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College Writing Information Literacy Toolkit

This Toolkit helps faculty and librarians navigate the College Writing Course relationship.

An Ethos of Care in Teaching Online

1. Lower expectations. Yes, we value excellence, but all of our lives are disrupted. We need to offer ourselves and our students grace. Students may be experiencing many emotions, as well as issues such as home or food insecurity. Being flexible and adaptable is crucial for both the students and instructors.

2. Don't worry about having "good" pedagogy or creating the perfect online environment. Come up with asynchronous, low-bandwidth reading and writing assignments, conduct office hours via email, and grade charitably.

3. Always go back to your learning outcomes and structure any lectures/videos/assignments around those. What do you want the students be able to know and do as a result of watching/reading/completing this assignment? 

4. There are synchronous and asynchronous options if you wish to give students continuity in content. Record lectures using Zoom or Kaltura, or host synchronous sessions, either for your entire class, or for small groups. You can also take advantage of Microsoft Teams, collaborative documents either through Microsoft or Google. 

5. Seek help from online tutorials for Canvas and Zoom: 

6. If you want help from a librarian in your course, contact that person ASAP and contact your your school registrar to update your course in WUCRSL. 

(These suggestions have been crowd sourced from various sources)