2020 Academic Academy - Virtual Event

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Deadline to Register/Application Deadline: 
Friday, September 18, 2020 - 5:00pm

Interruptions in education are not new. Snow days, extreme heat, floods, and earthquakes can all lead to temporary school closures. In addition, California’s students may experience the extended disruption and devastating impact of fires. But a global pandemic requiring social distancing and the sudden cessation of traditional classroom instruction for an undefined time period is a force so impactful that our evolution is forced – is it education’s Big Bang, where we will emerge anew? Or is it our Ice Age, leading to the extinction of select species and the rapid evolution of the survivors? This year’s ASCCC Academic Academy will explore the impact of our recent history on the future of education. Join us as we explore the use of open and online approaches to finding ways to redefine instruction and assessment, create more equitable learning environments, address long-standing inequities exacerbated by reliance on technology, and improve the success of all students.

 The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges is hosting the 2020 Academic Academy - Virtual Event

The event will take place in the virtual event platform Pathable.  All attendees will receive an email prior to the event with a unique user login.  The platform works with email as your user id, so please make sure all attendees emails are their actual emails.  If you are an admin and are registering a group of people, please make sure you are prepared with each persons unique email.  Please use chrome as your browser as it has the best functionality with the program.

When: October 8-9, 2020

                                                                                  In Collaboration with:

                                         CCC OER



Click here to register!


Early Registration Deadline: Friday, September 18, 2020 at 5:00pm


Early Registration Fee (before September 18, 2020): $150

Late Registration Fee (after September 18, 2020): $200

Presenter's Fee: Complimentary 

We are accepting credit card payment only for this event.


Video Release Paragraph 

Please be advised that the Academic Senate for California Community College’s Academic Academy General Sessions taking place on October 8-9, 2020 will be recorded. By participating in the event, you agree to grant permission to the rights of your image, likeness and sound of your voice as recorded on audio or video tape without payment or any other consideration.  I understand that my image may be edited, copied, exhibited, published or distributed and waive the right to inspect or approve the finished product wherein my likeness appears. Additionally, I waive any right to royalties or other compensation arising or related to the use of my image or recording.  I also understand that this material may be used in diverse educational settings within an unrestricted geographic area. 

Photographic, audio or video recordings may be used for the following purposes:

  • conference presentations
  • educational presentations or courses
  • informational presentations or workshops
  • on-line educational courses, presentations, or workshops
  • educational videos

Please contact ASCCC directly should you not agree with this video release at events [at] asccc.org.


What is the cancellation/refund policy?

  • Payment is required prior to entering an Academic Senate event.

  • Please remember that the last day (September 18, 2020) to cancel your registration without penalty is always posted on each event's webpage, and is listed in each confirmation email. Cancellations must be submitted in writing to events [at] asccc.org on or before the posted date. Registration will not be canceled due to non-payment. All cancellations made after the posted cancellation date will be assessed a cancellation fee.

  • Full Refunds will not be granted for cancellations after the posted cancellation deadline.

  • Cancellations made less than 7 business working days prior (October 1st, 2020) to the event will be billed the full registration amount for the conference.

  • No shows, unclaimed "TBA" attendees, and cancellations made after the deadline will be billed to you and/or your college for the total cost of registration and room if applicable to the event. As attendees are permitted to register without funds, we have no way of determining cancellation unless specifically told, in writing.

  • It is your responsibility to ensure payment of the registration fee. Submission of your registration signifies agreement with this policy.

  • Unpaid balances owed to the Academic Senate must be paid off before an attendee can register for a future event.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

No, All attendee registrations must match the ticket.  If you would like to transfer your registration, you must cancel the first one, then register the second attendee online.  If a payment transfer needs to be made because payment was made by check, you must contact the Senate Office directly with a written notification at events [at] asccc.org


For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations please contact Edie Martinelli at events [at] asccc.org or phone 916-445-4753x102. Three weeks advance notice of need for accommodations is requested.



Your registration submission for the event signifies your agreement to the following:

Participant/Attendee shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, its officers, directors, partners, agents, and employees, from and against any and all demands, claims, damages to persons or property, losses and liabilities, including reasonable attorney’s fees arising out of or caused by participant or attendee’s willful misconduct or negligence in connection with the provision of services or the use of the Hotel facilities, except to the extent and percentage attributable to the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges or its agents’, subcontractors’, representatives’, employees’ or attendees’ willful misconduct or negligence.


Tentative Schedule Subject to Change
Click here to download the program in PDF.

Program Key

The breakouts are organized into strands as follows:

  1. Enthusiastic Explorers (EE) – Sessions in this strand are designed for novices that are exploring a topic for the 1st time or seeking a refresher.
  2. Solution Seekers (SS) – New answers to old problems – or revisiting old answers to new problems – take your pick. Problem-solving will be the focus of these sessions.
  3. Thrill Seekers (TS) – Are you ready to try anything? Lose the safety net and the life jacket – join us for a walk on the educational wild side.

Given the diversity of our program, you are likely to find topics that inspire caution and others that compel you to throw that caution to the wind. In keeping with our theme, we hope you’ll both expand your knowledge of familiar topics and explore new ones.

California Virtual Campus – Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI; cvc.edu)
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC; asccc.org)
Open Educational Resources Initiative (OERI; asccc-oeri.org

Thursday, October 8th

9:00 a.m. to 11:30 Pre-Session
Unleashing the Power of Open: Hands-on Workshop on Adopting and Adapting LibreTexts for Use in Your Classroom

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Opening General Session: Open Education: Do Better

3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Breakout Session 1

  1. OER Basics Made Easy - Academic Freedom in Action (EE)
  2. Ready for Anything - The Flexible Classroom (SS)
  3. Are Grades Failing our Students? Equitable Grading Practices: What are you really measuring? (TS)

Friday, October 9th

9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. General Session 1: Crisis and the Commons

11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Breakout Session 2

  1. UDL, SLO, OEP – The Alphabet Soup of Good Course Design (EE)
  2. Assessment Pandemonium – Lessons Learned (SS)
  3. Creating Connection - Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices (TS)

1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Breakout Session 3

  1. Pause, Reflect, Refine: Mid-Semester Check-in Using the CVC-OEI Rubric (EE)
  2. Shouldn’t Your Online Students See You? Moving Past the Fear of Filming (SS)
  3. Open Pedagogy – Who is Steering the Ship? And Where are You Going? (TS)

2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Breakout Session 4

  1. Achieving Equity through Humanized Online Teaching (EE)
  2. Equity and Distance Education – Synchronous Vs Asynchronous Instruction  (SS)
  3. You Did What? Implementing a Team Approach to Course Design and Service Delivery (TS)

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closing General Session
State-wide Evolution: The CVC Exchange as an All-Access Pass for Students