LLCC announces four class formats for fall 2020 semester

Face-to-Face: Traditional classroom learning, regular day & time schedule. Online: Distance education via the internet, no scheduled class time. Remote: Face-to-face via Zoom or other technology, regular day & time schedule. Flex: Combines traditional face-to-face, online and remote learning
LLCC has announced that four class formats will be offered for the fall 2020 semester. These formats are designed to provide students with safety and flexibility in choosing their preferred learning environments.

“LLCC is committed to serving students in a safe learning environment,” said Dr. Charlotte Warren, president of LLCC. “We have considered guidance from the Illinois Board of Higher Education, Illinois Community College Board and Illinois Department of Public Health in designing these four course formats for fall.”

Formats

Classes will be offered in the following formats: face-to-face, online, remote and flex.

Face-to-Face

Face-to-face

A face-to-face course will be delivered in the traditional classroom setting. Face-to-face courses meet on a regular day and time schedule in an on-campus classroom. Smaller class sizes will allow for compliance with six-foot social distancing guidelines. Health screenings will be required of students coming to campus, face coverings will be worn by students and instructors, and hand sanitizing stations will be located
at building entrances.

OnlineOnline

An online course allows students to access course content, participate in class discussions, complete assignments and communicate with instructors and classmates entirely online from their homes or elsewhere. Online courses do not have regular or required meeting times. LLCC has greatly expanded its online course offerings for fall and was recently named a top 10 community college in Illinois for online learning.

RemoteRemote

A remote course will meet on scheduled days and times via Zoom or other online communication technology. Students and instructors in this type of course will interact online in real time. Students will access the course via the internet to view and participate in live lectures and activities.

FlexFlex

A flex course will combine traditional face-to-face, online and remote learning. These courses will also typically involve some face-to-face (on-campus) hands-on assessments. The specific percentage of each type of learning will be determined by individual faculty for each course. When students are on campus, social distancing guidelines will be followed, with health screenings and face coverings required.

“No matter the class format, all faculty will be prepared to move to distance offerings on very short notice should conditions warrant,” said Dr. Warren. “We are meticulously planning for all scenarios in the event there is a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases. All of our decisions are being carefully evaluated with a focus on safety, published guidelines and student needs. Students should check their student email and watch for communication from college personnel regarding any course changes.”

More information is available at www.llcc.edu/class-formats-fall-2020.

On-campus operation update

With our region now in “Phase Four,” the operations on our campus and at outreach center facilities are gradually picking up. We still remain cautious in our approach to reopening and must remain vigilant in following guidelines and protocols. Outlined below are some adjustments to our operating protocols now that we are in “Phase Four” and some reminders about other protocols that remain in place:

  • While our locations remain closed to public “walk-ins,” we are now available to schedule in-person appointments to meet the various needs of our existing, new and prospective students. Existing, new and prospective students coming on to the main campus for one of these scheduled needs will check in at A. Lincoln Commons. Students/visitors at all locations will need to have a scheduled appointment, wear a face covering at all times and complete a health questionnaire (including a temperature check). Students/visitors will also be expected to only access the service(s) scheduled for the visit. Additionally, students/visitors should maintain social distancing (6 feet apart) whenever feasible and will be expected to follow all directional signage regarding “traffic flow” throughout college buildings. These appointments are for the individual only, so we ask that no additional guests accompany you on your visit to campus.
  • Campus tours/visits have resumed in a limited fashion. Again, those visitors must adhere to the same safety guidelines as outlined in the first bullet point.
  • Employees may conduct in-person meetings as long as they are done in spaces that still allow for proper social distancing among the participants. Face coverings should still be worn if meetings conducted in-person.
  • Entrances and exits on each building will be limited based on building size and number of entry/exit ways. Buildings designated to be “open” will have a primary entrance and a separate exit(s) identified. We have added a couple of “Employee Entrance Only” points at two of the entry/exit doors on the east side of Menard Hall. You will need a key to be able to access these entrances; otherwise, you should continue to enter through A. Lincoln Commons.
  • Employees reporting on-campus need to be completing the daily online assessment before coming to work. If you are unable to complete the online assessment or have technical issues, please contact Human Resources.  And again, if you are feeling ill, please stay home.
  • With the anticipated gradual increase in “foot traffic” on campus combined with the daily health assessments for faculty and staff and health screenings for visitors, attendance logs for areas are no longer necessary.
  • The use of face masks/coverings remain required for both employees, students and visitors. The only time a face mask is not required is if you are sitting in an isolated office without anyone else present. If you are in need of a mask, please let me know. Students/visitors should wear their own face mask or covering when on campus.
  • In order to minimize contact with others, we have signage marked throughout identifying a direction in each hallway for foot traffic. While this may mean that you may not be able to take the most direct route to wherever you may be going, we ask that you comply with these directional markings to minimize contact with others. In spaces where one-way directional foot traffic is not feasible, signage has been established on each side of the hallway so one side goes in one direction and the other side the opposite direction to maintain as much distance as possible.
  • Please continue to adhere to proper social distancing (staying 6 feet away from others) when possible.

As our operations continue to evolve and as we prepare for the fall semester, many office areas will be bringing more employees back for on-campus operations. Your supervisor will be in contact with you if your work schedule (on-campus vs. remote) in the coming weeks is changing.

Welcome Adam Watkins and Brenda Elliott

Adam WatkinsAdam Watkins, from St. Louis, has joined LLCC as dean of arts and communication. He began his new duties July 1. Dean Watkins comes to LLCC from East Central College in Union, Missouri, where he served as chair of the fine and performing arts department. He was honored as the Missouri Community College Teacher of Excellence Award Winner in 2017. In addition, he is a mixed media artist, curator and musician. His work deals with the notions of the post-pop culture that we live in and the constant re-contextualization of it alongside his own personal translations of Derrida’s theories on ontology regarding the future, the past, “ghosts,” being and machines. Adam earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Kent Institute of Art and Design in Canterbury, England, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Webster University in St. Louis. He can be reached at adam.watkins@llcc.edu. Welcome, Adam!

Brenda Elliot

Brenda Elliott joined LLCC Wednesday as director of apprenticeship programming. She has over 30 years of experience in marketing/business development activities, project management, computer CRM database management, computer training management, software training and event planning. Brenda earned a bachelor’s degree in business/marketing from Millikin University. She can be reached at brenda.elliott@llcc.edu. Welcome, Brenda!

Appointment safety guidelines

LLCC campus buildings and outreach center facilities remain closed to “walk-in” traffic. For offices that have been approved to have appointments — students, prospective students and visitors who have pre-arranged or scheduled business appointments at a location must adhere to all safety guidelines, including:

  • Completion of health questionnaire, including a temperature check upon arrival;
  • Wearing of a face covering at all times;
  • Maintaining social distancing (6 feet apart) whenever feasible;
  • Following all directional signage regarding “traffic flow” throughout buildings;
  • No additional guests accompanying you on your scheduled visit, unless approved in advance.

For more information, visit www.llcc.edu/covid-19-college-update.

LLCC ALERT test today

Each semester, LLCC tests its emergency alert system called LLCC ALERT. LLCC ALERT allows the college to communicate with you by text, phone and email in an emergency, as well as for severe weather and other closures. Current employees and students are automatically enrolled in LLCC ALERT.

The next test will take place today, June 16, at approximately 11:30 a.m. You will receive a test message from LLCC ALERT.

We encourage you to visit www.llcc.edu/alert and log in with your LLCC username and password to check your current contact information and manage how you receive emergency notifications. LLCC ALERT uses the information about you currently stored in the college’s Colleague system, and this information may need updating. Please add your office phone number if it is not listed, and make any other revisions needed.

For assistance, please contact the IT Service Desk at 786-2555 or helpdesk@llcc.edu.

Note: Updating your contact information in LLCC ALERT will NOT update that information in Colleague. To update your information in Colleague, please contact LLCC Human Resources.

Welcome Jamil Steele

Jamil SteeleJamil Steele joined LLCC Monday as director of adult education and literacy. He has over 20 years of experience in adult education as an instructor, manager, director, professional developer and state administrator. Jamil earned a master’s degree in education focusing on curriculum and instruction as well as instructional technology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He can be reached at jamil.steele@llcc.edu. Welcome, Jamil!

LLCC Alert test Tuesday, June 16

Each semester, LLCC tests its emergency alert system called LLCC ALERT. LLCC ALERT allows the college to communicate with you by text, phone and email in an emergency, as well as for severe weather and other closures. Current employees and students are automatically enrolled in LLCC ALERT.

The next test will take place Tuesday, June 16, at approximately 11:30 a.m. You will receive a test message from LLCC ALERT.

We encourage you to visit www.llcc.edu/alert and log in with your LLCC username and password to check your current contact information and manage how you receive emergency notifications. LLCC ALERT uses the information about you currently stored in the college’s Colleague system, and this information may need updating. Please add your office phone number if it is not listed, and make any other revisions needed.

For assistance, please contact the IT Service Desk at 786-2555 or helpdesk@llcc.edu.

Note: Updating your contact information in LLCC ALERT will NOT update that information in Colleague. To update your information in Colleague, please contact LLCC Human Resources.

Thank you from Neci Faine

I would like to thank everyone for their kind and thoughtful expressions of sympathy following the passing of my brother, Robert Earl Fain Sr. My family and I appreciate your support during this difficult time.

Neci Faine, duplication and mail center technician