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Remote Learning – Communicating with Students

Remote Learning – Communicating with Students

Encourage students to….

  • Take care of their health.
  • Continue to maintain open communication with you.
  • Reach out for help when they need it.
  • Remain engaged in the course
    • Important: If you have students who have been disengaged since resuming classes remotely (not submitting online work, not logging into the course site, etc.) you should attempt to reach out directly to them immediately to engage them. If they are unresponsive, consider notifying your department.
  • Update you on their progress and communicate the need for support and/or flexibility with course deadlines.
  • Communicate with Disability Resources Services as appropriate.
  • Remember that success in the course is still possible.

Ask your students…

  • How they are doing, and indicate your concern for their health, both physical and mental.
  • What else you can do to support their learning during this time. As an instructor, you should keep in mind that this situation may exacerbate pre-existing inequalities and practice compassionate and equitable leadership.
  • Whether or not they have the technology, time, and space necessary to complete assessments as (re)designed? (For example, if students need to record their presentations, do they have access to a webcam?)
  • Are they spending a comparable and manageable amount of time on course work? Students can feel like written “participation” in an online discussion board takes more time and effort than spoken contributions in a face-to-face format. You might discuss how, in remote instruction, both “in-class” time and “homework” time are spent online, while at the same time adjusting/adapting workload to address the significant, unexpected pressures students are facing.
  • Are they aware of the University’s policy allowing them to convert any of their courses during the Spring term from a letter grade basis to a satisfactory (S) or no credit (NC) basis. All courses awarded S grades will count toward graduation/degree requirements and satisfy future course prerequisites, while courses awarded NC grades will not negatively impact a student’s GPA.

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