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Fall 2020 Teaching Strategies

The goal of this page is to share teaching strategies different SIPS instructors are considering for Fall 2020 courses. These reflect current thinking and are likely to evolve as time passes!

Note that many resources are available at the Center for Teaching Innovation Fall 2020 Course Preparation website. These include on-line drop in sessions, course consultations, tutorials on Canvas and Zoom, and workshops for online assessment, building community online, and active learning online.

Contact Magdalen Lindeberg (ml16) if you would like to add your plans to this list. Contact Carlyn Buckler (csb36) or Magdalen if you would like to have a conversation about your anticipated needs.


PLBio 2410: Plant Diversity & Evolution
Instructor: Margaret Frank


Lecture (virtual options)

  • Course website that offers more interactive options than Canvas
  • Use of a whiteboard for online lectures

Labs (in person)

  • Syllabus rearranged so that in-person labs are partially condensed and conclude before Thanksgiving
  • Aspiring to have dedicated microscopes for each student

Labs (virtual)

  • After Thanksgiving – online genomics lab and presentations about “Plants in the News”
  • For online/quarantined students – considering mailing kits with plant materials coupled with use of cell phones as microscopes

PLPPM 3010: Biology & Management of Plant Disease
Instructor: Kerik Cox


Labs (virtual)

  • Interactive live stream activities where groups of students direct TA through exercises
    [contingent on microscope computer station for TAs]
  • Interactive live stream field trips where students direct inquiry
    [contingent on field wifi access for Research North in Geneva – location of many crops and diseases]

PLHRT 4270: Seed to Supper I (complete guidelines for remote engagement in this class)
Instructor: Marcia Eames-Sheavly


In-class (inclusion of remote students)

  • During in-person classes a volunteer will type descriptions of activities into Zoom chat for those participating virtually

Gardening (inclusion of remote students)

  • Remote students will be asked to seek out garden or natural areas proximal to their locations and document their activities  by submitting images

Small group work (inclusion of remote students)

  • Small group work will be conducted in Zoom breakout rooms where in-person students can connect with those participating remotely

Workshop presentations (virtual)

  • Learning and practicing facilitation skills as well as leading workshops will be done via Zoom. It is hoped that this will inspire creative thinking on how to bring slides to life by way of activities and discussion.  All practice workshop facilitation in the latter part of the semester be at a distance.
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