Teaching in Times of Disruption

Online Resources

Inclusive Approaches to Support Student Assignments During Times of Disruption
For reasons that include weather, travel, or illness, there are times when course plans need to be adjusted. This newsletter offers creative approaches to making these adjustments, through both lower and higher tech means.

Asynchronous Strategies for Inclusive Teaching
For equity and accessibility, Brown instructors were asked to prioritize asynchronous instruction in Spring 2020. The hallmark of asynchronous learning activities is that students do not participate at the same time. This resource provides strategies for asynchronous course design and examples of concrete activities and assignments.

Teaching and Learning Guides
These Digital Learning and Design resources suggest ways to use digital tools like Google, Panopto, Zoom, and Canvas to maintain key teaching and learning functions.

Inclusive Teaching Through Active Learning
This March 2018 Sheridan newsletter has been updated to reflect ways to engage in active learning in online and hybrid environments.

Effective Brown Faculty Strategies for Online/Hybrid Teaching: Spring 2020
Sheridan Center and Digital Learning & Design staff report on the May 2020 faculty survey, linking key themes to research and highlighting faculty examples for online/hybrid teaching.

Effective Brown Faculty Strategies for Online/Hybrid Teaching: Fall 2020 Update
Sheridan Center and Digital Learning & Design staff report on the December 2020 faculty survey, linking key themes to research and highlighting examples from over 30 instructors for online/hybrid teaching.

Undergraduate Research & Experiential Opportunities
The purpose of this document is to support academic programs, faculty mentors, and students developing research and experiential opportunities for undergraduates in AY 20-21.

Writing to Learn in Times of Change
Writing-to-Learn activities are often short, low-stakes writing assignments which can be designed as in-class activities or as take-home/at-home assignments. This newsletter offers ideas ideas for implementing WTL in synchronous and asynchronous contexts.


Asynchronous Workshops

Asynchronous Strategies for Teaching Through Disruption
This recorded webinar, led by Sheridan Senior Associate Director Eric Kaldor, covers simple strategies to design asynchronous discussions and other learning activities into your remote teaching plans. We review some simple principles to guide planning and discuss several concrete practices. This recording is viewable at any time upon request.

Creating a Teaching Portfolio
This online, self-paced Canvas workshop from the Sheridan Center guides participants through the process of writing a teaching statement and creating a teaching portfolio. This workshop culminates with the opportunity for graduate students and postdocs to receive peer feedback on a draft teaching portfolio. For more information and to register, see the Sheridan website.

For synchronous workshops and communities facilitated via Zoom, please see our events page or latest newsletter.