All of us at the Center for Transformative Teaching were saddened and angered by the senseless death of George Floyd in May. We remember, too, the many other black lives unnecessarily and unjustly lost in this country. Therefore, the CTT believes that we should make a statement that echoes and supports those made by Chancellor Green and Vice-Chancellor Marco Barker earlier in the month.
I admit as a citizen of a country other than the U.S., I have been hesitant to comment publicly on this issue in my professional capacity and on behalf of my U.S. colleagues at CTT. Having reflected though, I come from a place with an appalling record of colonial abuse of other races, a country that is guilty of the shameful operation of the Atlantic slave trade, and one which has a more recent domestic record littered with racial injustice and hatred, I feel I should add my voice to those already heard. As a Briton, I must own the role of my country in the abuse of people of color on a titanic scale. Britain didn’t just furnish the U.S. with its language and religion, it also made a significant contribution to the systemic racism we see today.
Flexible Hybrid Model for Fall 2020 Teaching and Learning
Given the challenges face-to-face learning presents to UNL in the fall it is important to create a broad framework for teaching and learning that allows the University to be prepared for any eventuality, and that ensures equitable treatment of its students no matter what their situation might be. Students who are unable to attend classes for whatever reason should not be disadvantaged. Simultaneously this framework should facilitate the needs of instructors to tailor their materials, activities, and styles to the demands of their own disciplines.
What follows is an attempt to outline a framework using hybrid face-to-face and online modes. The framework owes something to the HyFlex model but is not prescriptive. There are a few basic approaches that will be important for all classes in the fall, whether or not they are built out from an online or face-to-face model.
June 2, 2020
Since the COVID-19 situation forced most of us into remote working, students, faculty, and staff, have been coming to terms with a collection of new challenges. Not least among these has been switching to online instruction in the spring. We followed this up by moving our entire summer program online, and now we look towards the fall and a hybrid model of teaching and learning that will have a significant online component.
Whatever the challenges we face at UNL, the CTT is committed to supporting all instructors at UNL in their teaching. We seek to identify and share best practice across a range of pedagogies. In all our programming and interactions, therefore, we recommend approaches to teaching and learning that are active, collaborative, inclusive, and engaging. Our approach is non-prescriptive, however, and we consider instructors to be the experts on their material, and the relationship between that material and their teaching. We want to create a space in which the co-creation of knowledge can thrive.
The events below include both those wholly sponsored by the CTT as well as other events on campus related to improving teaching and learning at UNL.
Two weeks of workshops starting in July
The Center for Transformative Teaching has two weeks of workshops starting on Monday, July 6. Workshops will tackle online teaching, strategies to increase instructor-student connection, alternative assessments for students, accessibility, and inclusion in online classrooms. Workshops will be instructional, interactive, demonstrative and some will also involve breakout sessions for participants to share ideas. learn more and register
College of Arts and Sciences shares Fall course design models
CAS Teaching Academy Fellows have identified four course design models that meet Fall guidelines and requirements. The college has also compiled a useful FAQ and shared the recording of their faculty Zoom meeting where these models and other pertinent information is discussed.
Summer Institute for Online Teaching offering June-July session
Since 2002, the university has run the Summer Institute for Online Teaching (SIOT) to provide preparation and training, as well as a campus-wide faculty learning community, focused on online teaching. Given the unusual circumstances in which we find ourselves this year, the CTT will be conducting a 3-week version of this typically 6-week program beginning June 15. Registration is closed. learn more about SIOT...
UNL Funds New OER Cohort
The winners of the 2020-21 Open Educational Resource grants funded by the Center for Transformational Teaching have been announced. Winners come from across the institution and have in common a commitment to reducing costs and increasing access for students. Read more...