S.A.F.E. Topics Vol. 1, No. 12, May 6, 2020

The humanities in a time of isolation: Going Remote, A Special Series

In our 12th episode of the S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast, we continue rolling out our special series on Going Remote. In this episode, hosts curry and Sean are joined by Billy Gunn (Film) and Robert Bond (History) to have a conversation on remote instruction and social distancing from a historical perspective as well as a media perspective.

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What to listen for:

  • What have we been watching and playing lately?
  • A changing film industry in the midst of a pandemic.
  • The shift of having everything now.
  • Streaming services creating a new world.
  • The loss of the collective experience of going to the movies.
  • What are we losing to streaming services and technology?
  • What we can learn from pandemics in history.
  • The 1918 flu in San Diego – putting it in context.
  • Losing physical contact with one another.
  • Changing our activities and daily routines to try and stay healthy.
  • How our students are feeling isolated during this time.
  • Over-consumption of media as harmful.
  • Can we consume too much history?
  • Historians are currently attempting to put everything into context.
  • Hollywood after WWII.
  • How will we look back at this moment in time?
  • John Krasinski and “The Office.”

Recommendations from the crew: Brooklyn Nine-Nine (TV Show), Malcolm Gladwell, Revisionist History (Podcast), BBC In Our Time (Podcast), Sebastian Major, Our Fake History (Podcast), Dan Carlin, Harcore History (Podcast), You Must Remember This (Podcast), The Last Kingdom (TV Show), Call of Duty Warzone (Video Game), Final Fantasy VII Remake (Video Game), Firewatch (Video Game), Red Rising, Pierce Brown (Book Series), Song Exploder (Podcast), James Bond Movies (Film).

You can connect with the S.A.F.E. Topics podcast on Instagram: @safetopics_podcast and share this podcast with this link.

The S.A.F.E. Topics Team:

curry mitchell – Faculty, Letters (Co-host)

Sean Davis – Faculty, Sociology (Co-host)

Kelly Barnett – Intern and Music Technology Student (Audio Editor)

James Garcia – SDICCCA Fellow and Associate Faculty, Sociology (Show Notes)

S.A.F.E. Topics Vol. 1, No. 11, April 29, 2020

Going Remote – Checking in on students

In our 11th episode of the S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast, we continue our special series on Going Remote. In this episode, hosts curry and Sean are joined by students Ashley Chacon (Sociology), Aaron Blanchett (Sociology), Jessi Perreault (Studio Arts), Frank Rivas (Sociology) Trent Stechschulte (Finance), and Glenna Trone (Math & Science) to check in with our students during this time of stay-at-home orders and remote instruction.

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What to listen for:

  • The struggles of transitioning to remote instruction.
  • Impacts of losing face-to-face interactions.
  • How has communication been from instructors and the college?
  • “It’s the attitude towards the transition.”
  • Instructors seeing students as people, not just students.
  • What was going on the week before spring break?
  • How have instructors been flexible with students?
  • Needing to learn how to be self-starters.
  • Keeping a structure to stay sane.
  • The impact of remote instruction from an athletes perspective.
  • What have we been doing outside of school?
  • Sleep schedules.
  • TV shows, Animal Crossing, and bird poop!?
  • The pandemic experience altering life plans.
  • Is the zombie apocalypse really upon us?
  • How have artists reacted to the pandemic?
  • What do students need right now?
  • The first thing each of us are going to do when this is all over.

You can connect with the S.A.F.E. Topics podcast on Instagram: @safetopics_podcast and share this podcast with this link.

The S.A.F.E. Topics Team:

curry mitchell – Faculty, Letters (Co-host)

Sean Davis – Faculty, Sociology (Co-host)

Kelly Barnett – Intern and Music Technology Student (Audio Editor)

James Garcia – SDICCCA Fellow and Associate Faculty, Sociology (Show Notes)

S.A.F.E. Topics Vol. 1, No. 10, April 22, 2020

Helping our students pivot when business is not usual: Going Remote, A Special Series

In our tenth episode of the S.A.F.E. Topics Podcast, the discussion continues on our special series of Going Remote. In this episode, hosts curry and Sean are joined by our colleagues Christina Sharp, Nate Scharff, and Mike Deschamps who are all from Business Administration to give us a unique and informative perspective on everything business and industry and their impact on our students.

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What to listen for:

  • Thinking about small businesses and our students.
  • The concept of being able to “pivot” in a different direction.
  • The impact on Oceanside’s local economy and small businesses.
  • Who can survive and who will fall?
  • What can we do to help our neighbors?
  • Interpretations of federal policy and stimulus checks.
  • How can we as educators help our students?
  • Students and educators having to adjust and pivot.
  • Encouraging innovation and new opportunities for our students.
  • The shift of everything going to technology.
  • The upsides to current events.
  • Tapping into our secondary skills and talents to open new opportunities.
  • Not all “doom and gloom.”
  • “Strong Workforce” initiative explained.
  • Transferable skills across disciplines and long term thinking.
  • Connecting with people with empathy and understanding.
  • A send off message from our guests.

Links to the articles mentioned:

You can connect with the S.A.F.E. Topics podcast on Instagram: @safetopics_podcast and share this podcast with this link.

The S.A.F.E. Topics Team:
curry mitchell – Faculty, Letters (Co-host)
Sean Davis – Faculty, Sociology (Co-host)
Kelly Barnett – Intern and Music Technology Student (Audio Editor)
James Garcia – SDICCCA Fellow and Associate Faculty, Sociology (Show Notes)

Remote Instruction – Support and Resources for Faculty and Students

Hello, Faculty Community! 

We hope things are going as well as can be expected. We want to keep you updated on the support and resources that are available to our students and you. Please review the following – 

Support for students that faculty are encouraged to share and reinforce:

  • The Student Support Hub in Canvas includes many excellent services featuring live online support experts from the library, tutoring, STEM/Math Learning Centers, Writing Center, Counseling, Career Center, Computer Labs, and Student Help Desk
  • NetTutor was added to all Canvas course menus last month – this allows all students to access online tutoring directly from all Canvas courses; you can remove this from your course menu if you don’t think this would be helpful to your students
  • The Student FAQs document is kind of like a virtual MiraCosta campus – students can find answers to many questions that they would have asked on campus, and find contact information to pursue any needs further
  • The Reshaping Your School Schedule During Remote Instruction document has excellent info for students on good habits for online student success, self-care and mental health tips, online learning netiquette, Zoom tech tips, and more
  • Students who are need of technology resources or have other major life concerns making it difficult to continue their studies, they can self-refer, or you can refer them for support via the CARE form

Support for faculty to better support students:

  • The MiraCosta APC is dedicating staff time to helping faculty reach out to students who are falling behind. Fill out the attached form if you’d like them to work with you and your students.
  • Faculty in need of webcams, headsets, or other resources to help you work from home should fill out the Help Desk request form on the Portal – details about this and additional remote working information is on AIS’s Remote Work Resources site
  • The Remote Instruction Faculty FAQs document includes lots of guidance and resources for MiraCosta faculty at this time
  • Check out the library support options if you want to ensure that students who were using textbooks on reserve in the library will continue to have access to crucial course material
  • Check out the CVC-OEI schedule featuring daily online office hours for faculty as well as a variety of webinars
  • Center of Urban Education – Webinar: The Importance of Equity-Minded Virtual Practices during COVID-19 on Thursday, April 23 at 12 pm.

Take good care,
Sean and Jim

S.A.F.E. Topics Vol. 1, No. 9 April 15, 2020

Going Remote – Personal Health

In the ninth episode of the S.A.F.E. Topics podcast, we continue our special series on Going Remote. Hosts curry and Sean were joined by Ghada Osman (Health Services) this week to discuss the psychological and sociological impacts on the topic of mental care in a remote setting.

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Health Services Information

What to listen for:

  • Transitioning to Zoom and having privacy.
  • Student health services during the summer.
  • Telehealth vs. in-person sessions.
  • Both unique and similar situations for counselors and students.
  • The good and challenging aspects of using Zoom in this space.
  • “A culture of positivity” and toxic positivity explained.
  • The stages and process of grief.
  • Holding on or letting go.
  • The importance of community and the institution for our students.
  • Consequences of social distancing to mental health.
  • “Physical distancing and social connections.”
  • Being in a fear zone, learning zone, and growth zone.
  • Emotional flexibility.
  • The juxtaposition of face-to-face classes and online classes in this moment.
  • A positive send off from Ghada.

You can connect with the S.A.F.E. Topics podcast on Instagram: @safetopics_podcast and share this podcast with this link.

The S.A.F.E. Topics Team:
curry mitchell – Faculty, Letters (Co-host)
Sean Davis – Faculty, Sociology (Co-host)
Kelly Barnett – Intern and Music Technology Student (Audio Editor)
James Garcia – SDICCCA Fellow and Associate Faculty, Sociology (Show Notes)

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