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Greetings! Here's your weekly curation of ideas and resources to support your efforts. 
  • Quick Reads: Advancing Learning during COVID-19
  • Syllabus Template and Resources
  • Workshops: Course Development and Teaching (new topics added)
  • E-Service-Learning workshop: August 4
  • Portfolio Guidelines: New FAQ document
  • Resources for Remote/Online Instruction
  • Custom Consultations
  • Calendar of events

Quick Reads

Updated Syllabus Template 

The Syllabus Template has been updated for Fall 2020 courses. It also is recommended for Summer 2020 courses. Updates include shortened university statements, new statements on academic continuity and integrity, and a recommended civility statement.
* New statements regarding COVID-19 are coming soon.

Course Development and Teaching Workshops

Now - August 7: View the schedule and descriptions.

A series of Zoom webinars and online workshops to help you become familiar with teaching tools, resources, and strategies is available to all.  These sessions will be facilitated by staff from Online Learning, IT, CETL, Rice Library, and Disability Resources.  

  • Active Learning While Physically Distanced or Online
  • Blackboard: Getting Started 
  • Blackboard's Tools: Assignments, Discussion Boards, Blogs, Wikis, and More!
  • Blackboard: Developing, Deploying, and Editing Online Exams 
  • Blackboard Course Design: If you Build It, They Will Come (new)
  • Creating Accessible Documents
  • Digital Course Materials 
  • First Day Access
  • Getting Started with Panopto 
  • Helping All Students Learn More
  • Hybrid Course Planning & Teaching Strategies (new)
  • Lecture Recording with VoiceThread or Zoom
  • Making Group Work Work using Blackboard and VoiceThread
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser
  • Teaching with Limited Internet
  • Transparent Assignment Design for Student Success
  • Using Proctorio for Proctoring Online Exams
  • VoiceThread Assignments: Discussions, Presentations, and Required Videos 
  • Zoom: Videoconferencing for Office Hours and Class Meetings

Getting Started With E-Service-Learning

Tuesday, August 4 at 10-11 am via Zoom.
Curious about ways to provide online virtual service-learning experiences for your students?  This workshop will explore strategies to create and assess student e-service learning. Resource: eService-Learning Basics & Best Practices (GivePulse Team, 2020)

Portfolio Guidelines and Preparation

A new Portfolio FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) document, along with an updated Calendar for Personnel Decisions, have been added to the Provost’s Office webpageSlides from a recent webinar provide an overview of the guidelines for preparing a portfolio for reappointment, tenure, and promotion and opportunities to consider ideas for one's approach to portfolio preparation. 

Resources for Remote/Online Instruction

Custom Support from CETL

CETL is available throughout the summer for one-on-one consultation and facilitating group discussions! Topics include portfolio preparation, course development, instructional strategies, formative course feedback, writing and scholarship productivity strategies, SoTL, and more.  Please contact Amy Chan Hilton at
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