Focusing on our mental and physical health is something we should try to do every day--with the events of the past year and a half it is now more important than ever. To make it easy for you we’ve pulled together some selected resources for students to download and include in your course as you are making your updates in preparation for the new term.

Remote test proctoring tools are becoming more and more popular, but are they worth the potential emotional, psychological, physical, and financial harm to students?
Check out the first, introductory episode of ODDcast, the Online Learning Design and Program Development team's new podcast, to learn more about our team.

Video conferencing has become the new way of life. For many, in-person meetings, where there is the freedom to use different locations or take walking meetings, have been replaced with virtual meetings. We now leave our desks just a few times during the day, yet we find ourselves exhausted. Often referred to as “Zoom Fatigue,” it’s the feeling of tiredness or burnout after countless video meetings. Here are a few tips and tricks to help combat Zoom Fatigue and set your meetings apart!

One of the adjustments for our team in working remotely is that we have fewer impromptu conversations about current trends or topics in higher education. As part of a move to reconnect and promote scholarly discourse beyond our day-to-day work, several team members decided to participate in a mini bookclub to read and discuss Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead), edited by Susan D. Blum.

In online learning it is easy to get distracted by the latest technology. Don’t build your assignments around a tool. Instead, start with the student!
Consider how you can implement small changes in your courses to help improve accessibility and remove learning barriers for all students.
If major portions of your digital courses will take place synchronously, check out these student-focused tips for your course planning.
From sheltering in place to safer at home, it can be difficult separating our work and home lives when you are limited to the same physical space!

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