Capturing the Good Work We Did During Remote Teaching

Return from Remote

Three photo sequence. The first photo is two students walking on campus, the second is a view of the Jordan Student Success Building and the third is two students studying together.

Whether it happens this summer, next fall, or beyond, nearly all MSU Denver instructors will be going back to in-person classes after an extended period of remote teaching. Perhaps you were already experienced with online teaching and learning, or maybe you were thrown into a whole new teaching format. Regardless, everyone dug in to do the work of making sure our students got what they needed during a tough time.

Now, as you think about returning to a physical classroom, there is an opportunity to salvage, retain, and even treasure some of the work the pandemic forced us to take on.

Below the CTLD has laid out three areas we think are worth considering as you plan your return from remote teaching. The central question we hope you will think on is “How can I capture the good, useful work that took place?”

  • First, you may want to examine and reflect on your own teaching experiences during this unusual time, and we have some prompts that may help with that.
  • Second, we have a list of habits that all courses should probably include regardless of course format.
  • Third, are the opportunities instructors may have created for themselves when they did the work to translate classes into a remote format. While that work was hard, it can now be leveraged into powerful opportunities to change our in-person courses for the better!

Returning from remote resources discussion from The Center for Teaching, Learning and Design.

1. Reflecting on your experiences:

Below are common aspects of online courses that are, in fact, best practices for courses of any format. Unless a department or program has discussed compelling reasons to do otherwise, these features should be part of all MSU Denver courses:

2. Digital habits that are good no matter the course modality:

Many of the most effective research-based instructional strategies require that instructors invest in up-front work that is often difficult to prioritize in the midst of all the pressures instructors face. However, the work done during the pandemic may have created opportunities to change our in-person courses for the better!

3. Opportunities created by the work you did to move to remote teaching:

Other resources and reading: