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The Great Camera Debate and Other Conundrums: Adapting Classroom Policies to Pandemic Teaching

January 14 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am


Our classroom policies offer students one of their first glimpses into our teaching identities and our courses. Our policies on issues such as attendance, participation, late work, and exam proctoring may not apply as usual during a pandemic; many of us have had to adapt our well-developed policies for this new context, or create new policies. For instance, in remote classes, should we require students to keep their cameras on? Should we change our course expectations or grading criteria given the unprecedented context in which students are trying to learn? Should we use exam monitoring software or prohibit backtracking on Blackboard exams to reduce academic misconduct? In this workshop, we will discuss some of the thornier classroom policy decisions that we are facing in our pandemic teaching. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss how their policies worked last semester, to evaluate the benefits and costs of policy choices, and to identify those that will best serve their spring semester courses.

Facilitated by  Annie Murray-Close, Center for Teaching and Learning; Susanmarie Harrington, Writing in the Disciplines; & Laura Almstead, Plant Biology

Please reserve this time on your calendar.  You will receive a Microsoft Teams calendar invitation 1-2 days prior to your event explaining how to join and participate in the meeting.  If you click “accept,” it will populate on your Teams calendar for easy access!


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January 14
10:30 am - 11:30 am


Microsoft Teams


Writing in the Disciplines
Center for Teaching & Learning