With Fall semester right around the corner, colleges around the world are gearing up for what the newfound academic experience will look like given COVID-19 implications. How do we ensure our students are kept safe and healthy, both physically and emotionally?
To fortify academic rigor, the online/remote experience, and on-campus health checks, CU Denver leadership has developed four new positions for current students. They are currently accepting applications.
Student Course Assistants
Student Course Assistants will provide logistical and technological support to faculty teaching remote and hybrid courses. Course Assistants will be trained to handle a variety of logistical tasks in Zoom including: monitoring chat, organizing break-out rooms, taking attendance, managing screen sharing, facilitating polling, and troubleshooting student technical problems in Zoom. Students will be assigned to a faculty member and will consistently assist with specific courses for the academic year. Academic knowledge of the course or discipline are not necessary.
The primary role of a Learning Assistant is to promote student interaction and discourse around the content of the supported course. In addition to supporting the implementation of group-worthy activities and tasks, this role could involve the development of new activities. Social interaction around high quality tasks leads to learning. You need to engage students in talking to each other about the content that they are learning. This can be tough to do, but with practice and the skills you learn in the LA Course, you will be prepared to fulfill this role.
COVID-19 Safe Return Student Ambassadors
The Student Ambassador is responsible for welcoming all students, staff and faculty entering CU Denver buildings. Additionally, they are responsible for directing the campus community with respect to new protocols including circulation within buildings, elevator and stair usage, restroom occupancy, queueing procedures in and out of buildings, and the requirement for use of PPE and social distancing everywhere on campus. They may also perform checks for indicators of successful health screening (e.g., wristbands) at entrances to buildings. The Student Ambassadors will politely remind and assist all members of the campus community to comply with health and safety protocols and may provide PPE such as single-use masks to campus visitors.
COVID-19 Student Contact Tracers/Case Investigators
Epidemiologic surveillance and investigation play a key role in reducing COVID-19 community transmission. COVID-19 Student Case Investigators will join a fast paced and dynamic team also composed of Contact Tracers on the Auraria campus. Collectively this team will work to prevent COVID-19 transmission on campus by remotely isolating sick individuals and placing exposed individuals in quarantine.
The COVID-19 Student Case Investigators and Contact Tracers will conduct case investigations on COVID-19 cases on the Auraria campus and notify their contacts of exposure and potential risk. COVID-19 cases are defined as individuals meeting the CDC case syndromic definition and or an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. The case investigator is responsible for contacting COVID-19 Auraria campus cases, helping cases make care plans, identifying and collecting contact details of household members and Auraria campus contacts, and connecting cases and household contacts to various services (including social support structures, testing, clinical care, etc.). Contact tracers refer individuals for testing according to established protocols and provide contacts with instructions for quarantine. Cases will be distributed by the team supervisor. The role will provide education about isolation and quarantine procedures and physical and mental health resources to cases and contacts. Contact tracers and case investigators are required to follow all scripts to inform contacts about the importance of quarantine, follow all policies and procedures provided, and comply with confidentiality agreements related to personal information. On occasion, students may be asked to fulfill other necessary duties related to the COVID-19 Safe Return to Campus such as helping with health screening functions.