Supporting student success

What to consider

Supporting student success typically involves supporting both learning and well-being. In this time of COVID-19 and remote instruction, your students are dealing with additional factors such as online learning, anxiety arising from the world situation and social isolation, and differing home situations that contribute to enhanced equity issues.

In 8 Ways to Improve Your Course (Inside Higher Ed, August 11, 2020), Steven Mintz suggests a number of actions for instructors:

  1. Build a personal connection with your students.
  2. Motivate your students.
  3. Help students maintain focus.
  4. Create a sense of community.
  5. Make discussions meaningful.
  6. Increase student engagement.
  7. Address equity issues.
  8. Identify and support struggling students.

What are the options?


Emotional well-being and managing anxiety

Instructor presence and infusing courses with a human element

Study habits and managing at-home learning

Creating a safe learning environment

Additional resources

Click the image to download the roadmap.

The visual course roadmap originally developed by Dr. Nicole Campbell, Teaching Fellow at Western University, and has been adapted with permission. The template allows students to have an easy visual overview of key assignments, weekly topics in the course.