As many universities are creating contingency plans in the face of COVID-19, Assay is collecting lesson plans and best practices to help our colleagues make the shift from face-to-face to online teaching as the need arises. While this compiling of resources is in response to COVID-19, there are many reasons why face-to-face classes might need to move online on short notice––hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, etc. These resources might be more broadly useful in online teaching, but we are currently working to support our colleagues who might be working to rethink their pedagogy and methods on very short notice.
In the spirit of community support, we are seeking lesson plans across all genres (not just nonfiction). We are also seeking composition and literature lesson plans. We’re all in this together.
To clarify, we’re not looking for general advice—we’re looking for writing activities, discussion board assignments, creative writing workshops in various formats. We expect the shock will be in the move from F2F to online and we hope these resources will help manage the shift.
To Submit Your Lesson Plan to Assay’s Community Pedagogy Resources:
- Click here for the Google Doc Template.
- Make a Copy. This is important. You won’t be able to type right into the template (it’s set to view, so that we don’t lose our original template.)
- Fill out the Lesson Plan. Your lesson plan should be specifically oriented to an online environment (assignment, discussion board, workshop strategy, etc.).
- When you’re done, go up to File, scroll down to “Publish to the Web.”
- Choose Embed.
- Click Publish
- Copy the Embed Code
- Email the Embed Code to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a short bio.
- We’ll post the lesson plans as they come in. Comments will be enabled to help people troubleshoot, offer advice, tweaks, additions, and the like. We hope this will lead to continued conversation as we experience the unexpected.
To get started, here are some resources already online (and we will add to them as they come in):
- Emergency Remote Teaching Guidelines. Google Doc of community-sourced resources for moving classes online, how to use Zoom, etc.
- Rapid Remote Teaching Resources
- Transforming a Face-to-Face (F2F) Class Day into an Online Class Day
- Ways to Support Student Assignments During Times of Disruption
- Academic Continuity: Making a Rapid Transition to Online Teaching
- Zoom: Teach Online Class Sessions
- Dealing with the Unexpected: Teaching When You or Your Students Can’t Make it to Class
Visit Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies for more pedagogy resources.