Remote Learning Resources
As our campus community once again shifts to online instruction on very short notice amidst a public health crisis, we recognize that we are all experiencing varying levels of frustration, disappointment, and stress. First on our minds might be updating our courses on Canvas and setting up for class sessions on Zoom, and we have a variety of resources to help you there. However, while doing so, please remember to be kind to yourself and to your students. Recognize the challenges that we are collectively experiencing so that your students and colleagues feel encouraged during this continued uncertain time. You’ve got this – and we are here for you.
Below you will find contact information, upcoming and recorded events, and additional resources.
As you plan for fully remote instruction in January and take advantage of the resources provided, we hope that you keep the following inclusive teaching considerations in mind:
Set aside time for building community in your initial class sessions.
Community is at the heart of successful pedagogy. Use creative introductory activities to set the tone and let students know that you care. Explicitly address the unfortunate reality that being back on Zoom may interrupt students’ ability to get to know their classmates, and incorporate polls, chats, or breakout rooms specifically aimed at building relationships.
Partnering with your students will help to create the most meaningful and supportive learning experience.
Ask your students about their concerns and needs and invite their input through anonymous polls, chat prompts, or surveys. Be authentic and transparent with the changes and adaptations that you have had to make to start the semester remote and be responsive to their feedback on those changes. Develop expectations and norms together to guide you through these first few weeks. Encourage students to let you know when and how they’re struggling.
Engagement & Connection
Integrate opportunities for students to interact with you and each other as much as possible.
Increase social presence and student engagement in your remote classroom by integrating a variety of activities. Take advantage of Zoom chat: start class with a warmup question, end class with a reflection question, and work in other opportunities for students to contribute. In between live class sessions, use discussion boards to create remote student learning communities.
Flexibility & Empathy
Staying healthy and safe is what’s most important for you and your students right now.
Recognize that you or your students may get sick or need to care for people who are sick. Some may experience increased anxiety or other mental health problems. Be gentle, flexible, patient, and empathetic to support students’ wellbeing. Continue to exercise self-care and encourage your students to do the same. Develop flexible attendance policies and provide various ways for students to engage with the material.