We surveyed TU students for feedback on how instructors can assist them with the transition back to in-person classes after being virtual during the pandemic. Here are their suggestions (bolded are the most frequently endorsed):
We surveyed TU faculty and staff for tips for faculty to help transition back to in-person classes successfully, summarized below:
“I am committed to helping you be successful in this class. If you have any needs or concerns about participation or attendance that arise, such as illness, family emergencies, etc., please contact me as early as practical so I can try to assist you. It is important that you communicate with me so I can best help you. I have attendance and participation policies and expectations in place to help you with accountability and staying on track. I have found that regular participation and attendance is related to success in my class. Additionally, coming on time and prepared will set you up to do well in my class. However, life does happen and sometimes an adjustment is warranted.
Please contact me if you need help. Also know that I may privately reach out to you if I am concerned about your participation or attendance because I care and want to see you succeed. I am here for you in office hours, both in person and virtually, and please feel free to call me or email me. I may need up to ___ hours/days to respond to you because of my responsibilities, but this does not mean I am ignoring you.
Be assured that I will respond to you. If you know that you work best with certain formats, such as having access to readings electronically or in hard copy, or having captioning, please let me know and I will try to provide alternative formats that will work best for you. If you would benefit from audio recording lectures so that you can go back and check your notes, let me know. If you sign a waiver with me, you can do this.
I want to make sure you are aware that there are many support services available to you for free on campus. The links in your syllabus for more information about tutoring, success coaching, personal counseling, and skills workshops will give you details about how to access this assistance. I strongly encourage all students to utilize these resources early and often. If you set them up now, they will be in place if you do get into a tough spot and they really do make a difference. Learning to utilize resources is an important life skill, so I encourage you to start now.
Finally, I want to touch on how to monitor your grade in this class. Self-monitoring your progress in your classes helps you with accountability and staying on top of things. You should have some awareness of your course grade during the semester. (explain how to do this for your class here).”
These tips were prepared by the Accessibility Standards Committee, made up of students, faculty, and staff.