COVID-19 Ideas

Online Modules for Support Groups and Resources Selected

Problem:

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 »

What design team does this idea connect to? Student Support Services Team

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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 »

What design team does this idea connect to? Digital Learning Advisory Team

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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 »

What design team does this idea connect to? Digital Learning Advisory Team

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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 »

What design team does this idea connect to? Digital Learning Advisory Team

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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 »

What design team does this idea connect to? Digital Learning Advisory Team

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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 »

What design team does this idea connect to? Building Student Community Team

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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 »

What design team does this idea connect to? Building Student Community Team

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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 »

What design team does this idea connect to? Building Student Community Team

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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 »

What design team does this idea connect to? Building Student Community Team

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Communication & Community in the Co-curriculum Selected

Problem: Given the potential for a remote or hybrid fall semester, a central challenge is to build community amongst students and communicate opportunities in the co-curricular/extracurricular realm which is an integral part of the holistic educational experience at Davidson College. Student leaders will need resources / pathways for programming in line with public health guidance.

Idea: The Building Community design... more »

What design team does this idea connect to? Building Student Community Team

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Onboarding Selected

How do we accelerate the onboarding process of new Davidson students as they begin their career at Davidson remotely.

1. Have holistic advisors engage their advisees earlier than usual:

NEED: Assign advisors earlier. Communication with Rebecca and timeline of student engagement.

2. If we are remote, have the RA's reach out to and interact with their halls earlier than normal. Right now they are scheduled to communicate... more »

What design team does this idea connect to? Building Student Community Team

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A Well-Examined Life Selected

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Students refer to the Davidson experience as the "stress olympics." They rush from one task, assignment, or course to another, trying to do as much as possible, complete requirements, and get good grades, without reflecting on what they're doing or how and why they're doing it. They often experience a lack of intentionality or disconnect between their coursework at Davidson and their core values and life goals.... more »

What design team does this idea connect to? The Well-Examined Life Team

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Digital Learning Institute (DLI) Selected

Problem: Davidson instructors shifted quickly to remote teaching this spring. Student and faculty feedback has been mostly positive around the experience, but with important exceptions reported by individual students and for individual courses. Students and instructors faced challenges associated with differing levels of online teaching experience and insufficient time for design adjustments, resulting in a limited ability... more »

What design team does this idea connect to? Digital Learning Advisory Team

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Building Community Through Slow Storytelling Selected

This common learning experience consists of small groups of students, faculty, and staff communicating with each other in an old school way: writing circular letters that go from one person in the group to the next and back to the originator. Each person reads the letter they receive and adds to it and then passes it on to the next person in the group. Each group has 8-10 people in it, with the goal of circulating one... more »

What design team does this idea connect to? The Well-Examined Life Team

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XPL 199: High Impact Experiential Learning Selected

The Problem:

Many high impact experiences were canceled or dramatically changed (possibly reducing impact) for Summer 2020 due to COVID-19. We are seeking to close the gaps and create meaningful opportunities for students to engage in personal, professional, cultural and academically relevant experiences, with an attentive eye on inclusivity and equitable access while students are away from campus.

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To help... more »

What design team does this idea connect to? High Impact Experiential Learning Team

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