The COVID-19 Pandemic showed all faculty first-hand that we cannot simply move our traditional, in-person pedagogy online and expect success. Without the invisible affordances of an in-person classroom, we need to rethink and redesign our teaching and teaching materials to give students the same opportunities to succeed. At the same time, data are demonstrating that many of the changes that help students in online classes also support in-person success, especially for students of color and first-generation college students. Learn and apply the principles of effective online teaching that can improve student outcomes in all of your classes!
The recent COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the challenges experienced by students who have been the victims of trauma.
This supportive working group brings together faculty from underrepresented groups, including faculty of color, LGBTQ+ faculty, women in STEM, faculty with disabilities, and international faculty, in order to discuss how underrepresented faculty can be differentially impacted in the classroom, identify and build practices that allow underrepresented faculty to thrive in this environment, and foster intellectual connection and community. If you identify with or want to support these faculty, join us!
The Online Facilitation Fundamentals course focuses on increasing student engagement and facilitating activities in online and hybrid courses. This course will help you develop a working understanding of successful online teaching strategies that you can apply in your own digital classroom. You will learn about effective online teaching practices, their relationship to different technologies, and how to combine these to maximize student engagement in your online course. You will also get to progressively design and reflect upon your own online learning experiences as part of a cohort of fellow instructors and experienced facilitators.
In an effort to reduce educational costs for students, provide access to high-quality instructional materials and alternative resources, and recognize faculty efforts in making instructional materials freely available; Sonoma State is partnering with the CSU system on two key initiatives: the Affordable Learning Solutions program and AB 798 Textbook Affordability Act. Collectively, these efforts are intended to promote student achievement for students at SSU. SSU has convened a Steering Group with representatives from Associated Students, Faculty, Disabled Student Services, Library, Center for Teaching and Educational Technology, Information Technology, and the SSU Bookstore.