How may I help you? Resources to transform your teaching during the pandemic.

Colleagues,

Recognizing that we are dealing with a pandemic and that we are being asked to transform our teaching, in lieu of a typical blog post this month I am offering the following suggestions and resources:

1) I encourage you to use the resources available through MindTap and to read through the online Instructor’s Manual for our textbook, as these will provide you with numerous activites and discussion topics which can be molded to fit a distance learning environment.

2) Transforming your teaching requires a different way of thinking about course delivery and learning expectations. With thanks to my colleagues at Mount Royal University, the following resource is being shared:

Keep Calm and Teach-On (Line!)

For those not using Google platforms, the following information and considerations when using Zoom will provide assistance:

How to Keep the Party Crashers from Crashing Your Zoom Event

3) Alternative delivery does not only mean taping lectures or holding synchronous classes. For example, you may post videos for your students and then ask them to email responses to questions you develop and/or ask them to participate in an online discussion board. Some sources for videos related to relevant and interesting HR topics:

Canadian HR Reporter: video archive

or encourage students to watch, and comment on, Disrupt HR videos.

4) You could post articles about how HR is having to transform in the face of COVID-19 and encourage students to respond to questions. This is a timely and relevant way to link HR practice to real world considerations. Some links to articles:

Supporting mental health and well being of employees 

Helping teams remain inclusive while working remotely

7 HR questions about COVID-19, remote work, and duty to accommodate answered

5) Last but not least, how may I help you?  If you want to connect with me to brainstorm ideas about transforming your teaching, please email me directly at [email protected]   Or, if you are looking for a guest to speak to your students (via Google Meet or Zoom) I am willing to work with you to try and find a way to accomodate this and find a topic that I can help you teach in order to assist during this busy period.

I will close by reminding you to be kind and compassionate with yourself during these turbulent times.  Educators impact the lives of many, always, but especially now given the complexities and uncertainties students are facing.  As such, please don’t lose sight of how valuable your work is and how much you are appreciated.  Please take very good care of yourself and your loved ones.  I am sending good thoughts to all and hope that everyone is safe and remains healthy.

Warm regards,

Melanie Peacock  PhD, MBA, CPHR, SHRM-SCP

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