FSEM Trainings this week- 09/01/2020

The training sessions will be meeting on Zoom. Please e-mail us at uap@du.edu for the link if needed.

Wednesday September 2nd from 10AM-12PM: Fall Logistics Training Guest presenters will include: Kelly Bitner from the Orientation team & Dr. Sarah Watamura in her role as COVID-19 Response Coordinator

Thursday September 3rd from 10AM-12PM: FSEM Advising Workshop 

Remember to complete the self-paced advising course in advance of the Sept. 3rd Advising Training session (10AM-12:00PM). See additional course information below.

You are invited to the 2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Advisor Training online course. As the only structured service on campus that provides the opportunity for ongoing, on-on-one contact with a caring and concerned representative of the University, your work as advisors could not be more important at this time of great uncertainty and change. 

This course is one of the first projects we’ve completed to better support our predominantly faculty advising model, and we plan to develop additional supports in the coming months and years. We’d love feedback as we roll out additional supports. 

FSEM Updates- 8/26/20

  • Our guest presenter for this Friday’s workshop had to cancel unexpectedly due to a family emergency. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working with OTL to reschedule. In the meantime, the Faculty Institute for Inclusive Teaching (FIIT) is available on Canvas and contains a host of inclusive teaching resources.
  • As noted previously, Discoveries FSEM sessions will take place from 9-10:30 on Thursday and Friday of Discoveries week (September 10 & 11). If you haven’t already, please register your return-to-work day in PioneerWeb and begin your two-week quarantine period by Thursday, August 27th (tomorrow). Please remember to generate Zoom links for these meetings and send them to Grace Warner at Grace.Warner@du.edu
  • The Discoveries logistics workshop on Wednesday, September 2 (10am-12:00pm), will provide the most current information on student orientation. Attending faculty will be compensated $150.
  • Finally, please complete the self-paced advising course in advance of the Sept. 3rd Advising Training session (10am-12:00pm). See additional course information below.

You are invited to the 2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Advisor Training online course. As the only structured service on campus that provides the opportunity for ongoing, on-on-one contact with a caring and concerned representative of the University, your work as advisors could not be more important at this time of great uncertainty and change. 

This course is one of the first projects we’ve completed to better support our predominantly faculty advising model, and we plan to develop additional supports in the coming months and years. We’d love feedback as we roll out additional supports. 

We anticipate that completion of this course will take around 2 hours and are able to pay a $150 stipend for completion of the course and a short synchronous Zoom workshop later in the Fall. (Note: FSEM faculty have already been invited to a follow-up workshop on Thursday, September 3. Details about additional follow up workshops coming soon!). 

REMINDER: FSEM Workshop Opportunity Tomorrow 8/21

Good Morning all-

This a reminder that we have a FSEM Faculty Workshop tomorrow.  Please remember to register to received your $150 stipend.  

Friday, August 21st from 10-12.  High-Impact FSEM Across Modalities: Engaging First-Time, First-Year Students in the Digital Environment.  Guest presenter: Heather Tobin, OTL Faculty Developer of Integrative Learning

Registration link: https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1H6YL2QE0y64U8B

If you need the Zoom link, please e-mail uap@du.edu or reference the e-mail version of this update. We hope to see you all there. Thank you!

FSEM Updates- 08/17/2020

Hello, FSEM Faculty. Here are a few updates and two action items:

  1. Discoveries FSEM sessions will take place from 9-10:30am on Thursday, September 10 and Friday, September 11. One of these sessions will be online. Please generate Zoom links (via Canvas or udenver.zoom.us) for both sessions (9-10:30 on 9/20 & 9/11) and email the links to Grace Warner Grace.Warner@du.edu . Discoveries organizers will share these links with your students and keep them on hand, in case of any last-minute additions/changes to your roster. Please reach out to Grace Warner if you need help creating Zoom links.
  1. Due to budget constraints and our limited time with students, FSEM faculty will not receive support from orientation leaders this year.
  1. FSEM faculty are invited to the professional development workshop, “High-Impact FSEM Across Modalities: Engaging First-Time, First-Year Students in the Digital Environment,” with guest presenter Heather Tobin this Friday from 10-12. Please RSVP at https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1H6YL2QE0y64U8B   if you plan to attend.   
  1. Remember to reach out to the Students in your FSEM personally in August to receive your reallocated destinations funds. This is more than just an email- please have an individual zoom meeting or phone call with each student.  Contact Monica for more details if needed.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions and thank you in advance for your understanding and flexibility during this time.

Student Accommodations for COVID Through Disability Services Program

The Disability Services Program (DSP) reviews requests for and facilitates COVID-19 related adjustments for enrolled students at the University of Denver (DU). TEMPORARY adjustments may be approved by the DSP for immunocompromised students due to an underlying medical condition, treatment plan, medication regimen or who are otherwise determined to be at a heightened risk by their licensed health-care professional with respect to COVID-19. Approved temporary adjustments are provided at no cost to the student.

Students who are immunocompromised, but who are asymptomatic and/or have tested negative for COVID-19 and would like to request academic adjustments due to their increased risk should first work with their academic advisor to determine what course options and delivery methods are available to reduce their exposure and/or best meet their needs.

After working with their academic advisor, if a student would still like to request temporary adjustments or ongoing accommodations associated with being immunocompromised, the student should complete the Request for COVID-19 Related Temporary Adjustments Form (PDF) linked below or complete a Request for Accommodation Form for ongoing disability accommodations. If you have questions about which is the right form for your circumstances, please contact the DSP for assistance. The DSP requires documentation from your clinician(s) or licensed healthcare provider(s) to support your request.

For additional information about when and how to make a COVID-19 related referral to the Disability Services Program please visit pages 47 and 48 in the Creating a Community of Care: An Action Plan for DU’s Fall Return to Campus document.

Disability Services Program COVID-19 web address https://www.du.edu/studentlife/disability-services/covid-19/index.html. When in Doubt, Reach Out! Contact DSP at dsp@du.edu or 303.871.3241.

Summer/Fall Training Sessions- Register NOW!

You will find the link to register for the 4 training opportunities coming up for FSEM faculty below.  Please note that we did have a date change for one of the trainings -there is no longer a training on Aug 14th.  Please note that each of the opportunities listed for registration pay $150.00You will only receive payment for the sessions you attend

The training sessions offered this summer/fall include:

  • Friday, August 21st from 10AM-12PM- High-Impact FSEM Across Modalities: Engaging First-Time, First-Year Students in the Digital Environment.  Guest presenter: Heather Tobin, OTL Faculty Developer of Integrative Learning
  • Friday, August 28th from 10AM-12PM- Inclusive FSEM, Guest presenter: Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave, DU Director of Inclusive Teaching Practices
  • Wednesday September 2nd from 10AM-12PM- Fall Logistics Training
  • Thursday September 3rd from 10AM-12PM- FSEM Advising Workshop

Please add to your calendars that the training sessions will be meeting on the Zoom link:   https://udenver.zoom.us/j/6752358337

Registration link: https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1H6YL2QE0y64U8B

Discoveries Updates- as of 07/31/2020

Good afternoon and happy almost-August. While we don’t yet have the final Discoveries schedule, here are a few updates so far:

  1. Staggered student move-in has been extended by one full day, so we’ll likely have only two (roughly 90-minute) opportunities to meet with students on Thursday and Friday of orientation week.
  2. One of these two sessions will likely be moved online, due to room and social distancing constraints.
  3. Final selection of this year’s One Book is delayed/ongoing, so it will not be part of our Discoveries curriculum this year (including the “One Prompt” submission).

Please expect further updates and changes in the coming weeks. While One Book will not be part of our Discoveries schedule, interested FSEM faculty and students will have many opportunities to engage with the program during the fall quarter if so inclined.

Feel free to reach out with questions or concerns.

Town Hall July 13th, 2020

Thank you to those who attended yesterday’s town hall. We hope our team was able to answer your questions and provide you with the necessary information for success. If you were unable to attend or need a refresher, you can find the presentation slides as well as the Zoom recording of the town hall below.

As always, thank you for your work with FSEM, and please feel free to reach out to us at either uap@du.edu or firstsem@du.edu.

Town Hall Zoom Recording 07.13.2020

Fall 2020 Welcome Letters

Welcome letters are due Monday, June 1, 2020. A few sample letters from FSEM faculty last year can be found below. If you do not write your own letter or do not submit by the deadline, the boilerplate option below will go out on your behalf. Please send your letters to grace.warner@du.edu.