In Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, Arcadia faculty achieved great success using the “All-Modes Ready” approach to online pedagogies. Students showed their confidence in “All-Modes Ready” and fully engaged throughout each semester in courses, labs, community discussions, and global exploration.
For Fall 2021, we will continue to deliver our distinctly Arcadia education, be that in person, blended (in person and online), or fully online.
Our decisions will be guided by campus public health experts, local and state health and safety recommendations, our lived values, and our commitment to equity.
This Fall, we are preparing for the upcoming semester by again utilizing the All Modes Ready design process. Our goal is to provide flexibility for students and faculty that must remain remote, while maintaining the highest standards of educational quality and student engagement. We are confident that as you focus on the learning outcomes of your courses, you can design and deliver an outstanding learning experience for your students.
The All Modes Checklist provides action items to prepare your All Modes courses for launch. It consists of three phases, (1) Design; (2) Build; and (3) Launch, each with a series of tasks. Many design elements listed in the Checklist can be found in the All Modes Canvas Template (Click Commons in Canvas and search All Modes).
The All Modes Quality Rubric is based on a set of student-centric guiding principles that helped inform the All Modes course redesign efforts. The rubric will recognize the integrated standards found in the course template, which is applied to current Canvas courses (and Sandboxes), for example, 'This fulfills requirements 1.4,1.6 and 7.2'. The All Modes Quality Rubric does not evaluate the course subject matter.
When are All Modes workshops and how do I find them? Where are the descriptions?
The All Modes workshop calendar is available on both the Digital Learning Services website and the Center for Teaching Learning and Mentoring website. Check back often for new workshops, open discussions and training. Also, be sure to check out the All Modes Instructor Resources (a self-enroll Canvas course) which provides insights and guidance for creating and conducting your All Modes course. The only requirement for courses is that all course materials be available through Canvas. Other decisions about modalities for instruction are at the discretion of faculty.
What should I be doing now?
We’re glad you’re thinking about what you will need to enhance student learning and engagement in All Modes. All Modes Instructor Resources (a self-enroll Canvas course) is available, as well as many workshops and open sessions. Training sessions for faculty and teaching staff are being offered based on the input received. If you have questions or needs, please reach out to Digital Learning Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or Center for Teaching, Learning, and Mentoring at email@example.com for help finding answers and solutions. Any other questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the All Modes Instructor Resources course?
This resource provides detailed information about All Modes course delivery, best practices, detailed Canvas information, and offers a guided tour of the All Modes Template that can be found and applied from Canvas Commons, click on the Commons icon on the left navigation in Canvas and search All Modes to apply. The All Modes Instructor Resources Canvas course was developed to support the All Modes redesign process and ensure it is ready to be taught in a variety of modalities (Face to Face, Online, Hybrid or a combination).
What kind of support can I expect to receive for my course development work over the fall?
The support structure that has been assembled for this effort includes Digital Learning Services and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Mentoring. Support options are available for support faculty in the design process as well as creating opportunities for engagement around key All Modes Ready teaching and learning topics and strategies including inclusive pedagogy, peer-to-peer mentoring, and learning design. These resources will be available to support you throughout the development process. To begin working in the All Modes template that was applied to all Canvas courses, we recommend you begin by enrolling in the All Modes Instructor Resources (a self-enroll Canvas course). Reach out to DLS or CTLM with support inquiries.
Am I required to use the All Modes template in my Canvas courses? Can I copy my course materials over from a previous semester?
No, you are not required to use the template (click on the Commons icon on the left navigation in Canvas, then search “All Modes” to apply). It is recommended you use elements of the template to be sure you are communicating all necessary information about course work and support resources available to your students. The template was designed to guide you through the process of redesigning your course to be ready to teach in more than one mode.
Yes, you can copy course materials from another Canvas course and arrange them in a way that works best for your course and your students. If you have already created a course using the template, you can copy the content (all or specific items) over to the new course. Directions can be found in the template of your course.