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Teaching and the Election

By Laurel Bastian and Jason Schreiner Regardless of political ideology, many students, faculty, and staff in the UO community are experiencing increased levels of stress as we approach the 2020 election. Announcing a new US Crisis Monitor  project, Princeton’s Bridging Divides Initiative and the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) write, “Amid a rising tide of political polarization, hate crimes, and widespread social mobilization, the United States is at heightened risk of violence and instability going into the 2020 election. This risk is further exacerbated by an economic contraction triggered by the global COVID-19 pandemic, which may now be poised for a second wave.” Just as instructors feel the impact of this...

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Teaching and the Election

Teaching and the Election

By Laurel Bastian and Jason Schreiner Regardless of political ideology, many students, faculty, and staff in the UO community are experiencing increased levels of stress as we approach the 2020 election. Announcing a new US Crisis Monitor  project, Princeton’s Bridging Divides Initiative and the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) write, “Amid a rising tide of political polarization, hate crimes, and widespread social mobilization, the United States is at heightened risk of violence and instability going into the 2020 election. This risk is further exacerbated by an economic contraction triggered by the global COVID-19 pandemic, which may now be poised for a second...

School-/College-/Division-Wide Remote Teaching Overview Sessions

School-/College-/Division-Wide Remote Teaching Overview Sessions

Click here to access the video of your session (Duck ID login required) These sessions provided a more context-customized version of the general orientation session, offering faculty a chance to share ideas with colleagues while providing foundational information about Academic Council guidance; tips on how to get more from Zoom and Canvas; best practices to engage and assess students remotely; ways to build community in classes; and how to identify and support students in crisis.

Recent UO Survey on Academic Obstacles for Remote Learning

Recent UO Survey on Academic Obstacles for Remote Learning

In June, the University of Oregon administered a SERU Survey focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on the student experience. Of surveyed undergraduates, we received 3,859 responses (22.8%). The survey highlights the differential impact of COVID-19 on students' experiences and their ability to adapt to remote instruction. Some students are adapting well while others are facing obstacles that make their learning more difficult.   Students were asked to identify specific academic obstacles to their successful transition to remote learning and almost all (96.7%) of the surveyed students reported facing at least one academic obstacle. Here we highlight the most frequent responses, along with...

Zoom-for-Teaching Basics: Pre-Assigned Breakouts, Polls, Attendance, and More

Zoom-for-Teaching Basics: Pre-Assigned Breakouts, Polls, Attendance, and More

By now many of us have participated in Zoom meetings and experienced a range of Zoom features, such as breakout rooms, polls, annotation, etc. But how do we set these up in our courses? There are many excellent "how to" articles and support resources for Zoom. Try searching at Zoom support or perhaps, better yet, visit UO Information Services helpful Zoom Portal or UO Online's detailed Zoom Module. The latter two are especially helpful for understanding how Zoom interfaces with Canvas and Panopto. Generally speaking, you should be able to find support for any Zoom issue at these sources. Here we focus in on a few Zoom-for-teaching basics that TEP has been fielding questions about: we...

Peer Review Resource 2020-2021

Peer Review Resource 2020-2021

Are you doing a peer review for a colleague this fall and looking for a streamlined template aligned to UO's professional, inclusive, engaged, and research-informed standards? This optional resource gives instructions across face-to-face, online, and remote modalities, and attempts to capture the COVID teaching context. We welcome further discussions about what you need! Peer Review Template 2020-21

Coordinating Teaching Teams

Coordinating Teaching Teams

Faculty and graduate student teachers who collaborate across lecture and linked discussion sections and labs face distinct challenges--and also enjoy special opportunities to collaborate and deepen student learning. Especially in fall 2020, when lectures and sections/labs may be taught across modalities (including asynchronous online, remote, and face to face for a single course) coordination is crucial. The Setting Expectations for Teaching Teams sheet of goals and reflective questions offered here may help your group come to a more explicit and shared understanding of how they'll work together. TEP will host a Coordinating Teaching Teams Workshop...