Coronavirus Response: a Message from Flower
March 14, 2020
Dear friends and colleagues,
My heart goes out to all the faculty members who are transitioning quickly to online or remote delivery in light of the unprecedented situation we now find ourselves in. And to those who, like at my institution, don’t know how long they’ll be online, adding further uncertainty and stress. College faculty are intelligent and resourceful people. I know for a fact we will all figure this out and help our students complete this term.
However, I’m aware that many people feel out of their depth, with little to no time to prepare for a change of modality. To support both faculty and student success this spring, I’ve provided a few of my favorite resources to help us all think creatively about helping students meaningfully achieve learning outcomes, supporting their mental and emotional wellbeing, and maintaining our own personal and professional wellbeing, with sanity and grace, as well.
I’ve often found that a conversation is the best way to help faculty and support heroes like Instructional Designers and Technologists think through their approach. That’s why I’m offering free 30-minute Q&A sessions via Zoom for a limited time.
I’m happy to meet with groups of faculty and Teaching and Learning staff in order to talk through your questions and concerns. Submit your requests using my contact form. Please identify three or four possible days and times and we’ll see what we can arrange.
My best wishes for your wellbeing and success.
Selected resources for moving in-person instruction to remote or online delivery
- Going Online in a Hurry: What to Do and Where to Start, an advice guide by Michelle Miller from The Chronicle for those who want practical guidance on what to do first
- Free Online Teaching Toolkit from the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE)
- PhET: free online physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and math simulations
- MERLOT.org: curated online learning and support materials, searchable by discipline
- APA Online Psychology Laboratory
- Resources for Moving Dance-Based Pedagogy Online, by the Dance Studies Association
- Teaching Theatre Online: A Shift in Pedagogy Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak
- How to Be a Better Online Teacher, my advice guide from the Chronicle for those who want to get a general sense of effective online instruction
- Online Teaching With the Most Basic of Tools – Email, advice from Tannis Morgan on aiming for the lowest common denominator