Fall 2020 Updates

Faculty Commons Room

This Week in Faculty Support for Fall 2020 Teaching

July 6, 2020

Faculty Commons Room The Faculty Commons team, along with our partners, have a wide set of programs this summer to help you prepare for teaching during a... Read More »

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Personal Reflections on Course Modality

June 18, 2020

people in circles At the end of this week, Wake Forest faculty will be making decisions about their preferred course modality for Fall 2020. As we... Read More »

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Teaching Films Online: Courses & Copyright Conundrums

June 17, 2020

This is the first post in a new blog series, Courses & Copyright Conundrums, to address common questions about teaching and... Read More »

Program for Leadership and Character Course Development Grants

June 4, 2020

As the CAT has been sharing more details about our coordinated summer support, we also want to remind faculty of additional funding... Read More »

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CAT Summer Reading Groups

June 2, 2020

If you are interested in reading more about teaching online, we have organized two reading groups for the summer. We hope you will join... Read More »

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A Preview of Summer Support

May 19, 2020

The CAT, Office of Online Education, Digital Initiatives, and Academic Technology are in the process of preparing comprehensive,... Read More »

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OER for Access, Equity, & Agency

April 26, 2020

Think back for a moment and recall some of the many teaching challenges you faced this semester. Even when it felt like so much... Read More »

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How Do I Care for My Students and Myself During This Difficult Time?

April 19, 2020

cat and typewriter Today’s post is an entry in our “Ask the CAT” column. Readers can submit questions related to remote teaching and a member of... Read More »

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How Do I Boost Participation in My Remote Course?

April 16, 2020

cat and typewriter Today’s post is an entry in our “Ask the CAT” column. Readers can submit questions related to remote teaching and a member of... Read More »

Preparing Summer Course Materials

April 15, 2020

Although agreeing to teach online this summer may feel like yet another emergency response to COVID-19, the additional time to... Read More »

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Three Strategies for Teaching Writing Remotely During the Pandemic

April 14, 2020

typewriter with rewrite and edit on paper As the CAT has been recommending writing assignments as alternatives to closed-book exams, we thought it would be helpful to share... Read More »


Assessing Student Learning: Alternatives to Closed-Book Exams

April 9, 2020

Exam What do you want your students to learn? How can you find out if they learned it? What evidence can you collect to document their... Read More »


Keep It Simple: Universal Design for Remote Learning

April 6, 2020

blueprint After reading about the unique difficulties remote learning can present for students with disabilities, we invited the Learning... Read More »

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Building the Online Learning Community

April 5, 2020

Class meeting on lawn outside Tribble When meeting with instructors for the first time to discuss online and blended course design, I almost always begin with some... Read More »

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Engaged Learning, Remote Edition

April 2, 2020

computer, video, post-its, time Wake Forest is known for small class sizes, personal attention, and creative pedagogies that prioritize engaged learning. Now that... Read More »

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Encouraging Productive Online Discussions

April 1, 2020

typing with chat bubbles While setting up an online discussion forum in the LMS (Canvas, Sakai) is relatively simple, getting students to meaningfully engage... Read More »


What Are Accreditors Saying?

March 31, 2020

sacslogo As institutions across the United States have transitioned to remote instruction over the last few weeks, a common question has... Read More »


Running the Remote Teaching Race: Don’t Let Exams Slow You Down

March 30, 2020

runner With nearly two weeks under your belt, hopefully any initial fears, frustrations, or feelings of futility have been replaced by... Read More »

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Can I Give a Time-Limited Exam Online?

March 29, 2020

cat and typewriter Today's post is the first entry in our new "Ask the CAT" column. Readers can submit questions related to remote teaching and a... Read More »

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Troll-Proofing Your Zoom Sessions

March 28, 2020

troll doll Much like those students who have stumbled into your classroom by mistake, it’s possible to have a person (who may or may not be... Read More »

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Remote Podcasting

March 27, 2020

phone wifi image Getting through this first week has been a technology challenge for us all. Navigating Zoom,Canvas and all sorts of teaching and... Read More »


Failure, Resilience, and a Virtual Happy Hour!

March 26, 2020

virtualhappyhour It’s been inspirational to see our Wake Forest community come together in a variety of ways over the past week to figure out how... Read More »

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Communicating with Canvas: A Few Simple Tools

March 25, 2020

canvas logo This post is the fourth and final post in a series on alternatives to video conferencing platforms like Zoom. We’ve been... Read More »

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Let's Talk about Grades

March 24, 2020

1950s report card Like most of you, I have many and varied thoughts about grades. Even in the best case scenario, grading is a fraught enterprise.... Read More »


Going Remote: Planning, Challenges, and More

March 23, 2020

desk This post is a guest post by CAT Innovative Teaching Award winner, Carmen Pérez-Muñoz, Assistant Teaching Professor of Spanish. To... Read More »


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