STEARNS CENTER FEATURED SESSION [for Instructors]: From COVID Crisis to Change: Pandemic Pedagogy and Small Changes Going Forward (90 mins) with remarks by Interim Provost Ginsberg
Since everything -- everything! -- about teaching is evolving right now, and will likely still be in flux throughout the academic year, this panel is a works-in-progress discussion about what faculty are doing now in response to new demands on teachers and learners, and how we might take what we're learning forward to build a stronger future for higher education. In this session, we focus especially on small changes: alterations that faculty have made or could make with their courses during this "unprecedented" time that don't require wholesale revision but still serve to support or even improve student engagement and learning.
The session will open with a very brief description by each of our panelists from across the disciplines at Mason of one "small change" that they made last spring, this summer, or for this fall to support student learning, along with a question that they are still exploring about teaching in this new era. We will then break into smaller groups so that participants can also share their changes and questions, and return for a final conversation about how we might all carry the best things we've learned during this stressful time forward, to improve our teaching and Mason students' learning in the future.
Takeaway: Participants should leave with several examples of "small teaching changes" that they can implement or adapt for their current and future courses across all our new modalities. In addition, they will be asked to brainstorm at least one way that their teaching can adapt to align with some of the likely evolutions in higher education as we strive to come out of the pandemic not just having survived, but having improved how we serve students and support one another.