August 17, 2021
Over the last year and a half, many of our practices and traditions were forced to change almost overnight. This fall, there is a strong urge to return to the ‘normalcy’ we used to have, but it is important to recognize that some changes had good outcomes. We developed more intentional pedagogies, thoughtfully adopted new technologies, and most importantly, listened closely to the voices of our students. This often resulted in classrooms that were more inclusive and equitable for students.
Moving forward intentionally integrated the useful updates from the last year into our traditional face-to-face experiences. This interactive workshop helped examine courses from before and during the pandemic to identify the strongest aspects of each. Participants reflected on elements such as syllabus policies, assignments, and student interactions to ensure that fall courses incorporate the ‘best of both worlds’.
Participants should have previous syllabi and other materials from courses taught both before and during the pandemic. Those newer to teaching who haven’t had the opportunity to teach in both situations, will still have the opportunity to discuss ideas with other instructors and learn from experiences.