Curricular Planning

Academic Continuity Teams

At the beginning of the year, we created four academic continuity teams (one for each of the Schools and the Department of History of Art and Architecture), which include the school and department leaders and lead staff. These teams have been closely with the Interim Dean and the College staff to provide information, understand course needs, and develop discipline-specific solutions. Some course content will translate more easily to digital mediation than others and we are collaborating to discover best practices.

Independent Study and Mentoring

For our advanced students, independent study and mentoring are critical. Independent study and mentoring can be conducted in person, if social distancing guidelines are followed, but there may be good remote options for that work as well.

Visit Information Services’ Get Ready to Go Remote webpage to learn about tools and resources for remote communication.

Resources to Transition to Remote Teaching

Note: These resources were provided by Sean Sharp, IT Manager, College of Design,

Find many available tools for faculty and GEs to use in order to teach:

As you become familiar with the tools, the need to consider your pedagogical approach to teaching with these tools will become more critical. Of course it will depend on the type of course you will be teaching too, but you’re encouraged to take advantage of the resources that are available for this on campus, including UO Online and the Teaching Engagement Program (TEP).

TEP’s site has some very worthwhile information, including a sample UO Remote Starter Syllabus for remote instruction. This sample includes course policies, guidance for communication with students, academic integrity for remote learning, and technical requirements for your course. It is available to download and edit to fit your needs.

If you use Canvas and its many tools, take a look at the Instructor Online Workshop set up by UO Online. It covers communication, instructional delivery methods, supporting active learning, and assessments.

If you weren’t able to attend the Zoom workshop that was given on March 20, 2020, take a look. Or you can view the non-compressed version (the quality is a little better).

Here’s a good video showing how to set up remote or virtual office hours via Zoom and linked into a Canvas course site.

If you are interested in setting up appointments within the calendar in Canvas that your students can select and reserve a time to virtually meet with you, use this guide.