In addition to all the changes we’ve made within the Nursing building to keep each other safe, you’ve likely noticed there have been a lot of small changes in our classrooms. So, as you prepare for the beginning of classes next week, and you plan for your “trial run” later this week, I want to let you know about several things that you can expect will already be in your classrooms or which are coming soon.
The Fall 2020 semester is quickly approaching. And, while there is much we are still unsure about, one thing is certain, Fall classes are likely to be a unique and challenging experience (for all of us). To help ensure that you (and your students) are prepared, here is a collection of some of the best available resources.
If you have any questions about instructional design or teaching technology, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Do you need any help preparing for Fall 2020 classes?
- In person: NUR 5.180
- Zoom: https://utexas.zoom.us/j/94478560321
Given the circumstances of what’s been happening around the world within the last few weeks, it’s safe to assume that what follows on this page is subject to change. That said, this is one of the resources available to you as you begin preparing to teach your classes completely on line beginning March 30th.
Evaluate and Revise Your Syllabus
Update any instructions around participation, assignments/deadlines, and other topics.
Submit a Course Plan for Instructional Continuity for each class you teach. The university must have this document for accreditation and other compliance purposes.
There are always lots of cool, new things happening around campus and here in the School of Nursing. Here are just a few that I wanted to share with you and highlight. If you know of anything you’d like to add to future emails, please let me know!
This past weekend, Canvas updated the Gradebook with some new features that I hope will make things easier for you and less confusing for your students. Click here for more details.
Because we know how things work, sometimes we think we understand why these things work as they do. That can be a problem.
For years now, we all heard about various “learning styles” and the importance of tailoring learning experiences to the learner to help ensure more effective learning.
Unfortunately, while it is absolutely critical that we keep the learner in mind, focusing on “learning style” may not being doing as much good as we once thought.
Reading good books makes us smarter. And several years ago, UT’s very own Dr. Art Markman created a simple, easy-to-understand way to help anyone, including students, improve their thinking and their learning habits.
Smart Thinking is a book that explores how we think –and how we can do it better. Since thought is the cornerstone of everything we do at UT, it’s a particularly important skill to improve.