Week Five Teaching Update

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

 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. 

See the full workshop lineup.

Miss a session? Recordings of Alternative AssessmentsInterpersonal Connection and Remote Peer Learning, and all our sessions are available

Let Us Support You

Ergonomic Workstations 
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.

Loaner Hardware 
Request a mic (this can help with the quality of captioning) or iPad here

Faculty and GEs with connectivity challenges should check these resources. If these won’t work for you, some MiFi units are available via the UO Service Portal MiFi Device page

Teaching Engagement Program 
Contact us any time! You can use this form and a consultant will be in touch.

UO Online 

Information Services 
Drop-ins for Zoom Support

Zoom Assistants   
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. 

Select “Classroom Assistant” on the Zoom Support Request Help form