Tips and Strategies to Promote Student Learning and Engagement During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging educators to think about teaching and learning in new and different ways. This also applies to the structure and delivery of high-impact practices (HIPs) and all forms of engaged learning, including internships, undergraduate research, global learning, and community engaged teaching and learning. These forms of applied and experiential learning require sustained interaction between students and mentors; an exploration and examination of relevant, real-world problems and issues; and periodic and structured opportunities for reflection and feedback.
These experiences require a significant investment of time and effort for students, faculty, staff, program directors, and community partners in normal times. In the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic, forms of community-engaged teaching and learning become especially difficult and challenging, especially with social and physical distancing guidelines and changes to on-campus course delivery formats, all to mitigate the spread of the virus and reduce the risk of infection on our campus and within the community. More importantly, high-impact practices and engaged learning experiences provide excellent opportunities to explore issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Given the profound social movement taking place across the country in response to the murder of George Floyd and too many other examples of systemic racism, discrimination, and bigotry, we have a moral and ethical responsibility to make high-impact practices accessible to our students. This is especially important now during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is disproportionately impacting communities of color and low-income areas, and as we see increased and appropriate demands for racial justice and equitable and inclusive practices across and within all institutions in our society.
On May 29, 2020, the Office of Academic Affairs provided guidance for academic programs delivered at IUPUI, IUPUC, and IU Fort Wayne during AY 2020–21. This document provided guidance to academic units on appropriate course formats that faculty should use for the upcoming academic year. Moreover, students may have the opportunity to participate in a variety of on-campus and off-campus curricular and co-curricular engaged learning experiences, such as internships and community-based service learning and volunteer opportunities that are not linked to a specific course using one of these suggested formats.
This professional development series is designed to help faculty, staff, and program directors structure various forms of engaged learning for our students during the upcoming 2020–21 academic year. Where appropriate, session facilitators will highlight ways in which faculty and staff can structure experiences within one of the four course formats specified by the Office of Academic Affairs for the fall semester. Tips and advice will also be offered for structuring co-curricular experiences on campus and within the community, while following guidelines specified in the IU Return to Campus Guide.
This professional development series is open to all IUPUI faculty and staff. Participants may register for one or more of the 10 sessions being offered.
IUPUI faculty are eligible to receive a completion badge and a $500 stipend if they complete all of the following requirements:
- Attend Session # 1 and # 2.
- Attend one or more of the other sessions listed (# 3 through # 10).
- Submit a reflection of their involvement in the professional development program.
- Provide evidence of a change made to a course requirement or an engaged learning experience based on their participation in this professional development series.
- Both items (the reflection and the revised course requirement or experience) can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit this information no later than August 31.
Through funding provided by the Office of Academic Affairs, the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Institute for Engaged Learning are able to support faculty by providing a $500 stipend for engaging in professional development programming to prepare to teach in new formats. Faculty are eligible to earn a $500 stipend for only one of the following programs, but they may participate in as many as they choose.
- Summer Online Course Development (closed)
- CTL Intensive Course on Quality Online Course Essentials, May or July (closed)
- Just-In-Time Course Design: A Faculty Learning Experience
- Small Teaching Online Faculty Learning Community (multiple communities are offered)
- Tips and Strategies to Promote Student Learning and Engagement during COVID-19 Professional Development Series