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How do you build community in an online classroom? What do you do on the first day of class? How are you connecting with students? How can we bridge the divide between and among students and faculty in the time of COVID? We are all grappling with these questions and making do in whatever ways we can in our online classrooms. But it’s so important to remember that we’re not alone in this.
In this new blog series and digital archive, Engaged Learning: Cura Personalis in the Classroom, we seek to highlight ways that faculty, staff, and students have been maintaining or forging community. The site launched Spring 2021, and the theme for the series this year will be “Cura Personalis in the Time of COVID.” 

While the site will feature contributions of research-supported best practices from the Faculty Collaborative staff, most of our posts and materials will come from YOU, our local practitioners who are already doing this work in the classroom. Our goal is to share stories that engage, educate, and connect us and our work to one another. We are especially interested in highlighting anti-racist work that is being done across departments and units. 

Submissions can take several different forms, including but not limited to:

  • Faculty/Staff Perspectives: short blogs (max 500 words) or short videos (2-3 minutes) sharing key strategies or insights into how you are maintaining or forging community

  • Student Perspectives: short blogs (max 500 words) or short videos (2-3 minutes) revealing student perspectives on inclusive teaching and learning 

  • Teachable Moments: Tales of When Things Go Awry: Short narratives of a classroom challenge and how you dealt with it (we are particularly interested in these!)

  • Program Showcase: Brief accounts of department- or program-wide work to inspire the university community

  • Resource highlights: Brief descriptions of campus resources to support inclusive teaching, with an emphasis on stories about creating or using these resources in the classroom

  • “Listicles” of top 5 teaching tips or themed insights related to inclusive teaching and learning

  • Interviews with other individuals or groups working on inclusive and anti-racist teaching in their classrooms and depts

  • Recorded panel or workshop presentations, with “highlights” featured for busy readers and viewers

We want to hear from you! Please complete this brief submission form to have your work considered. With the generous support of a Bannan Grant, we are able to offer $50 honoraria for at least the first 20 published contributions. Submissions from individuals or groups are welcome (one honoraria per group).

This work is supported by the Faculty Collaborative for Teaching Innovation and the Bannan Forum.