Create a Meaningful Online Experience

At the heart of a residential education is the principle that successful learning depends on vibrant intellectual community and inclusion, equity, and access. The principle remains when our students are learning remotely, but creating a meaningful online experience for them, particularly during a global pandemic, poses obvious challenges. The pages in this section discuss key goals and values that should guide our efforts during remote teaching:

College Guidance

  • All courses should expect students to participate in 2–4 hours per week of synchronous course time (including instructor-student, TF-student, and peer group time) and a total of 8–12 hours of overall course engagement.
  • Teaching staff allocations will allow for smaller sections and provide additional appointments for course support and community building.
  • Departments/Concentrations/Areas should consider how to build a larger co-curricular online community.
  • The Academic Resource Center is available to help teaching staff implement course structures to facilitate peer interactions, such as supplemental instruction sections, study halls, and study groups, and to provide training and ready-made activities for teaching fellows appointed for course support and community building.

For tips on using Zoom effectively in your first class, see this handout