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Active Learning Guide

View our "Getting Started with Active Learning Guide." This guide contains 30 activities adaptable for a variety of disciplines and class sizes.

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As we move to remote instruction, it is important to recognize the massive impact that current events may be having on our students and ourselves. Read our resource that provides practices to support students’ well-being.

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Engaging Students Through Remote Office Hours

Remote office hours (OH) may be “face to face” office hours (via Zoom) and/or might involve setting up a discussion board or chat that serves as an “online office” for students to drop in with questions. This guide will walk you through options for creating student-centered office hours.

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Options for Taking Attendance and Engaging Students

The way in which you take attendance sends a message about what you think is the purpose for being in class. Usually, we count physical presence; however, remote instruction offers us an opportunity to rethink what we believe is essential for our students to learn in our classes. Read our suggestions for how to take attendance and keep students engaged in remote classrooms.

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Foundational Priciples of Teaching

Engaging students

Facilitating Discussion

To facilitate meaningful dialogue, it is important for professors to set a tone of respect and positive regard at the beginning of the semester. One way to do this is to include a statement in your syllabus regarding your beliefs about learning in a diverse classroom. See our Inclusion Statements for Syllabus guide. 


Instructional Assistants can support moderating questions from students on discussion boards or Canvas chat/Zoom chat to make sure important comments and questions are addressed. Read our 5 Ideas for Integrating Instructional Assistants (IAs) into a Remote Course resource and see our other resources for remote instruction.