Instructional strategies for remote summer teaching

This message to all faculty and instructional staff has been approved by Dr. Sally McRorie, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dear colleagues,

With summer courses ahead of us, we have a great opportunity to build on the experience we’ve acquired these last few weeks of remote teaching. If you’re teaching courses this summer, I encourage you to continue the hard work of offering quality instruction and to draw upon the resources and knowledge we’ve gained from years of online teaching at FSU. While teaching remotely is not the same as delivering an online course, setting up your summer courses with online instructional strategies in mind will help ensure the quality of summer instruction for both our current and newly admitted students.

The Office of Distance Learning has developed a new workshop series to help you incorporate strategies for quality online instruction in your summer remote teaching. The series coincides with the Guide to Remote Teaching, a webpage designed to help you prepare for summer. You’ll find a workshop for each of six online instructional strategies that can help you achieve better learning outcomes and student engagement:

  1. Start with a course template.
  2. Organize your course for student success.
  3. Design effective assessments.
  4. Engage your learners with online activities.
  5. Provide course materials in a variety of formats.
  6. Stay present with your students.

Workshops are offered daily via Zoom so you can join with your laptop, desktop, tablet, or phone anywhere you have an internet connection. Register by clicking on any of the workshop links above or by visiting the Guide to Remote Teaching page.

If you’re an instructor planning to teach this summer, I urge you to take advantage of these workshops and to reach out to the Office of Distance Learning and Center for the Advancement of Teaching for additional assistance or support. If you’re a teaching assistant, the Program for Instructional Excellence (PIE) has a new Canvas organizational site. I encourage you to make use of this newly launched support resource.

Best wishes and stay well!

Sally McRorie
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs