Fall 2020 Instructional Support

Hopefully you have heard from your departments whether your course(s) will be primarily:

  • Online (synchronous/asynchronous)
  • Face-to-face
  • Blended (both face-to-face and online) 

All of those modalities create unique issues when planning for your course(s).  Our role is to provide the best possible support for your instruction, regardless of modality.  We also know that everyone will be teaching online for the last nine days of the semester, plus finals. 

The following opportunities are available to support instructional needs of School of Education instructors for Fall 2020. 

Support specific to individuals:

  • SoE Teaching Innovation Grants for Fall Course Development
    • Applications due by 7/15  at 5pm CST.  This grant is designed to compensate SoE faculty and instructional staff who need additional time during the summer to develop or convert courses to high quality online or hybrid course designs that foster student engagement and student learning.
  • Instructional Design Consultations (either with your department or one-on-one)
    • New staff to help support you:  Bill Weber (MERIT), Julie Collins (Campus)
    • Navigating all of the support options (where do you start?)
    • Designing blended & hybrid courses effectively
    • Designing a face-to-face course, with the last nine days of the semester, plus finals
    • Recording content (how-to)
  • SoE Canvas Sandbox for Online Engagement Strategies (self-directed)
    • A place for instructors to test/sample different engagement strategies, link sends you to canvas with an “Enroll in Course” button
  • TechTAs 
    • Student hourly support for your synchronous online courses
  • TA Training for Remote Teaching (For TAs)
    • The School of Education & campus  is offering a five-day online asynchronous training for Teaching Assistants focused on translating their TA role to a remote environment. We encourage ALL returning TAs to enroll, too. We expect every TA will need to use some remote instruction skills this fall. 

Support for Materials:

Self-Paced Support for Individuals: 

  • Instruction Toolkit (in Canvas and self-directed) Readiness criteria/Student engagement/Inclusivity & accessibility/Assessment/Canvas help/Video resources/Professional development/Specialty topics
  • Remote Teaching ToolKit  (self-directed via L&S and a great place to start)  

Facilitated Support for Multiple People:

  • The Discussion Project Virtual
    • The Discussion Project Virtual is an online training for designing and implementing equitable, inclusive, and engaging online (rather than in-person) discussion.
  • TeachOnline (July  27- Aug. 26; register by July 13) 
    • This long-standing, comprehensive, and free faculty learning community is intended for instructors who are new to — or want to explore and apply more in-depth best practices — designing (or re-designing) and teaching online, credit courses.
  • Preparing to Teach Online Bootcamps (July 7-13 / July 21-27 / Aug. 11-17 / Aug. 25-31)
  • Active Teaching Labs (July & August)
  • Teaching Fundamentals for Beginners (Half-day workshop during the week of Aug. 24)
  • Teaching face-to-face in a socially distanced environment (Workshops to be offered after Aug. 17)