April 24, 2020
Thank you for sharing your remote teaching experiences in last week’s survey. More than 100 faculty conveyed successes, needs, and general concerns. This snapshot summary of responses attempts to capture aspects of this unprecedented experience and give us a way to directly connect resources to the expressed needs of UO’s teaching community.
In the survey, some of you mentioned your own desire for interpersonal connection with students and colleagues. We hope you will consider joining us for the weekly teaching workshop series as one way to be in community. This Monday at 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. we’re sharing strategies for active learning in remote courses. Join us on Zoom.
The Office of the Provost Faculty and GE Support Group
Week Five Checklist
- Midterms: TEP/UO Online offer ideas for structuring reviews and designing exams for the remote environment, as well as step-by-step guidance for creating Canvas exams. Note that students have difficulty planning their time during tests when they cannot view the whole exam at once. You can help them by including an overview of the exam structure in the directions and, with each question, giving an estimate of the time the question should take.
- Academic Council requires use of the Canvas gradebook this term. You can read highlights and watch a recording of the UO Online/TEP workshop on how to use the Canvas gradebook.
- Tutoring and academic support is available remotely through the Tutoring and Academic Engagement Center. Consider highlighting these resources broadly through Canvas or directly referring individual students. The TAEC provides drop-in math, science, language and writing support, supplemental instruction and an asynchronous Online Writing Lab.
- If you’re worried about the health or well-being of a student, you can submit a Community Care and Support Form through the Dean of Students website. Any student experiencing a financial crisis can apply for support funds via the Dean of Students website.
Colleague to Colleague: Teaching in a Time of Crisis
Faculty share examples of how they’re creating dimensions of their courses that reflect the current crisis, including ways they’re directly addressing the pandemic and supporting student wellbeing.
Monday Workshop Series
Active Learning in Remote Courses
THIS MONDAY, April 27, 2020
Select One: 9:00 -10:00 am, 2:00-3:00 pm
Click here to join us via Zoom.
Meeting ID: 233 572 809
Learn about best practices for active learning that both engage your students and help you gauge their understanding of the course content. Examples will include content wrappers and student reflection activities designed to increase interaction and communication between students and instructors that work in both synchronous and asynchronous formats.
Let Us Support You
UO Safety and Risk Services provides resources to support healthy work spaces, including its ergonomics webpage and this worksheet on remote workstation safety. A limited number of remote assessments of faculty and GE work spaces is available.
Teaching Engagement Program
Contact us any time! You can use this form and a consultant will be in touch.
Drop-ins for Zoom Support
- Mondays from 9:00 a.m.-noon (through May 18): Monday Zoom link
- Thursdays from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (through May 21): Thursday Zoom link
Faculty who want a helping hand with real-time Zoom classroom management can now identify a “Zoom assistant” from within the course to receive training. Information Services student workers will provide 30-minute training sessions by appointment. This training will be available exclusively to individuals whom faculty identify, such as GEs, teaching assistants, undergraduate learning assistants, or student volunteers within a given course. Trainings will empower identified assistants to help the instructor scan for raised hands, monitor chats, and assist with features like breakout rooms, screen sharing, polling, and white boards.