Support for Teaching in New Ways

The past few years have been unlike anything we have experienced as educators. We know that our faculty need support in their teaching as it is new and different from previous years. We know that not only do our faculty need support, but our students need support unlike any other year, and by supporting our faculty we know that we can best support our students too. We care about the success of our faculty and students which is why we have put together resources to support teaching in new ways this year. 

Review our resources below and review our upcoming teaching and learning programs on our calendar page.

View our full Remote Teaching Strategies here.

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Increase Flexibility

Flexibility is beneficial in that it allows educators to respond to different learner abilities, needs, and interests.

​​Implement flexible deadlines and/or student choices around some assessments.

Be flexible about how students demonstrate their learning. Consider accepting audio voice recordings, photo documentation, or other ways that students can show they have learned what you want them to learn.

Record lectures or class presentations and allow students to engage either synchronously or asynchronously.  

 

Create predictability in your course

An organized and well-structured course not only improves learner success but also improves instructor efficiency through ease of navigation, course updates, and ongoing management. That means investing the time in good course design will pay off for you! 
Create modules that follow a clear pattern.​

Let students know how much time they should be spending on specific tasks.

Provide grading rubrics or criteria for all assignments in advance.

Increase communication to improve connection and motivation

Focus on practical ways to infuse your course with exercises that involve interaction and connectedness. 

Send weekly emails to your class.
Be sure to communicate your confidence in students' ability to learn and your willingness to support them.

​Reach out directly to any student that hasn't been participating in your course without judgment and offer to connect them to resources.

Teaching Strategies

Teaching has many aspects, and as faculty, we can best support our students when we understand the best teaching strategies for our diverse students with much different learning comprehension. We know that our unique and diverse student population learns differently, which is why understanding how to teach students in all modalities and forms is of the utmost importance. 

In CETL, we want to break down these teaching strategies and techniques so we can best help faculty teach our students.

Teaching is hard work, we want to make it easier for you.

Academic Technology & Your Classroom

Academic Technology is a department within the Office of Information Technology (OIT) and in CETL we work with faculty to understand how to use these technologies to best support student learning and student success. Implementing a technology doesn't necessarily mean it will help your students, we want to support you in finding the right technology for the job at hand. Reference the Academic Technology page on OIT's website and if you need more support, request a Coaching Conversation with CETL. 

If you reviewed the resources and need support with course design and development, technologies that support instruction, assessment, hybrid delivery, accelerated delivery, or Universal design for learning and accessibility - Meet with a CETL Instructional Designer!

Teaching in Tumultuous Times

The Center Excellence for Teaching & Learning has gathered resources to help your classroom preparations for the tumultuous times we've had in the past few years and will have as we move forward. Let's be honest - it's been difficult the past few years. Between a divisive election, national protests, wildfires, and a pandemic, we understand we all could use some support and understanding. 

We invite you to use our resources, our department, and our knowledge to support yourself and your classroom who may seek your guidance and pedagogical engagement.