More information on Occidental’s plans for a remote Fall 2020 semester.
Pedagogical & Technological Support Resources
To provide comprehensive support to faculty, Information Technology Services (ITS) and the Library/Center for Digital Liberal Arts (CDLA) have formed the Academic Resources & Technology (ART) team. ART is a cross-divisional team focused on providing support, training and resources to faculty for classes and all academic activities. Our goal is to collaborate with and support faculty, assisting with the delivery of an excellent, equitable and authentic Occidental education in a remote environment.
In collaboration with the Center for Teaching Excellence and Summer Pedagogy Faculty Committee, we are offering learning technology workshops in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. These workshops cover topics such as course design and redesign for the online context, building community remotely, alternate assessment strategies, trauma-informed pedagogy, academic equity, universal design, and many others. In addition, open office hours are being hosted by the CTE, Library/CDLA and ITS for consultations regarding instructional design and technology. You can find the CTE pedagogy offerings on this shared calendar, and recorded sessions and other training materials on the Summer Pedagogy Moodle site.
As we announced on June 15, classes will begin on August 24 and will end before Thanksgiving. Review the fall academic calendar.
Health & Safety
In order to minimize the spread of the virus and protect our campus community, we must implement health and safety requirements for those who will be living or working on campus. This includes wearing facemasks in public at all times, practicing physical distancing, and using a College-sponsored monitoring app for daily temperature and symptom checks.
Any students, faculty and staff on campus will be regularly tested for the virus (the College is partnering with a private lab to ensure access to sufficient tests and timely results). We will continue the current practice of cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces; food service will be take-out only, in line with Los Angeles County regulations. Students, faculty and staff will be required to participate in a contact-tracing program and to observe Occidental's isolation and quarantine protocols, as necessary.