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. California’s students have always faced temporary school closures due to environmental circumstances ranging from storms to riots and 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 do the impossible, redefining the classroom, creating more equitable learning environments, and improving 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


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.



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

Program Key

We’ve organized the breakouts into strands that are organized as follows:

  • Risk-Averse (RA) – Sessions in this strand are designed for novices that are exploring a topic for the 1st time or seeking a refresher.
  • Solution Seekers (SS) – New answers to old problems – or revisiting old answers to new problems – take your pick. Problem-solving with be the focus of these sessions.
  • 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

Thursday, October 8th

9:00 a.m. to 11:30 Pre-Session: Libre Texts Bootcamp

1:00 p.m. to 2:15 Opening General Session 1: Opening Keynote Speaker

2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Breakout Session 1

  1. OER Basics Made Easy - Academic Freedom in Action (RA)
  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

9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. General Session 2: Featured Keynote Speaker

10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Breakout Session 2

  1. UDL, SLO, OEP – The Alphabet Soup of Good Course Design (RA)
  2. Assessment Pandemonium – Lessons Learned (SS)
  3. You Did What? Implementing a Team Approach to Course Design and Service Delivery (TS)

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

  1. Shouldn’t Your Online Students See You? Moving Past the Fear of Filming (RA)
  2. Virtually Prepared – Strategies for Addressing Online Inexperience  (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. Equity Through Community: How Humanized Instruction Leads to Equity Online (RA)
  2. Embracing Change - Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices (SS)
  3. Equity and Distance Education – Synchronous Vs Asynchronous Instruction (SS)