely to participate synchronously in courses. These upgrades include OWL cameras for videoconferencing and lecture capture, additional webcams, and document cameras.
In addition to all of these technology upgrades, a faculty-led Remote Learning 2.0 workgroup has been offering extensive professional development opportunities for faculty. They have covered logistics, best practices in online teaching and learning, and preparing educational materials for all students. Their sessions have been well attended, which bodes well for our ability to offer all W&J students a strong faculty presence, personal attention, and a sense of community.