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What to Expect and How to Be Prepared

As the spring 2021 semester gets closer, it is important that instructors plan and prepare for in-person courses, whether fully face-to-face or in hybrid form.

Regardless of whether you will be teaching an in-person course for the first time next semester, or you taught an in-person course during the fall semester, the following workshops and resources have been made available to aid in planning and preparing for the spring semester.


Teaching During COVID-19

Our team of faculty development professionals are diligently working on resources and various support opportunities to assist faculty planning to teach in the socially-distanced classroom in the fall. This webpage is continually being updated with new resources.

The Syllabus

The syllabus is arguably the most important document you give your students. It provides a roadmap for your course and sets class guidelines. This resource provides a syllabus template as well as recommended syllabus language additions related to COVID-19.

Fall Online and Hybrid Teaching Guide

Vols Online created this online and hybrid teaching guide last fall, but the content is also applicable for the upcoming spring semester. If this is your first time teaching a hybrid course, this guide will walk you through designing an effective hybrid class.

Practices for Setting Clear Class Expectations

With the constant changes occurring during the pandemic, it is more important than ever to ensure that your students know what is expected of them in your class. This document provides useful suggestions for establishing clear and open communication between you and your students to help eliminate confusion and give your students a sense of stability.

Risk Management in COVID-19

As with any off-campus experience, faculty or staff who oversee the activities should take time to plan and prepare so that students are as safe as possible when they’re off campus. This webpage has been created to help those overseeing off-campus experiences manage pandemic-specific risks and is not meant to replace general risk management measures related to these experiences.

Online Service-Learning in a Nutshell

For those of you who are teaching classes with a service-learning component, it may be difficult to find service-learning opportunities during the pandemic. Online service-learning is a fantastic alternative to traditional, in person service-learning. This document provides you the information you need to get started.

Lecturing Effectively

Maintaining students’ engagement can be challenging in the best of times. With the current events, keeping students focused may be a bit more difficult than usual. These lecturing techniques can help you maintain student engagement throughout your face-to-face class.

The Flipped Classroom

A flipped classroom is a teaching model that reverses the typical lecture and homework elements. This practice is excellent for hybrid courses, as well as socially-distanced face-to-face classes.

Reflection Activities

When teaching face-to-face in a socially-distanced classroom, learning activities that can be done individually are the safest bet. These reflection activities are designed to be completed alone and provide a safe way to keep your students engaged and increase their learning.