Support for Fall Instruction

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The University of Minnesota has shared its Academic Framework for Fall 2020 and resources for Preparing for Fall Instruction.

As you plan for Fall semester, CEI can engage with you individually or with your department on flexible course design and creative problem-solving that prioritize safety, accessible and inclusive design, and quality instruction.

We invite you to join systemwide colleagues in webinars, facilitated discussions, or a multi-week cohort program. Or access stand-alone resources at your own pace.

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Request an individual consultation for help with a specific question or to engage us as thought partners on the ideas you are considering for fall instruction. These might include:

  • learning activities to do in-person while socially distanced
  • flexible course design and syllabus development
  • creating community among students across multiple modalities
  • choosing between synchronous and asynchronous instruction
  • online teaching observations and online course reviews
  • gathering early-term feedback and implementing course changes

Self-paced Online Teaching Program & Seminars

The Online Teaching and Design Program is a practical, comprehensive program that will guide you through all aspects of designing, teaching, and building an online course. Nine modules present best practices, instructional strategies, and technology tools that you will apply in activities to develop and build your own online course. The program assumes participants have a basic working knowledge of Canvas. The self-paced section allows participants to access the Online Teaching and Design Canvas site and work through the content and activities at their own pace. All assessments and activities are optional; individualized feedback is not provided. Participants may elect to take part in optional Q&A sessions. Course completion requirements for this self-paced course include viewing all pages and activities and submitting all quizzes.

CEI has also adapted our 5-week cohort program Canvas sites into accessible resources so that you can draw from the ideas and materials at your own pace:

Guides & Toolkits

The UMN-created Guidelines for Online Teaching and Design is a practical and digestible text that is relevant to fully online instruction and the online portions of hybrid courses. If you prefer video-based learning, the Online Teaching Toolkit (Association of College and University Educators) provides short synopses and recorded webinars with supplementary resources.

Coursera Content

All University of Minnesota instructors, students, and staff have access to Coursera courses and specializations at no cost. Register by October 31 and complete by December 31, 2020. 

Additional Support