Preparing for in-person classes in fall

On this page, we’re distilling our current thinking in response to questions from faculty about preparing to return to in-person classes in fall 2021 after a long period of remote learning.

We are mindful that post-pandemic higher education will never be quite the same as it was. We’ve therefore focused on two guiding goals around in-person courses in fall:

  • That they be conducive to student learning.
  • That they be manageable for faculty life/work balance.

These two goals foreground kindness toward, and empathy for, ourselves, our students, and our colleagues.

Here, you’ll find suggestions on the following:

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Two helpful pedagogical models

... for promoting equity (Transparency in Learning and Teaching) and acknowledging these unique times (Trauma-Informed Pedagogy)

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Class environment

Comfort levels, connection and belonging, attention levels, and classroom norms

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Class policies

Attendance, participation, late work, and in-class technology use

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Class engagement

Course content and course syllabus

These resources are intended to be helpful suggestions and are not requirements. They represent research-based options that may support you in your teaching and in your students’ learning.

Many of the ideas we’re sharing here will be ones you are already implementing in your courses; a few may be new to you, and we encourage you to get in touch if you’d like to discuss them further with us. All consultations (whether individual or group) are voluntary, formative, and confidential.

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Two helpful pedagogical models

Class Environment

Class Policies

Class Engagement