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As businesses find new ways to operate and collaborate in the midst of COVID-19, so too are business and entrepreneurship faculty. Under the leadership of Regional Directors Micah Merrick and Xavier Nazario, the Business and Entrepreneurship sector has formed a community of practice in the San Francisco Bay Region to allow faculty to share strategies for teaching and employer engagement during the pandemic.
The group held its first meeting on May 1, which was attended by faculty from 10 SF Bay Region colleges. Moving forward, they will hold weekly discipline-based calls on topics like business law, accounting, entrepreneurship and business administration. The group also has a workspace in Canvas where faculty can collaborate and share resources.
“There has always been a desire for faculty to connect with their colleagues at their respective colleges. Our current situation with regard to COVID-19 has amplified that need,” Nazario said. “Faculty have been asked to quickly transition all courses to an online format, and they are eager to find the resources they need to be successful.”
Merrick said the community of practice allows faculty to be self-sufficient and learn from each other, rather than relying solely on their colleges to help with the transition to remote learning.
“We are responding to requests to have faculty solve their own problems, rather than relying purely on college administrators, who are understandably overwhelmed at this time dealing with COVID-19,” Merrick said.
Topics and resources made available in Canvas are curated based on demand from faculty for materials that will help make their entry or re-entry into online teaching as smooth as possible.
“We surveyed the faculty and identified a few critical areas like finding affordable trainings to transition from face-to-face to online, inviting guest speakers to share their knowledge on specific business topics, and conducting peer-led virtual training workshops on technology tools that can be integrated into online courses,” Nazario said.
Faculty members interested in joining the community of practice can contact Micah Merrick or Xavier Nazario for more information.