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Incentivize Smart Energy Practices in Dorms trending idea

The way students set their thermometers, run their dishes, and take their showers greatly impacts campus's energy consumption. Individual practice is often needlessly wasteful because students don't know the impact of their personal choices. For instance, if students just kept their thermometer closer to the outside temperature Davidson would save money on its energy bill and have a smaller carbon footprint. If Physical... more »

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Divest from CMPD + Disarm Campus Police In Reserve

As Davidson College makes financial adjustments in light of COVID-19, the College should reduce the amount of funding that the Davidson College Campus Police Department receives. This approach will address two ongoing challenges that the College faces: (a) how to cut expenditures without laying off/furloughing staff, and (b) how to "prepare students for lives of leadership and service."

The recent murders of George Floyd,... more »
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Some ideas for thought! In Reserve

Hi all! Thank you for all the hard work you have been doing to get us back to campus as safely as possible.

I am sure that you are aware of these items but I wanted to pass along some of the things that Duke University is doing that I think we should consider. See the attached image for some of their plans to keep the community safe when returning back to campus. (Testing, an app to submit daily health checks, students... more »
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Online Modules for Support Groups and Resources Selected

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There are numerous areas on campus that students can find support, ranging from Academic support, health, and well-being. Likewise, students often find support from their peers in the form of affinity groups, halls, and study groups.

In a typical year students might come across these support centers serendipitously and student groups might form naturally in a residential setting. However, the potential isolation... more »

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Not an Idea, but an Inquiry

Two comments/inquiries that must be addressed.

1. How do you ensure students do not engage in mass gatherings, particularly in off-campus locations? It is inherent that students are going to look for ways to party and gather in numbers irresponsible for the current situation we now face. What happens when an eating house, fraternity, student group, or group of students in general, decides to throw an off-campus party... more »

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COVID Practicum for Fall 2020

Reopening Davidson College for the fall semester in the midst of COVID-19 will require novel and significant changes to our community in order to maximize safety while allowing personal interactions and classes to occur. These changes will likely involve behavioral changes by students, faculty, and staff as well as monitoring community health in addition to others. The community will need to be educated about best practices... more »

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Remote Teaching or Asynchronous Capture Studios On Campus Selected

Problem: Some faculty may be unable to teach at home due to home environments, availability of quality internet service, or the need for large writing surfaces or discipline-specific equipment. To resolve this, several faculty continued to teach remotely from classrooms during Spring 2020, but not without technological and infrastructural challenges. In short, we have discovered that we cannot assume that faculty will... more »

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Moodle for Course Information Selected

Problem: Even before the events of COVID, students expressed concern that individual faculty post and organize course materials in different places, adding to search and retrieval difficulties for students. Student feedback on remote learning during Spring 2020 suggests that a key challenge for students was the fragmented and inconsistent way in which course information was made available online, with some students experiencing... more »

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Faculty Learning Communities Selected

Problem: The Digital Learning Institute (DLI) will provide an opportunity for faculty to focus on digital teaching techniques and pedagogies. It is assumed that faculty will consider course structure and design both before and after the DLI experience, but there is currently no formal peer-to-peer model in place to provide ongoing mentoring and guidance. Faculty have also expressed discipline specific needs and challenges,... more »

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Delivery Method Framework Selected

Problem: Given contingencies associated with COVID-19, we do not know how fall semester will play out. This precludes committing to any single "delivery method" for teaching in fall 2020 and beyond. Synchronous, asynchronous, and hybrid approaches each have their pros and cons and may be suitable for some courses, instructors, and students, but not others. This suggests that, rather than a mandate or a decision, Davidson... more »

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Sentinel Testing

Problem: Asymptomatic transmission of coronavirus means it's hard to know when it's spreading until it's too late to control the spread.

Idea: Test a randomly-selected member of each residence hall once a week (or every two weeks?). If the "sentinel" is positive, test the rest of the hall, and commence contact tracing for anyone who tests positive.

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Student-Produced Audio/Video Content Selected

Problem: Outlets for student-produced content are easier to facilitate when in-person. Even in remote situations, students are still looking for opportunities to continue developing/creating projects that are academic and/or interest-based. Capabilities to host, promote, and collaborate on student content could help create a new sense of community.

Idea: Make currently existing resources (both human and technological)... more »

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Partially Synchronous and Fully Synchronous Events Selected

Problem: While operating virtually, students may be hard-pressed to engage in live and semi-live events, as they once did on campus. The college must develop new methods of maintaining a sense of community without physical gatherings.

Idea: By using various synchronous and semi-synchronous virtual platforms, we can offer working remedies to this issue. Below are two possible events/event series that could utilize such... more »

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Regional Groups Selected

Problem: Regardless if the campus is open or virtual in the fall, plans must be considered for a hybrid community knowing not all students, faculty and staff can and will return to campus, if allowed. The question was raised how might we develop ways to build community and connection amongst students in their co-curricular/extracurricular lives (e.g., leadership development, health & wellbeing, community engagement, new... more »

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Partnerships for Students Selected

Problem: Regardless if the campus is open or virtual in the fall, plans must be considered for a hybrid community knowing not all students, faculty and staff can and will return to campus, if allowed. The question was raised how might we develop ways to build community and connection amongst students in their co-curricular/extracurricular lives (e.g., leadership development, health & wellbeing, community engagement, new... more »

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