Redbirds Keep Teaching takes on a whole new meaning for the fall of 2020— a shift from emergency teaching to teaching as effectively and flexibly as possible in the era of COVID-19 and social distancing.
CTLT and campus partners have developed support for a combination of strategies to empower instructors in face-to-face, hybrid, and online learning situations. These resources and professional development opportunities are designed around the new Framework for Inclusive Teaching Excellence.
CTLT can help you to plan. Email CTLT@ilstu.edu to discuss options.
For the latest on the campus-wide response to COVID-19, see Illinois State University's Update Page.
Student assessments of teaching and learning is an essential part of improving their educational experience. Explore options for gathering student feedback mid-semester.
Consult these pages for official guidance, advice, and tools to help you teach successfully.
Important considerations before requiring students to be "on camera" for synchronous classes.
Required and suggested syllabus language covering a variety of topics, including accessibility, recording class sessions, and absences.
Advice covering health and safety in the classroom, including communicating with students about social distancing guidelines and dealing with mask compliance issues.
Faculty Toolkit for Student Success - a comprehensive list of resources to help instructors connect students with the help they need.
Teaching and Learning through Student Absences - guidance on dealing with student attendance and absences, including suggestions for syllabus language.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Online Courses - a compilation of resources from across the country on ensuring equity in online learning.
Handouts and how-to videos covering many of the tools available in Illinois State University's official learning management system.
CTLT offers four different templates for ReggieNet course sites. These templates serve as "shells," which instructors can customize to provide enhanced student experiences.
A guide to using Zoom in combination with ReggieNet. Includes short video tutorials, handouts, and links to pre-recorded webinars.
A one-page summary of help resources for both instructors and students.
Classrooms at Illinois State will be fitted with webcams, document cameras, and microphones before the start of the Fall 2020 semester. Visit the Classroom Upgrades page for videos demonstrating this new technology and how top use it for hybrid and online teaching.
Ensuring digital materials meet the needs of all students is an important consideration when moving instruction to online spaces.
A guide to preparing for remote or online exams, useful for both hybrid and fully online teaching situations.
Pedagogical tips for presenting learning online.
Two recommended methods for quickly adding voice to lectures and presentations.
Legal language concerning online recordings and FERPA considerations in regards to distance learning.
Advice for designing tests in the online environment.
Students and instructors can access virtual resources through Remote.IllinoisState.edu. This includes access to generally available software. Instructors should contact their department/college IT to request specialized software.
Milner Library's physical building will close to walk in patrons beginning Tuesday, September 8 and transition to access by appointment as well as virtual services. Curbside pickup, delivery via campus mail, virtual reference assistance, and electronic resources all remain available. Access to the building is available by appointment Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can be arranged by contacting your subject librarian. Please contact Milner staff with any questions.
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 10 p.m.
Several professional organizations and businesses which support online learning and professional development are offering free or discounted services during the COVID-19 pandemic, including:
Visit the Additional Resources for Faculty page
View two recordings from summer webinars on transitioning from face-to-face to alternative modes of teaching.
These online modules, hosted in a special ReggieNet course site, allow instructors to craft robust learning experiences for Illinois State students in both hybrid and online formats.
These synchronous versions of the DIY Online Teaching Modules provide another opportunity to learn these important techniques for promoting student success. Workshops will cover different facets of the topic.
Instructors can earn a certificate of completion and a modest stipend through this program. Certificates include Course Design for Online Environments, Class Climate and Culture in Online Environments, and Feedback and Assessment in Online Environments. Explore the DIY Online Certificates page for criteria and stipend information.