Continuity in Teaching and Learning
Virginia Tech is committed to delivering the highest quality education to students. However, challenging circumstances require flexible teachers and learners. The resources below are designed to help faculty teach more effectively in online environments.
More in-depth resources can be found on the websites of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS). 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 and Syllabus Creation
- Communicate with students about health and safety (CETL)
- Set expectations for graduate study (Graduate School)
Student Engagement and Online Interactions
- Build community and engage students in online courses (CETL)
- Communicate more effectively with students on Canvas (TLOS)
- Design better courses (CETL)
- Engage students more effectively on Canvas (CALS)
- Hold Zoom conferences (4Help)
- Learn how to use the Canvas discussion tools to engage students online (TLOS)
- Book a consultation with a TLOS consultant (TLOS)
- Create video assignments in Kaltura (TLOS)
- Film, edit, and publish instructional videos (CALS)
- Use My Media and Media Gallery to manage Kaltura videos (4Help)
- Use Zoom, Canvas, and Kaltura for teaching (CETL—look under Technology Toolkit)
Testing, Proctoring, and Assessment
- Do testing, proctoring, and assessment of students in an online environment (CETL, TLOS, Testing and Proctoring Working Group)
Accessibility and Accommodations
In 2020, Communities of Practice allowed faculty to come together and discuss challenges, best practices, and approaches for different university disciplines. The Communities were supported by CETL, TLOS, University Libraries and others.
Faculty leads and contact information for the Communities are as follows:
- Community of Practice for the Arts: Ariana Wyatt
- Community of Practice for Writing Intensive Courses: Derek Mueller
- Community of Practice for Science and Engineering Labs: Jill Sible
- Community of Practice for Mid-Size Lecture/Discussion-Based Courses: Tim Baird and Ashley Reed
- Community of Practice for Large Courses: Kim Filer