COVID-19 Updates for the AEDE Community

President Johnson shared an update on campus departure plans for Winter Break on November 15, 2020. Read more.

COVID-19 continues to be a global pandemic, so as we enter the last few weeks of the semester it will be important for you to start preparing now for your Thanksgiving and Winter Break plans and to know your COVID-19 status to reduce your chances of taking COVID-19 home to your friends and family. To assist you in this process, please visit the OSU Student Life Page.

Please remember to complete your daily health check if you plan to be on our Columbus, Wooster, or Statewide Campus or interacting in-person with faculty, staff, students, or clientele on behalf of Ohio State. Directions can be found on our CFAES Return to Offices and Campuses web page. If you make a mistake while answering the questions, repeat the process. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to AEDE faculty and staff

Student and Learning Support

How will teaching be delivered Autumn 2020?

AEDE is working with the CFAES and University administrations to develop the most appropriate mix of virtual and in-person classes to ensure student, staff, and faculty safety and provide the best learning experience. 
Due to space constraints, and AEDE’s faculty and lecturers dedication to providing a superior learning experience, regardless of delivery method, many of AEDE’s classes will be virtual or hybrid for the Autumn 2020 semester. 

What does the Federal Reversal of the Rule Impacting International Students Mean?

Ohio State is encouraged by news that the federal government will be maintaining flexibility for international students to continue their education in the autumn.
Recently, a rule was reversed that would have required international students to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes entirely online.
Before the reversal, Ohio State had signed on to an amicus brief filed on behalf of 180 colleges and universities in support of a lawsuit challenging the rule.
As the university has stated, our international students are a vital part of our vibrant academic community.
We remain committed to supporting their contributions to every discipline, and we will continue to advocate on their behalf. Read more about the revised guidelines

What about advising and student engagement?

AEDE faculty and staff will be offering virtual drop-in office hours, online discussion groups, and in-person one-on-one meetings by appointment with faculty or staff during the semester.

Will we have access to the Ag Admin Building or the AEDE’s 250A Administrative Suite?

We do not yet have guidance/restrictions on whether or not students, staff or faculty will have access during the fall semester.  
Our current plan is to have in-person availability by appointment, to ensure safety of all involved. 
CFAES has several college transition teams actively synthesizing university guidance to localize for CFAES departments and Units.
To help organize the information, we have created a website for CFAES Return to Offices and Campuses

When is summer 2020 commencement?

The university will celebrate the summer Class of 2020 at a virtual commencement on Aug. 9.
An in-person ceremony will be celebrated at a future date when it is safe to do so.
Similar to spring’s virtual commencement, the pre-ceremony program on Aug. 9 will feature messages from graduates, deans and other leaders from across Ohio State’s campuses.
It will begin at 1:30 p.m. with commencement starting at 2 p.m. and will be livestreamed.

How can I access University COVID- Related information and resources?

Resources for students and
Students can use the Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) and the Buckeye Peer Access Line (PAL), which operates Monday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to midnight, and Friday from 2 to 6 p.m.

new zoom password requirements

In an effort to increase security and privacy for the Ohio State community, all CarmenZoom meetings will require a passcode beginning July 30, and the change will prevent users from turning off the passcode going forward.
Passcodes will be applied to previously scheduled meetings and Personal Meeting ID links.
If you have any upcoming meetings without a passcode, you will need to edit those meetings, as well as your Personal Meeting ID.
Updating your Zoom meetings before July 30 will create a much smoother experience for your attendees. 
Read more or contact:


Teaching and Instructional Support

what are some resources for online teaching?

Instructors can sign up now for Introduction to Teaching Online, a two-week course delivered in CarmenCanvas.
The course will introduce the key considerations for the online learning environment, including how to make decisions about course format and delivery, how to communicate with students and how to foster student interaction and create engaging activities. 
Two upcoming virtual workshops presented by the Michael V. Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning are designed to support instructors as they prepare for autumn semester: On Thursday (July 23) and again on July 29, the focus will be on best practices for course design, whether for in person, online or blended teaching.
These 3-hour workshops will take place at 1 p.m. on each day. 
On July 31, the focus will be on designing accessible and effective assignments for both in-person and online teaching contexts.
Participants will use backwards design to develop assignments that guide student learning in alignment with course goals and learning outcomes.
The session is from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Courses for hybrid and distance-enhanced content are also in progress. 
For the most up-to-date list of workshops from the Office of Distance Education and eLearning, visit the Keep Teaching website
The Drake Institute also offers a number of rotating, small-group cohorts centered around instructional redesign, including Teaching Information Literacy (July 20-Aug. 9), Carmen Common Sense (July 27-31) and Contemplative Pedagogies (July 6-Aug. 14;instructors can join at any time).

AAEA Teaching Resources
The Committee on Women in Agricultural Economics (CWAE) Communication Covid-19 On-Line Resources.
How You Can Work to Increase the Presence and Improve the Experience of Black, Latinx and Native American People in the Economics Profession" (Amanda Bayer, Gary Hoover, Ebonya Washington)
The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) and the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) have partnered together on a new paper, Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on Food and Agricultural Markets. This publication contains insights from 29 experts and is now available for download

Business Essential Travel – Exception Approval

If business travel is being considered because it is essential, please consult the CFAES resource guide to follow the process for requesting the trip. The resource guide has been added to the CFAES Return to Offices and Campuses. The guide includes guiding principles for Business Essential Travel, requirements during the University’s travel restriction period, and a chart showing the approval process. Questions should be directed to the department fiscal officer.

Events and Meetings

2020 Agricultural policy and outlook conference 

The Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference will take place on Nov 12, 2020 from 8:30am - 2:30pm. Look for more detailed information soon.

The Talk on Friday Avenue® - “Value Chains in Food and Agriculture” will take place at the Virtual Farm Science Review on Sep 22, 2020, 10:00am - 11:00am. To join the WEBINAR, please note the password and click the link below:
Password: FSRAEDE