Key Resources for Fall 2020
As faculty prepare for their Fall courses, the following resources may be of interest. Each resource page has links to more related resources. If there is a particular topic or question that you have, please contact an instructional designer assigned to your college.
The start of Fall 2020 will be radically different from previous years as will the manner in which courses are taught. This resource page aims to help faculty prepare for the first week of classes.
In this workshop conducted on July 14, instructors were provided with strategies that have a significant impact on online learning, especially for the first week of classes. Strategies included ways to remove barriers to learning, incorporate essential Canvas features, begin building the course community, and facilitate student interactions.
Conducted July 16, the goal of this workshop was to provide faculty with an overview of the interrelationship between accessibility and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Participants reflected on their current teaching practices and identified ways to improve the accessibility of their classes.
When designing courses, either online or in-person, it is essential to remember that not all of our students are the same. Just as no two faculty members would teach a course in the same way, no two students are going to engage with our course exactly the same. The challenge is to design course materials that allow all students to be equally successful independent of their personal characteristics. This is especially important to consider when teaching online because it can be harder to notice students that fall behind or stop participating in our courses.
In an online course, it is easy for students to feel isolated. They are, in most cases, physically isolated from their peers, so intentional community-building is necessary to help counter feelings of remoteness.
Although assessments may be administered somewhat differently in an online course than in a face-to-face course, you plan for them in the same way as with any course – by asking yourself: 1) what do your students need to know or be able to do? and 2) what would be the best evidence of the extent of their progress toward this goal?
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
Instructors need a good way to know who will be online and who will be in the classroom. One tool that addresses this problem rather neatly is the Canvas Calendar. Instructors can create appointments that allow a set number of students to sign up.
With the fall semester looming around the corner, colleges are creating inventive course model designs to help instructors prepare their courses for instruction that will combine online and face-to-face approaches.