Teaching during times of potential disruption requires creative and flexible thinking about how instructors can support students in achieving the learning outcomes of the course despite the disruption of regular classroom meetings and schedules. This website offers suggestions to faculty who seek to continue offering a student-centered learning experience in a remote or online learning environment.
The sudden jump into teaching remotely may feel unfamiliar and frustrating. There will always be hiccups and challenges. Times of disruption are, by their nature, disruptive and everyone expects that. Be willing to make mistakes and switch tactics if something isn't working. While you might not be able to teach something exactly the way you imagined, If you stay focused on your students—being responsive to their needs, understanding when they experience challenges, and compassionate for the difficult times we find ourselves in—then your students will have every opportunity for success, through your guidance and their tenacity.
Below, you’ll find services and resources to help you go remote or online.
For more support with technology in the classroom, visit the Office of Digital Education
Send 2-3 weekly emails or use the Canvas announcements feature communicating your confidence in students' ability to learn and your willingness to support them during this stressful time.
Reach out directly to any student that hasn't been participating in your course without judgment and offer to connect them to resources.
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 your lectures or class presentations and allow students to engage either synchronously or asynchronously. Remember that students may not be able to “attend” your class at the regularly scheduled time because of new family commitments, new work commitments, or new living situations.
Allow students to reach you by phone and email, not just by video chat.
Let students know how much time they should be spending on specific tasks.
Provide grading rubrics or criteria for all assignments in advance.