One thing we’ve been hearing from faculty, as they try to figure out how to teach in this new pandemic context, is that social distancing has made it even more difficult to find time to talk informally with colleagues about their teaching. Hallway conversations or chats over lunch where instructors share assignment ideas and puzzle out classroom challenges are all more difficult to come by.
In an attempt to help fill that gap, the CTE launched a new virtual Teaching Roundtables series meant to provide BC instructors a chance to share teaching ideas and challenges with colleagues and to think together about new pedagogical approaches.
Each Teaching Roundtable will focus on a topic or question specific to the teaching challenges we’re facing this year. We’ll make some space to discuss the particular classroom contexts we’re adapting to, whether remote or blended, and also how we’re responding to the national conversations swirling about us.
We’ll invite a couple faculty to kick off each discussion by sharing their own thoughts on the topic, and then we’ll open things up for discussion. We will be posting the full spring schedule, including registration links, soon.
Teaching Lab Sciences in a Pandemic
Thursday, January 21, 10:00 - 11:00
Socially distanced and remote teaching has been demanding for all instructors this Fall, and Lab Science courses have faced distinct challenges. The Report from the Lab Courses Working Group last June aimed to address common concerns and guide practices this Fall, around four central areas:
- Following COVID-19 protocols in the lab setting (distancing, face covering, etc.)
- Modality of the lab course given the 50% capacity limitation
- Supplemental activities used to ensure content of the course is comprehensive
- Online-only version of the lab course for remote students
Join your colleagues to share reflections on how things went, questions you’re still considering, and what you’re anticipating for the Spring.
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