Preparing for Spring

Student feedback from fall 2020 showed that students felt overwhelmed in some of their courses. They understandably had trouble focusing, and struggled to keep up with the workload, which in some courses seemed bigger to them than in their pre-pandemic courses.

Whether you are teaching remotely for the first time this spring or if you have already taught virtually or are looking for ways to make sure that the workload is appropriate, maintain rigor, and be responsive to student feedback, we’ve offered a collection of resources on that front here.

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Visit Digital Learning Days for a schedule and descriptions of sessions designed to support you as you prepare your courses for the spring semester.

Preparing for a new semester always requires ideas and lots of planning, and that’s truer than ever this semester. This site provides information on training opportunities, guides, tools, templates, webinars, and pedagogical considerations to help you in the transition. Get started with the options below or in the menu bar above, or by using the search bar in the upper right of the screen.

CNDLS Office Hours

CNDLS provides virtual office hours for support with tools and tips for teaching online.

Hours of operation: Monday – Friday between 9 am and 5 pm. After hours, reach us at and someone will reach out as soon as possible.  

For information on daily office hours offered by CETS, UIS and other partners, please visit the contact page.

Tip of the Week

Looking for ideas to get your semester started? Consider inviting new students to meet with you individually or in small groups to discuss your and their expectations for the course, or publish your Canvas course early to allow students to preview the course and meet each other. Explore ideas like these, together with your colleagues, at Digital Learning Days this week! Learn more about Digital Learning Days here.

CNDLS Calendar

Visit the CNDLS calendar to learn about upcoming programs and workshops.!