COVID-19 Updates for the AEDE Community

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 spring 2021?

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 Spring 2021 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 december 2020 commencement?

The university will celebrate the December Class of 2020 during at a virtual commencement on December 13, 2020.Jerry Revish, an Emmy award-winning reporter and former broadcast news anchor in central Ohio, will be the commencement speaker. A pre-ceremony program featuring messages from graduates, deans and other university leaders from across our campuses will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the ceremony at 2 p.m. Both events can be viewed by livestream. While degrees will be conferred Dec. 13, the university will mail diplomas after the ceremony.

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. 
Instructional Approaches to Hybrid Courses: December 11, 2020 11:00 AM. Hybrid courses offer unique opportunities for both instructors and students. Join us to explore design principles for hybrid courses that help students meet learning outcomes in effective and engaging ways. We will discuss the benefits and limitations of various instructional strategies and explore tools for supporting rich synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences in face-to-face and online components of a course. Additionally, we will address special considerations for teaching a hybrid course in Spring 2021, given the challenges of the pandemic. You will have opportunities to work with fellow participants to share ideas on teaching hybrid courses and strategize potential approaches. REGISTER.
For the most up-to-date list of workshops from the Office of Distance Education and eLearning, visit the Keep Teaching website

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

2021 Agricultural policy and Winter outlooks

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