Teaching News

August 11, 2020

As you look toward fall teaching, the Teaching Engagement Program and UO Online offer many resources to support you. 

Remote Course Builder 
Crucial considerations for remote teaching are the organization of your Canvas site; the opportunities you build for connection and interaction; and your plans for providing students with both structure and flexibility. You can construct your fall remote course with these building blocks, including a starter syllabus and ‘welcome module’ that you can customize and import directly into your Canvas site.

Student Success Toolkit  
In spring, faculty noted that demands on students’ time management, study, and reflection skills were heightened by remote learning and the COVID-19 context generally. You can adapt TEP’s “toolkit” assignments and import them into your Canvas course to build these skills into your fall teaching.

Coordinating Teaching Teams 
Especially in fall, when lectures and sections/labs may be taught across modalities—including asynchronous online, remote, and face-to-face for a single course—coordination across faculty and graduate student teams is crucial. These tips and “Setting Expectations for Teaching Teams” set of goals and reflective questions may help your teaching team come to a more explicit and shared understanding of how it will work together.

Contingency Planning 
Three quarters of UO’s fall courses are slated for face-to-face instruction. If we need to pivot to remote, taking these steps can ease the transition.

Featured Practice: Organization

In each Teaching News e-mail, we’ll feature a professional, inclusive, engaged, or research-informed teaching practice that is important across remote, face-to-face, and asynchronous online modalities, and tips for how to practically achieve it however you teach.

This time, learn how to organize your Canvas course (a professional practice) so that it is clear for students. Course organization was one of four most frequently cited needs UO students highlighted in a spring survey about their remote learning. Find strategies and guidelines for course organization at the Remote Course Builder.


Excellence in Remote Teaching Awards  
The Office of the Provost will give up to 20 Excellence in Remote Teaching Awards to faculty who transformed traditional, face-to-face courses into remote teaching environments in spring 2020 while maintaining the qualities we value at the UO: professional, inclusive, engaged, and research-informed teaching. Please consider nominating yourself or a colleague using this brief nomination form. Each award will include a stipend of $1,000 (plus OPE). Nominations are open through September 1, 2020, and awards will be announced in November.

Reimagine Education Awards 
QS Quacquarelli Symonds, a British-based higher education consulting group, will recognize outstanding approaches to teaching and learning with $50,000 awards. QS is particularly interested in submissions about projects that respond to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Applications are due September 12, 2020. The formal call can be found at this link. An Application Guide is available.

Workshop Invitations

Orientation to Remote Fall Teaching  
Choose one: 
This Wednesday, August 12, 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. 
Tuesday, September 8, 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.  
Monday, September 14, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 

Looking for a time-saving introduction to the UO policies that govern, teaching practices that elevate, and resources that support remote teaching and learning? During this workshop we’ll share the latest Academic Council expectations and highlight strategies for teaching in Canvas and Zoom, developing synchronous class sessions, engaging your students, and assessing their learning.


TEP and UO Online are here to support you in your teaching. Request an individual consultation.