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Chipola College Fall 2020 course delivery methods

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, Chipola College officials are preparing to offer classes in several different modes when the Fall 2020 semester begins on Aug. 24.

Some classes will be offered on campus with social distancing and limited meetings, while others will meet online and live through meeting applications such as Zoom. Students and employees will be required to wear masks whenever they are on campus.

For any course with an online component, students will need reliable internet, a computer and a webcam. All courses may require proctored exams, either in-person or through the HonorLock application.

Dr. Pam Rentz, Vice-President of Instructional Affairs, says, “Our deans and faculty have had numerous in-depth and candid discussions about how best to deliver instruction to meet the needs of our students. I am very proud of our faculty and our students for their patience and willingness to adapt to these new ways of teaching and learning.”

The four modes include:

Traditional Face-to-Face (001, 002, 003, 004, 005)—This is a traditional class where all contact hours are performed on campus in a physical classroom. Technology may be used for classroom interaction and students may be required to use computers and internet to complete assignments. Courses are designated with a section number of 001, 002.

Online (700)– This is an online course administered through Canvas, the institution’s learning management system. On-campus meetings are not required; however, exams will be proctored. Courses are designated as sections 700, 701.

Online Synchronous (800)—An online course administered through Canvas, the institution’s learning management system. On-campus meetings are not required; however, the course requires students to sign in to class via Zoom, Teams, etc. on specific days and times to attend class. Courses require proctored exams. Courses are designated as sections 800.

Modified Face-To-Face Synchronous – (M01, T02, W03, R04) Students meet face-to-face in a campus classroom with instructor on a designated day and time and through Zoom on the second day. Half of the class meets in a physical classroom with the instructor one day and through Zoom on the second day. These courses are designated as sections M01 for Monday in class and Wednesday through Zoom. Days and times are listed so that students are able to register for the day and time they wish to come to campus. Courses are designated with M01, T01, W01, and R01. Sections will be M01 for Monday in class and Wednesday on Zoom; T01 for Tuesday in class and Thursday on Zoom; W01 for Wednesday in class and Monday on Zoom; and R01 for Thursday in class and Tuesday on Zoom.

Modified Face-To-Face Asynchronous—(M01, T02, W03, and R04) Students meet in a classroom with an instructor on a designated day and time and complete work online the other day of the class with no meeting required. Half of the students meet in a physical classroom with the instructor one day and complete online work on the second day. These courses are designated with M01, T01, W01, and R01. Students register for the day and time they choose to come to campus. The second day is listed as online. Sections will be M01 for Monday in class and Wednesday online; T01 for Tuesday in class and Thursday online; W01 for Wednesday in class and Monday online; and R01 for Thursday in class and Tuesday online.

Chipola offers Bachelor’s Degrees, Associate in Arts Degrees, Associate in Science Degrees and Workforce Development programs and certifications.

Early Fall Registration for currently enrolled students begins July 13. Early Fall Registration for new students begins July 20.

The College Application is available online as well as the schedule of classes at: www.chipola.edu. For information, call 526-2761.


Pictured from left: Director of Facilities and Campus Operations, Dennis Kosciw and Tameka Jones

Jones is Chipola Employee of the Month

Tameka Jones is Chipola College’s Career Employee for June. Jones has worked in the college Physical Plant since 2015.


TSIC

Take Stock in Children scholar Alaya Dudley participates in an online mentoring session.

Chipola Take Stock in Children earns Gold Status

The Chipola College Take Stock in Children (TSIC) program has achieved Gold Status in the state organization’s annual evaluation process.

Chipola earned 98 out of 100 possible points and has moved up four levels since 2018 when Debra Perdue, Chipola’s TSIC Coordinator, took over the program.

Take Stock in Children is a Florida-based nonprofit with than 7,000 volunteer mentors who work with at-risk students to help them succeed in school. TSIC scholars sign a pledge to maintain good grades, remain drug and crime free and meet regularly with their mentor. If they meet the goals and graduate from high school, the students earn college scholarships. Funds for the scholarships are raised by local businesses and families.

In a letter to Chipola College, TSIC Director of Program and Student Services, Ele Bautista-Bernard, said, “Congratulations on an outstanding—if not unexpected and challenging—year of service to students and mentors.”

Mentoring, college and career readiness, college success coaching visits, GPA checks, compliance and adherence to TSIC enrollment standards all were factored into the evaluation.  Like so many other processes in education, the pandemic forced Chipola’s Take Stock program to transition to a virtual environment. Mentors and students met virtually on ZOOM to continue the work they were doing face-to-face before the pandemic.

Perdue said her only motivation was helping students make it through. “Many of the students were in a bad place. They were lost. I was able to meet with students virtually and set up mentoring sessions to give them some much-needed socialization,” she said.

Take Stock requires that students attend 15 mentoring sessions each year. Perdue says, “Through this challenge, we’ve drafted some very good mentors and we’re doing pretty well. Our mentors have conducted more than 300 mentoring sessions on Zoom since the pandemic began.”

Moving forward, Perdue says, “Our students and mentors are very comfortable using this tool to stay in contact and to prepare for college and careers.  We will continue to use this resource.  It is a great way to have social interaction and maintain the mentoring program.”

For information about the Take Stock in Children program, contact Debra Perdue at 850-718-2428 or perdued@chipola.edu.


Register now for Chipola Summer II classes

There is still time to enroll in Summer Session II classes at Chipola College. The campus is closed, but all student services will be provided remotely via phone or email. Summer II classes begin June 30.

All academic classes will be offered online with some workforce clock-hour programs offered in person. Chipola is planning a June 1 relaunch of Firefighting, Corrections, and Law Enforcement programs with a modified approach meeting distancing and group safety guidelines. Welding and Cosmetology will begin limited face-to-face classes in Summer Session II.

Students may register online or contact one of the advisers listed here: Karen Hall, Dual Enrollment, general advising, hallk@chipola.edu or 718-2424; Ken Kallies, VA, General Advising, Kalliesk@chipola.edu  or 718-2437; Leigh Whittington, Disability, Nursing, General Advising, whittington@chipola.edu or 718-2290; Ashley Harvey, Student Support Services harveya@chipola.edu; and Kristie Mosley, Student Support Services mosleyk@chipola.edu.

Chipola offers Bachelor’s Degrees, Associate in Arts Degrees, Associate in Science Degrees and Workforce Development programs and certifications.

Early Fall Registration has been postponed. Early Fall Registration for currently enrolled students has been postponed until July 13. Early Fall Registration for new students has been postponed to July 20.

The College Application is available online as well as the schedule of classes at: www.chipola.edu. For information, call 526-2761.