Fall semester is upon us and like many folks in higher education, the Teaching Innovation Center (TIC) is preparing to return to the classroom. Uncertainty follows us as we transition into the classroom and many are feeling the anxiety of how to return to normal. In the last few weeks, I have felt the pressure of everyone trying to go back to the way things were, and what we really ought to focus on is reimagining education to what it could be. In reimagining education, students and educators are reflecting on what worked during remote learning and what could be improved in a (sort of) post-pandemic world. As you find yourself bracing for the fall semester, here are three tips that you might not think of:
1. Edit your syllabus language.
- Staying up to date with ASU Policies from the Provost office.
- Emailing or visiting the TIC office for Syllabus Templates with updated policies and syllabi statements
- Comparing your syllabus to inclusive syllabi practices by the RISE Center and Dr. Sara Brownell's team. Their research describes how an inclusive syllabus creates a positive climate and is the start of a relationship between instructors and students, and respect for identities.
2. Record live lectures.
3. Have a backup plan.
- For ASU folk, continue to check out ASU's COVID policy updates and ASU's Provost website for Learning Expectations this Fall. This website has updated information for faculty on syllabi language, face masks, and more.
- Consider using technology that can easily be integrated in-person or remote for synchronous courses. Technology like iClickers or Yellowdig is great because they can be used in-person and remotely. iClickers and Yellowdig also allow for collaboration, peer learning, and checking for understanding, all of which are good practices in and out of the classroom.
- Revisit practices from the remote learning era. Check out our previous blog posts with tips from teaching in the trenches at the start of the pandemic.
- Practice radical acceptance knowing that things may change and that's okay. Having a backup plan will help both you and your students adjust.