Guidelines Governing Remote Teaching and Learning in the Event of Campus Disruption

Guidelines Governing Remote Teaching and Learning in the Event of Campus Disruption

  1. The Ad Hoc Academic Continuity Planning Group has considered the impact on instructors and students resulting from the disruption caused by COVID-19. With a focus on issues critical to the continued academic progress of our students and the success of our instructors, the group is especially concerned about the challenges that instructors and students might face in remote teaching and learning environments.
  2. Given the foregoing, the Ad Hoc Academic Continuity Planning Group recommends the following to address the challenges that instructors and students may face in the remote teaching and learning environments that are necessitated by the current campus disruption:
    1. All courses carrying university credit require instructors/student interaction which is appropriate to the discipline and the course. The minimal expectation of instructors/student interaction should be analogous to the amount of instructors/student interaction that takes place during the course when it is delivered in a synchronous environment (i.e., “face-to-face”).
    2. Instructors may implement one or more active instructor/student interactive methods in a remote platform, including but not limited to:

i. synchronous or asynchronous lectures and/or discussion;

ii.  student communications via email, open forums or discussion boards;

iii. sessions for synchronous or asynchronous demonstrations;

iv. collaborative team/group work;

v. simulations; and/or

vi. Q&A sessions.

c. Instructors should select and implement remote platforms which are appropriate to the discipline and the activity for these interactions, including but are not limited to:

i. chat rooms,

ii. email,

iii. open forum and discussion boards,

iv. audio and video conferencing applications,

v. web conferencing, and/or

vi. other synchronous or asynchronous collaboration tools

 

3. Concomitant with the challenges to the teaching and learning environments referenced above, the Ad Hoc Academic Continuity Planning Group has also considered the impact on the evaluation of instructors in these remote learning environments and recommends that the evaluation of instructors consider the unique challenges presented by these sudden changes in our course offerings. The group also recommends a holistic approach to the evaluation of instructors performance in these temporary remote teaching and learning environments which both acknowledges the challenges and the successes of the participants.