In order to develop a course that is truly mindful of equity, it is essential to consider how the course syllabus may impact the way that students of differing backgrounds might interpret what is written.
Tue-17-Aug This interactive workshop is designed to help you examine your courses from before and during the pandemic to identify the strongest aspects of each. You will reflect on elements such as your syllabus policies, assignments, and student interactions to ensure that your fall courses incorporate the ‘best of both worlds.'
Mon-09-Aug In this workshop, you will learn research-based best practices for creating a first-day lesson plan. The session will also provide examples used by other faculty and guidance on developing activities for your own courses.
There are significant benefits for students, faculty, staff, and the institution itself from co-creation activities. Students gain more agency and develop leadership skills. They also develop stronger connections to their departments and the University. For faculty, a significant benefit is that the deeper engagement of students in the design and content of their own education produces levels of commitment that are often reflected in higher grades and more interesting work. The sense of a shared purpose is heightened, and faculty frequently learn something new or encounter a different perspective, when working this way with students. For the institution, there are clear benefits in fostering belonging and retention, and for research institutions, there is an atmosphere created in which the whole campus is engaged in the drive to produce high-quality research, whilst at the same time linking pedagogy with research in a highly efficient way.
There are many ways to teach online and finding what works best for you and your students is often a mix of recommended best practices and techniques refined over time. This collection of examples shows how research-based instructional strategies have been implemented in online courses at UNL.
The popular "speed sessions" where instructors share teaching strategies in short 5-minute presentations are in an online poster presentation format for this spring's symposium. Please browse the 'posters,' using the navigation options on the right side of the screen.
These resources will help you build courses that are more inclusive of the diverse student body at UNL. We recommend starting with the Strategies and Practices for Inclusive Excellence page, which is an overarching guide to best practices for inclusive teaching. The other resources outline strategies to address specific challenges you may face in your courses.
For the Fall 2020 semester, space in the DLC testing center will be limited and unable to accommodate prior years' usage levels. Consequently, DLC users may need to reconsider their use of the space and their assessment strategies. Instructors may want to choose alternative assessments, make use of online proctoring tools, reduce their use of the DLC center, or some mix of multiple options
In addition to the Digital Learning Commons testing center, UNL currently provides three software products for online proctoring: Respondus Lockdown, Respondus Lockdown+Monitor, and ProctorU. Each provides different levels of monitoring.