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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 will continue to be updated and we thank you for your patience.

  • Accessibility in the Classroom for Students with Auditory and Cognitive Disabilities: This document provides five strategies to support, include, and empower every student, particularly those with auditory and cognitive disabilities, in in face-to-face and online classrooms.
  • Active Learning in the Physically-Distanced Classroom: This downloadable document outlines five traditional active learning techniques and provided recommendations to help you modify them so that students can still engage while adhering to safety recommendations.
  • Building Community in Online Environments: This document outlines six strategies to help increase socialization in online learning environments.
  • Four Group Activities in the Physically-Distanced Classroom: Due to our need for social/physical distancing to reduce the potential spread of the COVID-19, some of our common teaching practices may not be possible. This downloadable document offers several learning activities that can be effectively used in the socially/physically distanced classroom.
  • Four Quick Tips for Maintaining Student Engagement in a Semester Without Fall Break: This downloadable document outlines four tips for keeping your students engaged during the fall 2020 semester as we continue without our usual mid-semester break.
  • Practices for Setting Clear Class Expectations: Navigating through ambiguous class expectations has the potential to negatively impact student engagement and achievement. This document outlines some practices for setting clear class expectations.
  • Quick-Start Tips for Teaching in the Time of COVID-19: This webpage provides strategies to consider implementing before and during the fall 2020 semester to best support our students during the COVID-19 era.
  • Recommended Syllabus Language Additions Related to COVID-19: We know that students who begin to feel ill or discover they have been a close contact of someone with COVID can feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do. As a result, they often turn to their instructors for information on university policy, which can place additional burdens on you. To support our students while reducing these additional burdens, we recommend that you include the policy information in this document in your syllabus.
    • Additionally, we recommend that you provide information on how students should notify you that they are following university protocols as well as outline for students a clear policy on make-up and late work due to self-isolation. We’ve provided suggested language for those policies that you can copy and paste into your syllabus or alter to fit the needs of your course in this document.
  • Risk Management in COVID-19: Our Experience Learning website offers risk management resources that have been developed specifically for COVID-19.
  • Strategies to Implement & Practices to Avoid: Setting Class Expectations for Your Students: This webpage offers some practical strategies for implementation and issues to keep in mind when establishing expectations for your classroom.
  • Things to Consider While Teaching During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Teaching during unprecedented times can be difficult. Both educators and students are under high amounts of stress and dealing with unexpected, and even traumatic, life events. This document provides some suggestions to help you navigate these difficult times.