Faculty & Academic Staff Briefing #16
Dear Faculty and Academic Staff:
This brief includes:
- Resources For Faculty To Support Students
- Teaching Tips: Making Expectations Clear: Non-Graded Assignments
- Recent Student Communications
- Image of the day: Casey Zeman-Hale
RESOURCES FOR FACULTY TO SUPPORT STUDENTS
The JED Foundation recently released a webinar entitled Managing Stress During Distance Learning: How Faculty Can Support Their Students, the recording and transcript can be found on the linked page. The Chronicle also released a report last week entitled, Coping with Coronavirus: How Faculty Members can Support Students in Traumatic Times.
TEACHING TIPS: MAKING EXPECTATIONS CLEAR: NON-GRADED ASSIGNMENTS
In spite of all your communication, are some students missing announcements or unclear about work expectations?
If so, setting up ‘Not Graded’ assignments with due dates in Canvas is a very helpful way to keep students on track. Students have shared that having assignments populate their calendar allows them to be more proactive in their planning and reduces stress. In Canvas, ‘Not Graded’ assignments with due dates automatically appear in the students’ calendar and do not impact the grade book. We have noted that faculty can help students trying to keep up with their workload by creating assignments with due dates for draft submissions, scaffolded project component checkpoints, or even discussion preparation. The ‘Not Graded’ assignments may not affect the students’ overall grade, but they may be critical for the students’ overall learning experience.
RECENT STUDENT COMMUNICATIONS
- Message to Student Employees and their Supervisors
- Message to Students Residing on Campus
- Dean’s Message to Students (central points summarized in yesterday’s briefing)
Ongoing communication and resources for Faculty and Staff are posted on The View; the most recent posts are listed here for easy access. Finally, all Faculty Daily Briefing emails are stored here and also hosted on The View.