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TEACH Symposium returning soon

The TEACH Symposium will pop up again November 30 to December 4, 2020. 

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Course Planning

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What does it look like to design an online class?

When we think about teaching, we might think first of walking into a classroom and talking about some content relevant to our expertise. Yet when we no longer have that classroom to walk into, our conception of what a teaching experience looks like might change.

Importantly, moving online challenges us to think about when to engage with students in real time, when to give students time to review content on their own, and when we engage in processes of exchanging feedback.

In this section, we offer models for different components of course design: from understanding the models for your online class to considering what kinds of class activities and goals will be appropriate for the facilitation of your course.

  • Crafting Your Syllabus and Online Class Policies: The syllabus is an important document for setting clear expectations with your students and communicating important class policies. This page offers some advice on how you can frame, discuss, and engage with your students about what they can expect from your online class.
  • Crash Course in Accessibility: Understand what it takes to ensure that your online course materials are accessible for all of your students, regardless of where and how they're engaging with your class.
  • Canvas Templates: Trying to design a class in Canvas that will be clear and easy for your students to understand even while fully online? This page includes links to templates created by teaching and learning experts to help you build an online home space for the first time.