Teaching in Times of Disruption

Online Resources

Efficient Grading: Strategies and Tools
This guide offers evidence-based approaches and technology tools for providing efficient and effective student feedback.

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
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 (Sheridan Center) 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
The research is compelling that students learn more in classes that integrate active learning. This Sheridan newsletter offers a variety of opportunities for incorporating active learning into online and remote-accessible environments.

Undergraduate Research & Experiential Opportunities
The purpose of this document is to support academic programs, faculty mentors, and students in maintaining academic continuity around research and experiential opportunities for students.

Writing to Learn in Times of Change
Writing-to-Learn (WTL) 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.


The Sheridan Center offers a variety of free consulting services for members of the Brown teaching community. Approaches include 1:1 meetings, course observations, and early student feedback. To request a confidential consultation, please email [email protected].


For our synchronous programs, please see our events page or latest newsletter. The Sheridan Center makes available a number of recorded presentations and workshops available upon request to the Brown community, on topics such as asynchronous teaching and alternative grading strategies.  To view these programs, please complete this brief request form


Teaching During COVID

These Sheridan Center reports document innovations that Brown faculty made in the Spring and Fall 2020 terms, as well as student responses to these shifts.

Effective Brown Faculty Strategies for Online/Hybrid Teaching: Spring 2020
The Sheridan Center reports on a May 2020 Brown faculty survey, linking key themes to research and highlighting faculty examples for online and remote-accessible teaching.

Effective Brown Faculty Strategies for Online/Hybrid Teaching: Fall 2020 Update
The Sheridan Center reports on a December 2020 Brown faculty survey, linking key themes to research and highlighting examples from over 30 instructors for online and remote-accessible teaching.

Flexibility & Choice: Student Suggestions for Teaching Approaches to Retain from AY20-21
This newsletter reports on four Brown student surveys, administered by the Office of Institutional Research at the end of the 2020-21 academic year. What teaching strategies did students find most helpful in their online or remote courses?