Now that we have completed two weeks of remote teaching, it is the ideal time to have a “how’s it going” conversation with your students. This personal outreach can be beneficial in seeing how each one of your students is adapting to their new learning environment and if they are experiencing any new personal, family, or work-related changes that may be impacting their learning. While some students who are struggling will reach out to you on their own, others may not share any challenges they are experiencing until they are asked.
Some faculty have found value in having a phone call or Zoom session with each student. Others have reached out using a personalized e-mail to each student. No matter what your preference may be, you may consider asking your students questions such as:
- How can I help you?
- How are you adapting to the changes in your life?
- How are you adapting to the changes in our class?
- Is my communication with the class working for you?
- Have the videos or presentations I created been helpful?
- Are you able to understand assignment instructions and due dates?
- Is there something else I should know that is making learning hard for you at this time?
When reconnecting with your students, they may express issues or concerns that expand beyond your course. The Keep Learning – Guide to Remote Learning at UIS may direct you to campus resources that may be of assistance in helping them. The Counseling Center can provide remote sessions for students. TeleHealth appointments can be requested from Health Services. Other Student Affairs Offices and Centers can be reached via e-mail or via voice message.