Teaching in the fall semester, you don’t have to be reminded, will present more complications than in any previous semester. Faculty are required to prepare for all eventualities, as the course of the pandemic remains uncertain: That includes face-to-face, online (synchronous and asynchronous), hybrid, and “hy-flex.” The assumption is that teaching will occur in and across all modes, with some teaching from classrooms and others remotely. Our purpose here is to offer as much help as we can, without raising your anxiety level about the 47 articles you haven’t yet managed to get to.
We plan to do this in a number of ways: (1) By dividing our materials, as possible, into categories that are specific and searchable, so that you can easily find just what you’re looking for; (2) by providing some “go-to” articles on major topics, content or resources that we think will give you a good overview of a theme if you only have time to read 1-3 articles; and (3) access to short videos (2-5 minutes) which colleagues have developed on specific themes that can help you get started. Our website will now be divided into three main categories, as will be evident on the home page: “Into the Fall Classroom,” which will offer resources and advice on teaching across modes, including general advice and technical/technological support; “Inclusive Pedagogy,” applying universal design for learning to the present moment, focusing on issues of access and responding to the different learning circumstances and needs of individual students; and “Anti-Racist Pedagogy,” offering resources and approaches for developing anti-racist pedagogies across the curriculum, and advice on making our classrooms truly diverse, inclusive, equitable, and welcoming.
As the semester begins, we also plan to offer “virtual office hours,” Zoom sessions where you can chat with others, share ideas, suggestions, and, yes, just let off a little steam.