March 24, 2020
Online Teaching Strategies & Tools 5
'Nobody Signed Up For This'
Felice Martedi!

Happy Tuesday

One Professor’s Guidelines for an Interrupted Semester

Brandon L. Bayne was trying to plot out a plan for a disrupted semester when he took a big step back. Like many faculty members around the country, Bayne, an associate professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, recently learned that he would soon be teaching his face-to-face courses remotely, as colleges shut down in-person instruction due to the coronavirus pandemic.

For Bayne’s students, the crisis is just the latest and most dramatic disruption of their college experience. Over the last couple of years, he says, they have faced two hurricanes, two water-main breaks, and a lot of upheaval over the controversy surrounding the university’s well-known Confederate monument, Silent Sam, which was toppled by protesters in 2018.

Bayne was planning to revise the assignments for “Religion in America,” a course with 120 students, predominantly juniors and seniors. But he realized that he first wanted to write out some guiding principles.

To continue reading this article, please click here

Let's Chat

I have setup a WebEx Gather & Share for Thursday, March 26, 2020 @3:45pm to discuss this article and get your thoughts and ideas on how you are approaching this crisis.

Here's the WebEx link:

Copy and paste this link in your web browser and it will take you to the WebEx meeting. Send me an email to let me know if you plan on attending:
Subject: "I'll be there"

Let's continue to communicate

Featured Magna Webinar

The Magna 20-Minute Webinar is a valuable tool and I want to encourage you to take full advantage. Here's the accessing information:

Accessing Webinars:

These licensed Magna resources are available through a password-protected website. For access, faculty need to:
  • Log into MSU’s employee portal;
  • Look under the My Classes (Blackboard) section for the Magna Training Site;
  • If Magna isn't showing up in your list of courses, please send a request to be added to
  • When you click on the Magna Training Site, the Blackboard shell will open. Select Magna Campus and then select 20-Minute Mentor Commons.
Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning (FCTL)
Morehead State University