Update on Resources to Prepare for Fall Teaching

Dear Colleagues,

This is an update on resources to help you prepare for fall term teaching.

Summary List

  • June & July – Two sessions of a 3-week course on online and hybrid teaching, led by John Zinn from SPCS. If you have any questions, please email John Zinn.
  • June – Two sessions of a 3-day course on effective online and blended teaching. (Note: Both sessions have now ended. If you were unable to attend the course but would like to gain access to those materials, we just need to add you. Please email us for access.)
  • July 13-30 – A 3-week course on course redesign for responsive and flexible teaching. This will run once without a registration cap. After July 30, the course will be available for self-paced learning without the synchronous sessions.
  • June & July – Virtual workshops offered collaboratively by ACS institutions on a variety of topics. The Faculty Hub is involved in three of these and UR Faculty are also involved in a working group on Engaging (Outside) Communities in the Remote Classroom. A list is provided below and registration can be found here.
  • By August 1– ACS working groups will provide additional resources for faculty (see below for topics).
  • Ongoing– The Faculty Hub’s Slack workspace is open for the exchange of ideas, problems, and their solutions, and teaching resources. We currently have 177 participants from faculty and instructional/support staff. If you want to join this workspace, please click here.

ACS Summer Workshops and Working Groups

As a member of the ACS Summer Virtual Workshop Taskforce, I am pleased to announce that 12 teaching workshops and 11 pedagogy working groups have been formed (one additional working group is being finalized). Our Taskforce decided to crowd-source some of the many needs we identified in ACS schools. We hope that ACS faculty will find these useful with an added benefit of establishing connections with colleagues at other institutions with similar interests and needs. Collaboration is one way to add to our success in preparation for the fall term.

Workshops are single, synchronous sessions in Zoom (generally 90 minutes) facilitated by faculty and instructional staff from more than one ACS school.

  • This week, we expect the ACS workshop descriptions and on-line registration to become available on the ACS website.
  • Please register through ACS and attend as many of these as you wish.
  • Please consider sharing your post-workshop ideas and questions with your University of Richmond colleagues on the Faculty Hub’s Slack workspace for Remote Teaching or within your departmental discussions about fall term teaching plans.
  • We anticipate that the workshops will be recorded and made available to those who could not attend the live session. A mechanism for sharing the materials is under discussion.

Working groups include faculty and instructional staff from more than one ACS school. Each group is working collaboratively in June and July to produce materials that will be shared with instructors at ACS schools.

  • Materials produced by the working groups are expected to be shared by August 1.
  • A mechanism for the sharing of materials is under discussion.

If you have any questions or need assistance in selecting the University of Richmond courses or ACS workshops that would be of greatest help to you, please email the Faculty Hub.

Thank you and best wishes,

Linda Boland

Director, Faculty Hub


List of ACS Teaching Workshops

  • June workshops

Wednesday, June 24, 1 – 2:30 p.m. EDT

Purposeful Planning for the Distinctive Learning Experiences of Small, Residential Liberal Arts Colleges
Nancy Chick, Kent Andersen, Betsy Sandlin, Stephanie Rolph, & Linda Boland

Monday, June 29, 10 – 11:30 a.m. EDT

Making Learner-Centered and Inclusive Pedagogical Choices for an Unpredictable Fall Term
Kent Andersen, Barbara Lom, Kerry Paumi, & Betsy Sandlin

  • July workshops – dates and times should be available this week

Strategies for Teaching and Learning Online and Hybrid Environments Backed by Cognitive Science Research
Jessica Alexander & Jennifer Queen

Designing Student-Centered Class Activities for Blended Synchronous Equation-Based Courses
Andrew Bell & Carol Ann Downes

Near, Far, Wherever You Are: Models for Building Community in the “New” First-Year Experience 
Peter Gess, Michael Hughes, Cathy Jellenki, & Katherine Troyer

Ready When You Are: Flexible Delivery and Excellent Pedagogy in Blended Delivery, Active Learning Classes
Ryan Brazell, Kylie Korsnack, Kimberly McArthur, & Julie Sievers

Technologies, Pedagogies, and Best Practices for Teaching Chinese Online: A Workshop for ACS Chinese Language and Content Course Instructors
Zhengbin Lu, Hongchu Fu, Carl Robertson, & Li Wei

Engaging Second Language Students through Interactive and Student Presentations, Close Readings/Viewings, and Interactions with Native Peers in the Online Classroom
Susanna Weygandt, Mark Preslar, Genny Ballard, & Florin Beschea

STE(ngage)M: Adapting the Case Study Method through Universal Design for Learning
Ellen Barnett, Jonathan King, Aditi Pai, & Katie Troyer

Remote Summative Assessment In Equation-based Courses:  If They Can Look Up the Answer, How Do We Know They Learned It?
Megan Leonard, Prayat Poudel, & Todd Tinsley

List of ACS Working Groups

  • Working group reports and resources/materials will be available by August 1. 

Engaging (Outside) Communities in the Remote Classroom
Kimberly Kasper, Joy Brooke Fairfield, Shaolu Yu, Tom Bremer, Laura Browder, Sharon Green, Amy Hammond, Patricia Herrera, Yinishi Lerman-Tan, Andrew Patrick, & Kaelyn Wiles

Inclusive Pedagogies for Remote and Blended First-year Seminar Courses
Erika Berroth, Julie Sievers, Sasha Pfau, John Krebs, & Maureen McClung

Socially Distanced but High Impact: Exploring Small Group Discussions & Other Highly Interactive Activities in Socially Distanced F2F Environments During a Time of Pandemics
Rachel Newcomb, Laurian Bowles, Amy McClure, Amy Jasperson, Shana Minkin, Matthew Irvin, & Corinna Kahnke

Vulnerable People(s) and COVID-19
Margaret McLaren, Shan-Estelle Brown, Chelsea Ebin, Dawn Roe, Nolan Kline, & Sarah Parsloe

Mathematics and Data Science Resources to Support Societally Relevant Teaching in the Time of COVID-19
Joanna Wares, Zeynep Teymuroglu, Marcella Torres, Cabral Balreira, Casey Hawthorne, & Grace Stadnyk

Choral, Instrumental, and Vocal Pedagogy
Johann Van Niekerk, Shane Lynch, Lester Siegel, Cory Wikan, Kerry Ginger, Tiffany Lu, John Sinclair, Diane Persellin, & Johathan Trotter

Relationship-driven Peer Tutoring in the Age of Covid-19: How Faculty and Peer Tutors Can Work Together to Bridge Hierarchical Gaps between Faculty and Students and Facilitate Student Engagement
Jennifer Rowe, Jessica Reyes, Luke Tunstall, Jennifer Bartlett, Shireen Campbell, Paul Hanstedt, Felipe Pruneda-Senties, & Jean Schwab

Adapting Pandemic Pedagogies in the Performing and Collaborative Arts
Jennifer Goff, Peter Friedrich, John Marshall, Jennifer Matthews, Laura Perkins, Jason Rosenberg, & Robert Seebacher

Online Undergraduate Cell Biology Lab Working Group
Triscia Hendrickson, Mark Lee, Pamela Hanson, Elise Kikis, Jonathan King, Centdrika Hurt, Rebecca Murphy, & Laura MacDonald

Impactful and Effective Preparation of Teacher Candidates during COVID-19: Instruction, Assessment, and Virtual Placements
Nicole Taylor, Khalilah Ali, Richard Benson, Valeisha Ellis, Andrea Lewis, Chatee O. Richardson, Michael Kamen, & Alicia Moore

Curating Connection: The Modified Tutorial Model and Other Opportunities for Small-Group Mentorship
Erin Hoover, Hope Coulter, Mark Hopwood, & Stephanie Batkie