Resources to support our return to campus

Returning to campus to teach and learn will in some ways feel familiar, but it will also be very different from other in-person semesters. The effects of the pandemic experience—grief, anxiety, disruptions in learning, etc.—will still be with us. With all this in mind, CNDLS has developed resources for both faculty and students to help make the return as successful as possible. Start by reviewing the principles below that apply to both faculty and students. Then, in each relevant guide, you’ll find considerations, information, and resources about how to attend to well-being in this unique semester, as well as how to teach and learn in different modalities.  

The resources presented here are all grounded in research-based practices and the insights of our own faculty. Throughout the 2020-21 academic year, CNDLS conducted discussion sessions with groups of faculty from across the University. The full reports are available here: 

Guide for Faculty

Guide for Students

Principles 

Acknowledge the past year as one of difficulty; acknowledge the coming year as one of transition.

Be flexible. While ‘normal’ may seem like it’s on the horizon, we are still transitioning. We will be called upon to remain flexible—with deadlines, with attendance, with modality.

Extend compassion. We’ve all been through something hard. Each and everyone of us has been affected in some way, and these effects are not always visible or vocalized.

Emphasize the importance of community and a sense of belonging. We learned first-hand the importance of connection to each other last year. With an expanded toolbox and a heightened awareness of the need for belonging across all groups, we can all lean into relationships and encourage others to do the same.

Avoid “business as usual” this fall. Some communities were hit much harder than others and many are still grieving. All of us have spent a year and a half adapting and coping. We’ve learned a lot during this period about how to make our teaching and learning effective and inclusive, and we’ll want to keep growing in those directions.

Check the latest University guidelines for returning to campus by clicking here. 

CNDLS Office Hours

CNDLS provides virtual office hours for support with teaching practices and tools from 9 am – 5 pm Monday to Thursday, and 9am – 2pm on Fridays. 

At other times, please email cndls@georgetown.edu, and a member of our team will get back to you during business hours. For information on office hours offered by CETS, UIS, and other partners, please click here.

Tip of the Week

As you get accustomed to the upgraded campus classrooms, we’ve put together some tips for using those upgraded classrooms, and CETS has created a cheatsheet for recording using Zoom directly from Canvas.

TLISI 2021

Registration is now open for Georgetown’s annual Teaching, Learning, and Innovation Summer Institute, hosted by CNDLS.