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By CFE/LIT, March 4, 2021
In this issue...Canvas implementation update, Health Minds Survey, Equity in Higher Ed ebook, and more.

Support the Healthy Minds Study

Ithaca College is dedicated to creating a campus-wide community of Mental Wellness that meets the needs of every student. And we need your help to create this!

From March 2-March 23, 2021, Ithaca College, with the support of JED Campus , will be conducting The Healthy Minds Study! The survey asks students to honestly convey their experiences of mental wellness support at IC, to identify aspirations and areas for community change, and to discuss how the College experience is impacting them emotionally. We plan to utilize your information to identify needs and priorities, benchmark against peer institutions, evaluate programs and policies, plan for services and programs, and advocate for resources. All students will be emailed an invitation and a link to the survey, beginning Tuesday, March 2, 2021. This survey will provide our campus with a detailed picture of mental health and related issues in the IC student population. Your voice matters!

The Healthy Minds Study is designed to protect the privacy and confidentiality of participants. HMS is approved by the Ithaca College Institutional Review Board, IRB 242. To further protect respondent privacy, the survey is covered by a Certificate of Confidentiality from the National Institutes of Health.

Download the PDF flyer here for distribution to your classes.

Racial Justice in Higher Ed: Ebook available

From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner for Racial Justice in Higher Education as an ebook with unlimited simultaneous use is now available through the IC Library.

Mental Health First Aid Training

Would you like to learn more about how to respond in a mental health crisis and be a bridge between crisis and professional help? Do you want to know more about how to recognize the signs of a mental health crisis in students or other adults in your life, and how to help them find resources? Sign up for this free 8-hour course intended for Ithaca College faculty, taught by an Ithaca College faculty member.

Mental Health First Aid is the initial help offered to a person developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a mental health crisis (i.e. suicidal behavior; non-suicidal self-injury; panic attacks; traumatic events; depression or anxiety; acute psychosis; substance use disorders; overdose or withdrawal). The first aid is given until appropriate treatment and support are received or until the crisis resolves. Participants in the workshop will learn:

  • risk factors and warning signs of mental health and substance use problems
  • information on recognizing depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis and substance use
  • a 5-step first-aid action plan to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or is currently in crisis
  • available evidence-based professional, peer and self-help resources for mental health

This course is sponsored by CAPS, the Provost’s Office, and the Center for Faculty Excellence.

To sign up, contact the Center for Faculty Excellence ( For more information, email Rachel Wagner (

  • [Zoom-led] March 13, 9-4 (maximum: 15 participants, all virtual)
  • [Zoom-led] April 3, 9-4 (maximum: 15 participants, all virtual) [Registration closed; Capacity reached]
  • [Zoom-led] April 17 (maximum: 15 participants, all virtual)

Summer Sessions Registration Open

Encourage your undergraduate students and advisees to take advantage of up to three tuition-free summer 2021 credits. Nearly 100 online courses rostered. Point them to the Free Credit FAQ via this link if they have questions or forward questions to

Canvas Implementation Update

Members of the LMS Governance Committee have reviewed an initial pilot plan and are making final revisions based on feedback. The plan will be shared with the campus community via Intercom and the project website: We will share the final plan along with a detailed list of expectations and participation opportunities.  

The implementation of Canvas has been mapped out into four phases: Phase One – Vision/Planning, Phase Two – Initial Implementation & Exploring, Phase Three – Full Implementation, and Phase Four – Review & Refinement (ongoing).  Details on the phased implementation along with the expected timeframe for each phase can be viewed on the project website. 

The technical implementation teams have met with our vendor, Instructure, to go over project management and change management steps. Members of IT are setting up access to our IC Canvas instance. Staff from the Center for Faculty Excellence, Learning & Innovative Technology and Student Accessibility Services, along with members of the LMS Governance Committee, are exploring the Canvas environment including processes for designing blueprints (templates) and reviewing supporting documentation.  

Please reach out to us if you have any questions or suggestions. 

Thank you for your continued engagement and support throughout this process. 

LMS Governance Committee Co-Chairs 

  • Matt Clauhs, Assistant Professor of Music Education 

  • Jenna Linskens, Director, Learning & Innovative Technologies