Being Mindful and Understanding of Students’ Challenges and Constraints
The COVIOD-19 crisis has created situations that may impede our students with the greatest economic need, adversely affecting their ability to complete their work in a timely fashion. We ask that all exercise patience. If faculty have any questions in general or specific to a student, we are here to help. CASA Coaches are meeting regularly with students and the CASA life coach is also taking meetings on line. If faculty have questions, they should feel free to reach out. Linda Coleman can address issues related to specific students and Terry Nance and Eloise Berry are available for more general discussions.
Here are suggestions from messages shared by Dean Adele Lindenmeyr (CLAS) and Dean Joyce Russell (VSB) with their faculty:
Be mindful of students’ state of mind
Students may be feeling overwhelmed this week—by the rapidly changing national and local situation, by having to pack and move home suddenly, by worries over family members or friends, by their unfamiliarity with online systems of learning or inadequate internet.
- You may wish to consider extending due dates on assignments due this week, for example.
- If you do make an accommodation please be sure you extend it to the entire class, not just to individual students.
Be mindful of students in other time zones, especially for early classes/west coast students:
- Please allow west coast (or earlier time zone) students to watch a recording of the zoom session later in the day.
- Consider allowing the students to write commentaries on the lecture/sessions they have viewed (or use another method); the written commentaries will count as class attendance and participation.
Be mindful of students’ situation at home
Students who have returned home may face difficult challenges, such as the lack of a quiet place to study, write a paper, or to join your online class; the presence at home of younger siblings, anxious parents, elderly relatives; weak internet access or problematic devices.
Please be open to working with students to accommodate constraints on their ability to engage with your course online.