The CAT never requires participation in any of our programs. However, all deans on the Reynolda campus expect that most of their faculty will want to participate. Each dean has shared details about their expectations, as well as standards for waving those expectations, here.
Regardless of what happens in the fall, our students will benefit if we are better prepared to teach them in an online environment. If we are able to resume face-to-face courses, we know that sudden shifts in conditions may require additional pivots to remote teaching. And if we are not able to resume face-to-face courses, our students will be counting on us to ensure our online courses deliver the significant learning experiences they have come to expect from Wake Forest faculty.
Given these demands, the CAT, Office of Online Education, members of ZSR Library’s Digital Initiatives team, and the Academic Technologies unit in IS are prepared to support 1,000+ Wake Forest instructors as they prepare for a potential semester online. Beginning June 3rd, we will launch a comprehensive set of support options that include online modules, reading groups, and synchronous workshops. The program that will anchor our support efforts, however, is our plan to work with 65 faculty members to develop and facilitate 65 disciplinary-based, peer-to-peer learning communities for instructors in their departments.
As is hopefully clear from the graphic to the left, this approach is faculty-centered, allowing our teachers to support one another as they prepare solutions for the fall. It honors the amazingly creative work so many of our instructors have been doing already, allows for disciplinary-specific guidance, and–most importantly for the CAT–creates opportunities for departments to have meaningful conversations about teaching that will reach far beyond a single semester.
More details about this program can be found in the FAQ below.