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Continuity in Teaching and Learning for Fall 2020

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Continuity in Teaching and Learning for Fall 2020

Course Design and Development Resources

CETL has information on considerations for teaching online, how to build community and engagement online, and considerations for remote testing.

TLOS has information and resources on available technology tools and how to implement them in courses.

Graduate students teaching in the fall may be interested in the Virginia Tech Academy for Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Excellence. For questions you have about teaching related concerns or resources, see the Ask a Graduate Teaching Fellow page.

The following are the five areas that faculty and instructional personnel have expressed the most concern about as Virginia Tech continues to deliver a quality education in the challenging circumstances presented by COVID19. Each area has targeted resources that can provide a starting point. There are more in-depth resources that can be found on CETL and TLOS websites and both units provide individual consultations upon request.

The Community of Practice section of this site highlights information relevant to faculty led discussions on the arts, large courses, science and engineering labs, discussion-based courses, and writing intensive courses.


Classroom Management: Guiding Health and Safety in the Classroom; Managing Online Learning Environments

Management of Classrooms and Online Environments

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences also developed the following resources that might be of interest to university wide: Presentation: Syllabus Presentation; a handout on Improving Syllabi during COVID-19: Fall 2020 Recommendations; and additional considerations for addressing student concerns through syllabi and other teaching resources can be found in this handout: Teaching in a Time of COVID.

University Fall 2020 Attendance and Grading, and Sample Syllabus Statements Guidance revised 07/13 describes the requirements for faculty to provide clear expectations for all elements of a course through the syllabus, including attendance and assignment of grades and provides university sample syllabus statements.

Fall 2020 Classroom Conduct Guidance revised 07/13 describes the responsibility of an instructor (any faculty rank or graduate teaching assistant) to maintain a positive learning environment.

The  University Registrar has current information about health and safety guidelines for General Assignment classrooms and labs as well as updates to classroom capacities. This site also has a direct link to the COVID-19 Health and Safety FAQs.

Student Engagement, Managing Online Interactions, and Creating Inclusive Community

Creating Videos and Recording Lectures

Testing, Proctoring, and Assessment

Accessibility and Accommodations

Discipline Specific Resources

Communities of Practice have been established to allow faculty to come together and discuss challenges, best practices, and approaches that can be used to effectively use technology enhanced learning to allow for appropriate public health measures.

The Communities are meeting regularly over the summer and are supported by CETL, TLOS, University Libraries and others.

Frequently Asked Questions

See the Faculty Affairs Frequently Asked Questions page for questions regarding grading, exams, promotion and tenure policies, campus operations and research.

The testing and proctoring working group has compiled helpful links, best practices, and frequently asked questions on these topics.

Move Your Course Online: A Canvas course that introduces faculty to Canvas, Zoom, Kaltura, and other tools for online learning.

How to Use Canvas at Virginia Tech (for Instructors)

Canvas Instructor Guide: Comprehensive instructions for all major features in Canvas.

Canvas: Getting Started

Basics of Zoom and Kaltura

Everything You Need to Know About Online Teaching

Accessibility Tips and Best Practices

College of Ag and Life Sciences Transition Team Video Presentation and slides: Canvas Best Practices

Internet Connectivity Tips from the Division of IT

Zoom Bandwidth Recommendations

COVID-19: Technology Resources: Guides from the Division of IT for working remotely, maintaining connectivity, and using Virginia Tech’s virtual private network (VPN).

Accessibility Tips and Best Practices

Services for Students with Disabilities letter: Helpful tips for improving accessibility of course materials and handling accommodations, by Nikeshia Arthur, Director of SSD at Virginia Tech.

Ally Accessibility Tool in Canvas

More extensive information and resources can be found on the Accessibility and Accommodations working group page.

On-Demand Training for Kaltura Video Assignments

Kaltura Video Content Management - How to Use My Media and Media Gallery (for Instructors)

College of Ag and Life Sciences Transition Team Video and Handout: Making Instructional Videos

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On-Demand Training for Canvas: Communication tools

College of Ag and Life Sciences Transition Team Video Presentation and slides: Canvas Best Practices