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Monday, April 5, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Attendees (11): Kristine Artello, Jonathan Becker, Michael Cabral, Amita Chin, Mark Crosthwaite, Kathryn Murphy-Judy, Sonali Rathore, Valerie Robnolt, Carmen Rodriguez, Debra Shockey, Shanaka Wijesinghe
Also in attendance:
Ex officio members - Colleen Bishop, Alex Henson, Mandara Savage
Guests - John Bogan, Jared Parker
Scribe - Jana Avery

Approval of Minutes 
Valerie opened the meeting and asked if any changes were needed to the February 22nd meetiFeb 2021 Minutesng minutes. A motion was made and seconded, and the minutes were approved without any revisions.

Committee Information 
Valerie reminded everyone that this committee now has a website: https://ftac.vcu.edu/ and a Google Group: ftac@vcu.edu

Committee Structure

Motion put forth:
This committee will have 2 leadership positions--Chair and Vice Chair.
The motion was seconded and approved by show of hands.

A question was asked about the need for bylaws, and Valerie said that the committee has a charge, so there is no need for bylaws at this time. 

Motion put forth:
Committee members will be selected by having the Deans request one volunteer from their school/unit. Members will serve a two-year term, with the opportunity to renew for another two-year term, not to exceed four years.
This motion was seconded and approved by show of hands.

Someone asked about the Faculty Senate years ago, having another group that formed a much-needed software review committee for the entire campus. Valerie said that she and Scott Street (from Faculty Senate) are the only ones still on that committee with Alex Henson.  Sometimes other units will have representatives attend the meetings. 

September Meeting / Labor Day Conflict
It was decided that the committee will meet on September 13, 2021 at 2:00pm. 

Canvas

Classroom Teaching
The committee discussed hybrid and hyflex challenges. Several examples scenarios were shared and everyone was in agreement that a decision needs to be made and not left for faculty to decide individually. 
Scenarios, concerns and ideas shared and discussed:

It was decided that a recommendation and voting would be postponed to allow time to consider all factors thoroughly. Today’s meeting minutes will be shared with members, a motion will be divided into two parts and voting will take place via email.  

  1. Faculty should not be expected to teach both in the classroom and online (HyFlex modality) and units should plan to provide entirely online or entirely in classroom sections.
  2. Sections that are taught face-to-face only in one semester, must have a section fully online offered the following semester.

Action Items:

Motion put forth:
1 - Faculty should not be expected to teach both in the classroom and online (HyFlex modality). Units should plan to provide entirely online or entirely in classroom sections.

2 - Sections that are taught face-to-face only in one semester, must have a section fully online offered the following semester.


 

The meeting adjourned at 3:05pm.
The next meeting will be September 13, 2:00-3:00pm.

 

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