This post is just a reminder that CATL has a collection of “syllabus snippets” available as you craft your syllabus for the fall. Please note the new addition: a snippet for a Policy on Children in Virtual Sessions care of the UW System caregiving task force.
In order to help instructors plan for teaching in Fall 2020, CATL has a few guiding questions and suggestions based on models circulating in the educational development community, but contextualized to fit with what we have the capacity to do here at UW-Green Bay. This document assumes that a fully face-to-face course with no digital or online complement is not feasible in our context.
View the Guide Here
Someday, this semester will end, and we’ll look around, dazed, and start thinking about what it all means. The work of reflection is made richer when it is done with others— so that our own perspectives are contextualized and the possibilities for future action open up.
The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) and the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) invite you to join on a week-long intellectual journey that focuses on trying to understand what COVID-19 has meant and will mean for our community at UWGB. We also seek ways to move forward individually and collectively to create the institution we need, while also questioning who is included in the “we.” CCE and CATL invite members of the UWGB community who wish to explore these questions with us so that we can get a sense of where we’ve just been and how we might orient our campus community towards a just future.
Please read the call for instructions on how to sign-up and more about the “rules of the road.”
A few of the topics we’ll explore collectively are:
- Ways incorporate discussions of the pandemic into courses through disciplinary lenses/contexts
- Ways to incorporate a framework – such as Universal Design, Community of Inquiry, or Open Pedagogy – into courses/curriculum, which will enhance instruction in all modalities and make the pivot between modalities easier.
- Ways to connect across disciplinary, staff/faculty and other divides to consider how to best support and build sustainable and meaningful community
- Other ideas suggested by our fellow travelers
There’s room for 40 on this journey and participants will receive a $100 stipend.
Apply by May 8.
All instructors, working with their departmental colleagues, should think creatively of ways to deliver curriculum in alternative modalities should the need arise. For example, can your course be moved online, are there alternative assignments you can use in place of things like labs, etc., or in the case where this is not possible, can we determine how to work with students to complete the semester in the event of an interruption? We hope this will not be the case and have no indication currently that we will need to do this, but we should be prepared. The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) has prepared collections of resources in regards to moving courses online and insuring that we are teaching as part of a safe and inclusive environment for all students.
CATL has collected a number of resources to help instructors and academic staff foster a safe and inclusive environment for all students on our campus. In light of the discussion surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the xenophobia, discrimination, fear, and bias that pervades its portrayal in the media, we hope to support and encourage instructors to consider these pedagogical strategies and responses should they happen in your classes or in interactions with students.