Student and Faculty Perspectives on the Spring 2020 Pivot to Remote Learning
June 17, 12:00 am-1:30 pm
Stefanie Chambers, Professor of Political Science
In this workshop, we discuss the results of the spring 2020 COVID 19 faculty and student online teaching surveys. Special attention will be devoted to pedagogical practices favored by students and faculty, and those that presented specific challenges. As we prepare for the fall semester, these survey results can help faculty generate ideas about how to structure fall courses based on assessments of students and faculty with firsthand experience with online learning. Given the diversity in classroom structures in the fall, this workshop will be particularly valuable for those who wish to consider survey results as they develop their courses.
Remote, Blended, or In the Classroom: Good Teaching is Good Teaching
June 25, 10-11:30 am
Anne Law, Professor of Psychology, Rider University
Good teaching is the alchemy of passion and technique that can provide opportunities for intellectual transformations. As teachers, we are responsible to create these opportunities, while learners must attend, engage, and effectively process their experiences. Quite naturally our focus is on the first part of this equation, however, what we as teachers do, and how we do it, will greatly impact the attention, engagement, and processing of our learners.
The Spring of 2020 has come to be known as the great experiment. Using emergency, remote instruction we attempted to replicate our familiar teaching/learning routines. The semester ended with teachers and learners exhausted by and with many questions about the experiment. We don’t want to repeat it, and yet we must acknowledge the uncertainty of what we face in the Fall of 2020. Our response to this uncertainty must rely on the liberal arts tradition that strives for intellectual growth in spite of challenges and provides students with opportunities for authentic learning even as they adapt to change.
In this workshop, I will address three questions. How can we harness and apply our intellectual passions to teach in alternate formats? How can the principles of learning help us better direct students’ attention, engagement, and cognitive processes? What can we expect from technology?