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Posted on behalf of Mark Fink, Director of Teaching and Learning with Technology

Teaching and Learning with Technology (IT) is upgrading Sakai on Monday, August 14th. Sakai will be inaccessible from 5:30 am - 2:30 pm. Staff will be testing the system after the upgrade to make sure all functionality is restored by 5:00 pm. Any content you have created before August 14th will be available after the upgrade.

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Faculty members play an important role in the lives of students that extends beyond the teaching of course material. The staff of IC Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) recognizes faculty’s potential to influence student’s attitudes about mental health care. We know the stigma about accessing mental health services cause some students to suffer needlessly. Therefore, we invite you to partner with us to identify students at risk, reach out to them, or report your concerns via ICare Team.

In an effort to prevent potential negative outcome of students in distress, the following statement was generated as a guide for faculty to consider guiding discussions about faculty response to mental health crisis or for including in their syllabus in the future:

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 Don’t forget that Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) will be providing faculty development opportunities prior to classroom use in the fall.

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Today the contingent faculty union met with administration to attempt to head off a strike and settle a contract that provides fair pay for part-time faculty and job stability for full-time contingent faculty. We did not come to an agreement, and as of today our strike on March 28th and 29th is still on.

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All faculty planning to conduct research or classroom activity involving live vertebrate animals for research and/or teaching must obtain prior approval from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) before undertaking that activity.  This committee provides federally-mandated oversight of all activities that have a direct impact on the well-being of animals. 

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VoiceThread is an asynchronous, highly interactive tool that allows you and your students to engage with a wide variety of media. Ithaca College has purchased the tool; you and your students can use it at no charge.  

To learn more about the tool participate in anasynchronous VoiceThread workshop moderated by colleagues from IC’s Information Technology and the Center for Faculty Excellence. During a designated period of time, VoiceThread modules/activities will be available to you online and completed by you on your own time. Here is more information on the workshop, VoiceThread: Beginning to Engage.

January 8-15, 2018 (Register)
Zoom Orientation, Monday, January 8, 11:00-12:00 pm
Total time ~3 hours

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Scholar in Residence, Honors Program, Raza Rumi will speak and moderate a #ProtectJournalists panel discussion at UN Headquarters on Sept 16, ahead of United Nations General Assembly.

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