Creating an Equitable Classroom
Strategies for Virtual Teaching During COVID-19
The logistics of remote teaching — both pedagogical and technological — present challenges for faculty when lectures, discussions, labs and studio experiences are transferred online. Access to the learning environment can present major obstacles for some students. How can you make sure all students have equitable access to the materials they need to succeed in rapidly evolving learning contexts?
For pedagogy to be inclusive an instructor must consider how to help all students succeed. This holds true for classes whether they are online, in-person or a combination of both.
In traditional in-person classes, inclusive approaches involve:
- The creation of learning spaces where students feel valued and included
- Setting clear expectations about course work and deadlines, and
- Making learning and assessment available and relatable to every student.
When in-person classes transition to online spaces and methods, these concepts still apply, but access and equity can look very different in online teaching contexts. Having completed the TCU Hybrid training, TCU faculty should be aware of the methods and strategies for effective online teaching, and tools available in TCU Online to support effective teaching. Nonetheless, connecting students to materials can get increasingly complicated when/if students are no longer on-campus, so we must try to bridge that gap.