Preparing Your Fall 2020 Course – Events and Resources for Faculty

Welcome to this guide for preparing your Fall 2020 course. Many resources are now available to assist you in preparing your class, especially if you will be teaching in new or unfamiliar modalities in the fall semester. All are designed to help you create an effective learning experience for your students.

Start by following these two important steps:

  • First, for an overview of the course design and development process, visit Fall 2020 Keep Teaching and log in with your University credentials. The Keep Teaching resource, together with the new Blackboard Template that is now available for every course, offer step by step guidance in building your Blackboard presence.
  • Second, after reviewing the Blackboard resource, locate the link below for the modality of your course(s).  There you will find more specific resources for teaching in that mode, including workshops and webinars offered by ITLAL, Online Teaching and Learning, and ITS.

Even if you are teaching in person, please review the important guidance on topics like teaching while social distancing and preparing for a mid-semester change, if warranted.

Resources for Preparing a Fully Remote Synchronous Course

(Fully Remote Synchronous: Class interaction with the instructor and peers occurs in real time via Zoom during the scheduled class meeting times.) 

Resources for Preparing a Fully Remote Asynchronous Course

(Fully Remote Asynchronous: Class interaction with the instructor and peers occurs via Blackboard without real-time interaction.) 

Resources for Preparing a Hybrid-Synchronous Simulcast Course

(Hybrid – Synchronous Simulcast: a low-density in-person class with some students attending remotely via Zoom with some students attending in person).

Resources for Preparing a Hybrid-Blended/Reduced Classroom Meetings Course

(Hybrid – Blended/Reduced Classroom Meetings: a lower frequency in-person class where online course activity replaces a portion of required face-to-face class sessions and class “seat-time” is reduced commensurately.)

Resources for Preparing a Hybrid-Alternating Attendance Course

(Hybrid – Alternating Attendance: Students in the class are divided into two or more groups. Lectures are presented online asynchronously and each group of students meets with the instructor in the classroom on alternating sessions for interactive activities.)

Resources for Preparing an In-Person Course

(In Person: All students meet in the classroom with the instructor for all class meetings.)