Teaching in a crisis

Teaching in a Crisis, a virtual symposium on Tuesday, June 30, will offer a wide range of best practices on everything from designing content modules, to promoting experiential learning, to connecting with students.

Symposium to highlight remote teaching strategies

A virtual symposium featuring more than 30 UW-La Crosse instructors will highlight successful strategies for remote teaching and learning amid COVID-19.

The Teaching in a Crisis Symposium will offer a wide range of best practices on everything from designing content modules, to promoting experiential learning, to connecting with students.

UWL staff and faculty are invited to review the 30-plus exhibits beginning at 2 p.m. Monday, June 29, and to leave any comments or questions in the discussion area.

On Tuesday, June 30, the instructors who created the exhibits will host live sessions in which they answer questions and provide further insight into their teaching strategies. A full schedule can be found at www.uwlax.edu/catl/gallery/symposium/.

The exhibits will cover best practices in an array of subject areas, as well as opportunities and challenges instructors encountered this spring.

Biology professor Megan Litster, for example, will present on the strategies she and her colleagues used to not only work around the virus, but to make viruses a central part of the curriculum.

“We decided to create a more relevant, for-the-times class that utilized the lens of viruses to explore biological concepts such as cell cycle, viral infections, vaccines, genetics and evolution,” she says. “As this class is called ‘Biology for the Informed Citizen,’ we sat down during our two-week planning time and really asked ourselves: ‘What does it mean to be informed right now?’ ”

Biology instructor Teresa Mika says students were given the freedom to present their research in a variety of ways.

“To give some examples of project formats, we received presentations, infographics, brochures, videos, podcasts, Powtoons and lesson plans,” she says. “Students really enjoyed this format and were excited to explore topics we didn’t directly cover in class.”

For more information about the symposium, or to request disability accommodations, please contact UWL’s Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning at 608-785-6881 or CATL@uwlax.edu.