Fall 2020

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

Explore resources and tips to continue teaching equitably and inclusively while in-person or online.

Lessons Learned from the Fall

Presented in January 2021, this workshop began by presenting data collected from the students that visited CAST this fall to help faculty and staff better understand the challenges that students were facing. The instructional designers then offered practical solutions for faculty to help better mitigate those challenges.

Trauma-Informed Pedagogy Tips

Trauma-Informed Pedagogy requires having an awareness of our students’ past and present experiences and the effects of those experiences on students’ well-being and their ability to engage with the materials and learn. We must be able to recognize trauma in ourselves and our students. We need to be intentional to promote safe environments that cultivate connectedness, empowerment, and recovery.

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 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.

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