The June 17, 2020 session of UChicago’s ongoing IT Matters series, entitled “Innovative Approaches to Remote Teaching and Learning at the University of Chicago,” focused on remote teaching and learning. In an energetic roundtable moderated by Associate Vice President and CIO Kevin Boyd, five faculty members and instructors from various disciplines discussed how they and their students adapted to the University’s transition to remote instruction in Spring Quarter 2020. Participating in the roundtable were:

  • Heidi Coleman, Theater and Performance Studies
  • Allyson Nadia Field, Cinema and Media Studies
  • Patrick Jagoda, English Language and Literature, Cinema and Media Studies, and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality
  • James Osborne, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
  • Jennifer Spruill, Social Sciences Collegiate Division

The participants addressed several points of great importance for remote teaching, including synchronous versus asynchronous modes of instruction; maintaining student engagement in a remote environment; designing effective remote assignments; and cultivating a sense of academic community. They praised Academic Technology Solutions personnel for providing valuable assistance to faculty during the transition, both in general course design and in using specific technologies such as Panopto.

To see the full roundtable, please play the video below.