UH, UHPA online learning working group irons out concerns

University of Hawaiʻi
Contact:
Dan Meisenzahl , (808) 348-4936
Spokesperson, UH Communications
Posted: Mar 18, 2020

UH faculty prepare to transition classes online after spring break
UH faculty prepare to transition classes online after spring break
UH faculty, administrators meet via video conference to discuss concerns
UH faculty, administrators meet via video conference to discuss concerns

LINK TO VIDEO AND SOUND (details below): https://bit.ly/38YumdN

WHO-  A University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA), University of HawaiĘ»i working group consisting of UH faculty, administrators, executive leadership and the UHPA leadership team

WHAT-  The working group is meeting, virtually, to discuss challenges as faculty prepare to transition from in-person classes to the online delivery of courses. The group is identifying additional resources and best practices on how to teach students remotely along with addressing other concerns by UH faculty. 

WHERE- UHPA headquarters and various UH locations across the state via video conference call 

WHY- The 10-campus UH system is moving to online delivery of courses beginning Monday, March 23, the first day of instruction after spring break, in response to the COVID-19 health crisis


OTHER FACTS:

  • A working group is scheduled to engage in daily virtual meetings 

  • Resources for faculty include tools such as video recordings and web formats, training classes geared around the delivery of class material and references to approaches by  faculty at other institutions.

  • The working group was established to make sure lines of communication are open and responsive. 

  • The collaborative group is on a mission to deliver quality education and pursue research activities without disruption, while safeguarding the health and well-being of faculty, staff and students. 

 

VIDEO BROLL (1 minute 25 seconds)

0:00-1:07, 8 clips: UHPA, UH faculty, UH administration meet virtually
1:07-1:25, 3 clips: UH VP Don Straney in his office on the video conference

SOUNDBITES: 

Christian Fern - / UHPA Executive Director, UHPA (16 seconds)

Flexibility is key during these times. We want to ensure that high-quality education is being delivered by the faculty and working with the administration is the only way we see as a path to ensuring that that takes place.


Donald Straney - UH Vice President for Academic Planning and Policy (15 seconds)

The expertise of the faculty in teaching, not in lecturing, not in writing exams but in getting information into other peoples heads is what’s going to see us through this. They are pros. They’re good at it and faculty will find a way.