New Ways of Teaching, New Ways of Learning: Supporting Learning in Online Environments

The COVID-19 pandemic compelled students, faculty, and staff having to adopt new and unfamiliar strategies and to revise existing practices to learn, teach, and work multi-modally. In particular, we must rely on technology, new and old, to deliver content, engage students, and create rich learning environments.

As we know, most instruction at SFU will continue to be delivered through remote methods in the fall 2020 semester, to create certainty for instructors and students, safety for students and employees who have higher level health risks, and access to learning for students who cannot physically travel to BC at this time.

This seminar series provides faculty with an opportunity to look at our challenges, failures, and successes as we explore new ways of teaching and learning remotely with a focus on providing high quality learning experiences for students. This new stream of inquiry grants will support SFU faculty investigation of the strategies they are using as they move their classes online, and changes they are implementing to support student success in online learning environments.

Topics explored will include:

  • Improving student learning experience in an online environment
  • Fostering student and instructor well-being
  • Encouraging engagement and meaningful online discussions
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Principles
  • Better online practices
  • Accessibility– “digital red lining” (e.g., having it and when they can use it)
  • Time management & 24/7 instructor accessibility
  • Online exams
  • Academic integrity
  • Privacy and confidentiality
  • Building relationships and creating community in online environment
  • Creating safer environments for students having controversial conversations on controversial topics

Call for applications is now closed.

Throughout this program, participants will:

  • Understand the importance of creating conditions that improve student engagement in online learning environments that positively affect student academic success.
  • Develop a project proposal to implement and evaluate changes they make to their courses which are now being delivered remotely and online learning environment in order to foster learning and improve the student experience.
  • Discover the most effective ways of delivering content to students (video, synchronous vs. asynchronous, flipped classroom approach)
  • Provide input to and receive feedback from fellow program participants and facilitators. 
  • Receive up to $5000 of funding to support the design and/or implementation and evaluation of their work.
  • Submit a final report and share the outcomes of the project by connecting with other faculty members and colleagues within and outside of the SFU community.

Time commitment & workload

  • Participants will meet 3 - 5 times for 1.5 - 2 hours each between July 2020 and August 2020.
  • All workshops and consultations will be conducted online.
  • The final meeting will take place upon participants’ completion of their inquiries anticipated no later than Summer 2021 and involve sharing the outcomes of their research.
  • Readings and relevant research articles will be provided.

Facilitation Team

This series will be facilitated by SFU champion faculty members in collaboration with ISTLD and CEE.