As we prepare for more online classes and another unprecedented semester this fall, the following town hall sessions will provide resources to help instructors and students succeed.
REDUCING STRESS AND BUILDING CONNECTION
Tuesday, July 28, 3–4 p.m.
Instructors face challenges in both transitioning to new ways of teaching and finding ways to connect with their students. Similarly, students find difficulties in accessing technology, their instructors and each other. The first session will present a variety of strategies for establishing and maintaining a rapport with students so that mutual stress decreases and the learning experience is enhanced for all.
CREATING INCLUSIVE LEARNING SPACES, WHEREVER AND HOWEVER THEY OCCUR
Tuesday, August 4, 3–4 p.m.
COVID-19 has presented new challenges for many students while amplifying existing challenges for vulnerable populations. Additionally, as the world takes a stand on racial injustice and pushes to elevate diverse voices, there comes an opportunity to create learning environments that are more inclusive and welcoming and that honor the diverse needs and preferences of students. This session will illuminate ways to thoughtfully address diversity in the classroom while also building awareness about the particular needs of students during the time of COVID-19.
INTEGRATING RESOURCES AND PATHWAYS FOR SUPPORT
Tuesday, August 11, 3–4 p.m.
Students are struggling with a number of issues, including food insecurity, access to technology and internet connection, transitions to virtual learning, loss of income, uncertainty about housing and mental health challenges. Students in these circumstances will certainly struggle in unique ways in their courses as they encounter gaps in their basic needs. This session will showcase resources and pathways for support that when integrated into courses can make a powerful difference for students.