Mitigating Disruption through Collaboration
The rapid shift from face-to-face interactions to online/remote teaching in the Winter 2020 term has been one of the most disruptive shifts in the history of Post-Secondary Education (PSE). In the coming months our institutions will be called upon to balance delivering high quality online learning while making an argument for the deep and enduring value of face-to-face learning. One of the core strengths of our institutions is the many opportunities for in-person engagement with extraordinary faculty and staff. With the suspension of on-campus and in-person activities at our four campuses in mid-March 2020, colleagues across the Maple League moved quickly to connect with each other to provide support and resources for faculty, administrators, staff and students in virtual communities.
Turning Challenges into Opportunities
The Maple League provides us an opportunity to shift from crisis management to a tactical, entrepreneurial approach in the light of COVID-19 and respond to longer-term pressures. In the light of the crisis precipitated by the global pandemic, the two guiding questions at the heart of this consortium – “what can we do together that we cannot do on our own?” and “how does working together enhance what we do on our individual campuses?” – are more relevant (and indeed more urgent) than ever.
Pedagogical Support for Online Delivery
The Maple League Teaching & Learning Committee (MLTLC) has been planning longer-term support in Spring/Summer and Fall 2020 for alternative delivery of courses and how we can support faculty and students. The MLTLC has designed longer-term pedagogical support for:
- 1. Curating resources in a Virtual MLTLC
- 2. Providing pedagogical triage (open office hours for faculty) for Spring/Summer and Fall 2020 with individualized support
- 3. Designing professional development (e.g. online spring institute to help faculty teach online)
- 4. Facilitating focus groups and surveys for faculty needs assessment to ensure pedagogical support is relevant, timely, and high impact
We are currently hiring for a Director of the MLTLC to design and implement innovative programming to help faculty prepare their courses for Fall 2020.
For more information on this opportunity: Director, Virtual Maple League Teaching and Learning Centre