Fall 2020

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.

Planning for the first week of classes

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.

Implementing Inclusive Excellence into Virtual Learning Environments

This guide provides resources and tips for faculty to continue teaching in ways that are equitable and inclusive as they move to teach face-to-face classes online and in flexible hybrid modes.

Strategies for Faculty Efficiency: Grading and Time Management

This workshop, conducted on July 31, focused on making optimal use of the tools available to decrease time spent on grading. This included developing useful rubrics, keeping a list of frequent comments, and using audio comments, and other practical tips.

Teaching in a Flexible Hybrid Classroom

Conducted July 30, this interactive workshop identified which aspects of a course are best delivered online versus in the classroom. Additionally, it covered the different considerations for balancing synchronous versus asynchronous interactions when determining how often to meet with your class.

Remotely Facilitating an In-Person Course

Conducted July 29, this interactive workshop provided strategies for promoting an engaging instructor presence and maintaining student interest without being physically present in the classroom. The workshop also involved the presentation of best-practices as well as discussions on different topics.

Supporting Students: A Roundtable

Conducted July 28, this roundtable discussion invited instructors to interact with the leaders of several different centers across the university that support students directly to discuss their missions and how they work to help students.

Designing Your Course: Showcasing the CAS Flexible Course Models

Conducted on July 27, this workshop helped faculty visualize strategies that can be used to design courses to meet the demands of the fall 2020 semester. Faculty from the Arts & Sciences shared examples from their courses that implement the CAS Flexible Course Models.

Moving Beyond Exams

Conducted on July 14, this webinar discussed how the use of alternative assessments can foster unique experiences, a conducive environment for academic growth, and supports the Flexible Hybrid model.

How to Support Engaging and Thoughtful Discussions Online

Conducted on July 24, this workshop helped participants develop their skills at cultivating online discussions that also included in-depth demonstrations of how to use either the Yellowdig or the Canvas discussion platform.

Maintaining Student Motivation and Interest in Online and Hybrid Courses

Conducted on July 22, this webinar taught strategies for assessing student interest and helping students stay motivated online. This webinar also went over strategies within Canvas to notice and respond when students begin to lose engagement.

Anti-Perfectionism: How to Roll with the Punches During a Pandemic

Conducted July 6, this session began by providing a few “anti-perfectionist” teaching strategies that involve figuring out when a teaching goal matters and when it might be appropriate to accept a less-than-perfect outcome.