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The UCSB KeepTeaching site is a central hub to support teaching and learning through disruptions to on-campus instruction. Instructors can draw on the teaching pedagogies and technologies that they learned during remote instruction to enhance teaching in any format: face-to-face, online, blended, flipped or hybrid.

The resources on this site are designed to support you; if you can’t find what you’re looking for, email us your question, post to the Keep Teaching Nectir channel, or schedule a teaching consultation. All official campus-level policies for instruction can be found on:

Get a jump on Fall course planning!

Come to the pre-Fall teaching and educational technology workshops for faculty and TAs.

Fall 2022 Announcements

The Executive Vice Chancellor, David Marshall, sent a memo to all faculty indicating the Fall quarter instruction will be on campus, and outlined guidelines for hybrid instruction or remote instruction for extenuating circumstances. Instructional consultants from Instructional Development, GauchoSpace/LSIT, and CITRAL are available to address questions and provide support.

DESIGNING COURSES FOR RESILIENCE

In case of a disruption that requires a shift to remote learning, we encourage instructors and TAs to design their courses to be resilient. Designing a resilient course will likely involve blending effective in-person, online, and asynchronous teaching strategies to create multiple ways for students to engage with the course material, each other and you.

1. Checklist to Prepare for Campus Disruptions

Prepare in advance, whether there is a short disruption to on-campus learning due to a power outage, poor air quality, etc., or a longer disruption like a public health emergency. Use this checklist to help ensure that your course is set up to support your students’ learning.

  • Sign up for the UCSB Alert system to receive messages with important updates.
  • Add a paragraph to your syllabus that tells students how they should expect to communicate with you, TAs, and other students about the course should there be a disruption.
  • Establish preferred ways to communicate with the members of your teaching team.
  • Create a GauchoSpace site for your class with all of the pertinent information that will allow students to navigate the course in the event of a shift between course formats (remote, in-person, hybrid).
  • Download, install, and sign into Zoom and Panopto on your home computer.
  • Create a permanent Zoom meeting link for your course, and post it on your GauchoSpace site (it can be hidden until needed and/or used for office hours).
  • Add the GauchoCast block to your GauchoSpace site to provide students access to recorded videos.
  • Use the KeepTeaching Tech Tutorials page to familiarize yourself with GauchoSpace, GauchoCast, Panopto, Zoom, and other technologies that can support flexible learning.
  • Familiarize yourself with your General Assignment classroom attributes and campus emergency procedures.
  • Identify an off-campus location to stream or record that has good internet and is free of visual and audio distractions.
2. Design for Access
  • Make sure students can find everything they need on your course GauchoSpace page (announcements, learning outcomes, assignment instructions, due dates, rubrics, Zoom links, etc.) - GauchoSpace help can assist you!
  • Record a screencast of your lecture and your voice using Panopto, available for free to all humans at UCSB and on all general assignment classroom computers.
  • Create (and communicate) a plan for letting students know how to access course materials and meetings remotely in case of campus emergencies.
  • Create a course roadmap and weekly pattern to show connections between activities, assessments and course goals. 
  • Use rubrics for grading complex assignments and share them with students from the outset.
  • Incorporate exit tickets or a mid-quarter survey to learn about what’s resonating with students and adjust your teaching accordingly.
3. Ensure Communication and Community

When you and/or TAs communicate with students...

...and build community among students. Consider some of the following:

4. Set TAs Up for Success

The more TAs are oriented to the objectives and technologies associated with your course, the more they can be effective liaisons between your ideas and students’ learning.

  • TAs need preparation for the technical aspects of teaching; in particular, they would like training before the start of the quarter on instructional technologies  (e.g. to grade papers electronically using GradeScope, to help with GauchoSpace, to track attendance, to run section or lab on Zoom).
  • Communicate frequently with TAs: make an agenda for your weekly meeting with TAs and invite them to add their topics, email the group to check in weekly.
  • Discourage your TAs from conducting “dual-mode instruction” with some students in-person and some online. This modality is very difficult, logistically, and can result in a worse experience for both in-person and online students. 
  • Think about how the TA role might shift in the event of a campus disruption, and how you can help them prepare for their (new) responsibilities.
5. Design for Learning

People learn; we can’t do the learning for them. For this reason, students appreciate opportunities to actively engage in learning.

6. Flexibility is Key
  • Design for flexible engagement: use asynchronous activities for students to interact with each other and the course material outside of the classroom.
  • Create policies for flexible deadlines (where possible) in anticipation that some students will have short and longer-term excused medical absences.
  • Create multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate and get feedback on their learning in class and in summative assessments (think: active learning and authentic, meaningful assessments).

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