Special COVID-19 Edition – Week of 3/16

Letter from Leah
Dear faculty,
As you know, the COVID-19 situation is changing daily, and D’Youville is adapting as circumstances evolve. There is an abundance of information flying around and I am trying to document all the communications that may be pertinent to faculty on the ITI blog. This is the first of what may be a few hopefully-helpful weekly emails that aggregate this information for you in order to prevent missed messages.
-Take great care of yourselves, your families, and our students.
Coronavirus | Info & Preparedness
Important COVID-19 updates – From President Clemo
As you know, we are closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and preparing for its continual and changing impact on our campus community. The first cases of COVID-19 in Erie County were announced yesterday and County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale…
D’Youville’s Official COVID-19 Web Page:
COVID-19 D’Youville is actively monitoring the global and regional situation, as we are keeping the health and safety of our community a top priority. 
D’Youville is actively monitoring the global and regional situation, as we are keeping the health and safety of our community a top priority. Institutional leadership is drafting emergency plans for future campus events to ensure no unneeded risk is introduced to the community. Should a campus event be transitioned to a digital experience or canceled due to COVID-19, we will share updates with you directly via email as soon in advance as possible. Should D’Youville need to initiate an emergency campus closure, we will share this information with you via our emergency notification system and follow-up with details via…
D’Youville Implements Digital Classrooms to Stem Spread of COVID-19 in WNY | D’Youville
D’Youville announced today that it will shift all undergraduate and graduate classroom instruction to digital platforms beginning March 18, with re-evaluation of status scheduled for March 30. D’Youville’s campus will remain open and fully operational with laboratory and simulation-based…
Faculty Development & Opportunities
TRAININGS OFFERED – Office 365, Zoom, Canvas, Panopto, and Proctorio – from Information Services | ITI | Institute for Teaching Innovation at D’Youville
Per the communication sent last week, part of the continued efforts regarding contingency planning for the Covid-19 Pandemic includes a transition to Online Learning.  With this transition, the IT Department Tech Support staff will be offering training sessions over the next two weeks.  This is…
Our Faculty
D’Youville Professor on what you need to know to protect your family from coronavirus
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)–As news of the coronavirus hits Western New York so does misinformation. Clinical Assistant Professor at D’Youville College Dr. Mario Beccari (Pharmacy) joined News 4 at 4 wit…
Teaching Methods
RESOURCES – Instructional Continuity Plan – Online Learning | ITI | Institute for Teaching Innovation at D’Youville
There are a variety of circumstances which may require you to temporarily take your class online with minimal notice: a campus closure, flu outbreak, etc.
Academic Continuity Plan – 3/14 Update
Today’s update includes more resources along with information on IT training times, a response to Canadian students with border crossing concerns, and Library resources.
Academic Continuity Plan – 3/13 Update
Over the last 24 hours, we have been extremely busy researching solutions to issues that have come forward. I’m happy to announce there are several solutions in today’s update.
Academic Continuity Plan – 3/12 Update
This is the first of a series of daily emails we’ll be sending. As the situation continually evolves this message will serve as a daily update and allow us to effectively communicate answers to questions we’ve received. Ideally, the message will go out prior to 10am every day.
Creating an Online Learning Experience for Students | Steelcase
As Hong Kong educators move their classes online out of necessity, teachers work to better understand how online learning can be more active and personalized.
Preparing for instructional continuity in the advent of a COVID-19 pandemic (opinion) | Inside Higher Ed
Could your campus continue to educate its students if a health crisis forced you to shut down for weeks? Shawn M. Krahmer, Ginette McManus and Rajneesh Sharma explain the steps they’ve taken.
Prepare to move online: continuity planning for coronavirus and beyond (opinion) | Inside Higher Ed
Disaster and continuity planning for coronavirus now will prepare your campus for possible closure in the case of a local outbreak, Nathan Greeno writes.
Educational Technology
Peer advice for instructors teaching online for first time | Inside Higher Ed
Seventeen instructors offer guidance for colleagues teaching an online course for the first time (and for those seeking a few new ideas).
Practical advice for instructors faced with an abrupt move to online teaching (opinion) | Inside Higher Ed
If (for some reason) you’re considering an abrupt move to online teaching, Stephanie Moore and Charles B. Hodges have practical advice for instructors in the short term.
Learner Assessment in Online Courses: Best Practices & More
Learner assessment determines the degree to which each of our goals has been reached. Designing the right assessments in online learning is essential to learning.
Top Tech Tools for Formative Assessment | Common Sense Education
Find the right formative assessment tools for your classroom. These digital tools range from discussion (e.g., Piazza, TodaysMeet) to quizzing, polling, and student responses (e.g., Kahoot, Formative) to interactive lessons and videos (e.g., Nearpod, Flipgrid).
Inclusive Practices
Spectrum to offer free broadband and WiFi to K12 and college students without it
The company says free broadband and Wi-Fi access will be available for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students.
Supporting Students During COVID-19 | The Hope Center
As experts on the daily crises that derail #RealCollege students and prevent them from completing their degrees our team at the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice offers the following considerations and resources to support your work.
Faculty Wellness
It’s important to take breaks during this coronavirus health crisis (opinion) | Inside Higher Ed
Yes, we are responding to a public health crisis, but we can also remind each other to take breaks and that it’s okay to log out of email once in a while, Rebecca Vidra writes.
Even if you are virus-free, COVID-19 is affecting your health. Here’s what to do – Scope
Are your healthy habits succumbing to coronavirus? Here are some tips to stay safe and protect your well-being amid the outbreak.
Priest in Ireland pens touching poem about coronavirus lockdown
Brother Richard Hendrick’s poem “Lockdown” has gone viral.

What We’re Reading

Buffalo, NY
Mayor Brown Announces All Municipal Buildings Will be Closed to Public Starting Tonight at 8:00 pm (3/16/20)
Buffalo Schools Superintendent: All Erie County public schools closed to students until April 20
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Higher Education: Meeting the Needs of Your Campus Community During a Crisis
The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has already been one of the most disruptive events in the history of higher education. Here’s how RNL is helping campuses manage the crisis.
Coronavirus and higher education resources
I currently maintain several resources concerning higher education and the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. A list of resources for keeping track of the virus, including dashboards, official sources,…
Coronavirus: Free daily courses, activities for kids home from school
The company has released 3 hours of material per day for young learners.
The little spreadsheet that could, and did: crowdsourcing COVID-19, higher education, data, and stories
I’ve been tracking the global coronavirus since early February, with a focus on how it impacts higher education worldwide.  That tracking has meant blogging here, tweeting, and creating a res…
What does COVID-19 mean for higher education? Looking ahead.
Today I was planning on responding to Eddie Maloney and Joshua Kim’s thoughtful column about what powers change in academia. But circumstances urge me instead to post about COVID-19* and high…
Coronavirus and academia: what can we do to help now?
I’ve been tracking the coronavirus outbreak and its impact on higher education for weeks.  That’s a mix of blog posts and tweets. My question today is: what else can I do to help? Is th…
Other News
Communication from Faculty Senate President, Jeremiah Davie
First of all, I hope this finds you and your loved ones happy and healthy on our first day back from Spring Break. As you are no doubt aware, Erie County has been declared as existing in a State of Emergency due to the very high probability of community spread of COVID-19. Such declarations alter…
HR Communication COVID-19
With COVID-19 officially listed as a pandemic D’Youville, is committed to making our students, faculty, staff and administrators a top priority. Given that we have taken a significant first step to put in place precautionary social distancing measures by moving instruction online, which will…
Faculty update on COVID-19 Communications and Canadian Student Cross Border Travel for Labs and Simulation
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Student Engagement Communication to Students – COVID-19 Follow-Up
As we get closer to the end of Spring Break and to classes resuming, I wanted to send out an additional message about the current COVID-19 situation, the D’Youville action plan, and supplemental support for you.  I fully appreciate that this email is lengthy so I have broken the message down…
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, North Eastern Athletic Conference, and D’Youville have decided to suspend all winter and spring sports – effective immediately.
It is with great regret and sadness that the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, North Eastern Athletic Conference, and D’Youville have decided to suspend all winter and spring sports effective immediately.  This very difficult decision was made in light of the recent announcement from…

Event Cancellations
For the many events planned in your areas that will need to be cancelled (or moved to remote events), please ask your team members to communicate cancellations via Announcements.  Complete info on the website will help reduce the number of logistical questions, calls and emails so that energies can be focused on the critical work of instructional continuity and responding to this unfolding public health situation.
Thank you,
Mimi Harris Steadman, Ed.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
716-829-7556 | steadman@dyc.edu

Travel Cancellations

Given the current situation, many conferences and events are being canceled. If you have booked any upcoming travel that has been canceled or needs to be canceled on one of the College credit cards (the AMEX and Mastercard maintained in the Purchasing Office) please contact Ben Stich, Credit Card Coordinator for assistance.

If you have used your D’Youville issued Mastercard, you are responsible for arranging cancellations for refunds. If you require assistance do not hesitate to contact Ben Stich, Credit Card Coordinator. If you received an advance (that you have cashed) or reimbursement that you need to refund back to the college, follow the process below:

If you know the expense account number that the funds will be deposited into, go to Solutions to process this return. If you do not know the expense account number, stop by the Purchasing Office and we will provide you with that information. You can then you can proceed to Solutions to deposit the funds. Please make sure that the Purchasing Office receives a copy of the deposit receipt for our records. If you received a check advance that you have not cashed, return the check to Adam Moore. The check will be voided.

Please contact the Purchasing and Accounts Payable Office if you have any further questions or concerns.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Chapel Masses canceled at this time

Following the directive of the Buffalo Diocese, all on campus masses are canceled at this time.  We will be monitoring the situation carefully and will keep you informed as to when the Diocese deems it safe to resume mass.  Your health and well being is of our upmost priority, thank you for your understanding.

The D’Youville Fitness Center is Closed Indefinitely
For more information, please contact Danny Glover (gloverd@dyc.edu).

BCBS COVID-19 Important Information

BlueCross BlueShield has made an announcement regarding COVID-19 for their members. The below information is for participants of any of the D’Youville’s BCBS plans.

  • $0 co-pay / waived deductible for Doctor on Demand telemedicine visits
  • $0 co-pay / waived deductible for COVID-19 diagnostic tests
  • $0 co-pay / waived deductible for all participating physician office, urgent care and emergency room visits for diagnostic testing related to COVID-19 (not the ongoing treatment)


Doctor on Demand is a telemedicine app that you can download and connect with a physician in minutes over live video from your smartphone or computer 24/7, 365 days a year.

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