Teaching Resources

Teaching Resources

Helpful Links

Syllabus Templates (Box Files)

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Remote Learning and Digital Collaboration

Inclement weather, illness, community emergencies, personal matters or other circumstances can impact our course and campus schedules. For helpful suggestions–from easy to heavy lift–on how to stay on track when the unexpected arises, find our resources here.

Teaching About and Through the Election

Our students, the classroom environment, and the content that we teach are not separate from broader social events and context. Whether or not you teach content well-aligned with issues most salient in the upcoming election, as you consider how to address the potential impact of the election in your classroom. Vanderbilt’s Center for Teaching offers several ideas here, The New York Times has shared these 11 ways to engage students, or you may find helpful resources in this “day after” guide or post-election to-do list. Additionally, our colleagues at the University of Michigan have developed a series of resources that may be of use for teaching about the 2020 election, structuring classroom discussions around related issues, and helping students channel reactions to election results into positive action that may be of use. The Scholars Strategy Network has published similar ideas here

Four considerations of note include: 

  • Facilitating Difficult Dialogue and Respectful Disagreement – Creating an environment where students feel comfortable expressing a wide range of perspectives and opinions inevitably will reveal disagreements. What does respectful discourse look like, and what conditions need to be met in order for it to happen? It may be time to reinforce classroom norms and expectations with your students. Project Pericles offers a free deliberative dialogue discussion guide. Professor Danielle Vinson has developed pre- and post-election discussion guides to draw from as you consider conversations in your classroom. 
  • Freedom of Expression and the First Amendment – Elections present ample opportunities to discuss free speech and freedom of expression in your classroom. Although Furman guarantees student freedom of expression, there are limits to free expression in the classroom when there is a “material and substantial disruption” to class or school activities or when the form of expression defames, threatens, or incites violence. You might reference Furman’s classroom disruption policy with your students. 
  • Media & Information Literacy – The plethora of information sources available today via any number of digital platforms provides rich ground for discussions about media and information literacy. How do students evaluate the credibility and reliability of the information they consume pre- and post-election? How might these skills be useful in and outside of the classroom? These resources on evaluating sources from the Duke Library may come in handy. 
  • Reflective Practice – Creating space for students to reflect on and process the significance of the moment both personally and as a member of your classroom community might provide a valuable outlet for your students to make sense of election results and make connections to the central concepts/content of your course. Consider guidance in this resource on implementing reflection in your academic courses 

However you plan to engage your students around the election, if at all, these trauma-informed pedagogy reminders may come in handy as you help students process election results. 

Library

The Furman University Libraries offers many opportunities for collaboration and classroom support.  If you plan to use research assignments in your classes, the Outreach Services Librarians are your best resource for designing and implementing those assignments. They provide invaluable help for faculty in crafting research assignments and for students in conducting research.  Each academic department, major, and minor has a Library Liaison who is available to support your teaching and research.

Writing and Media Lab

The Writing & Media Lab (WML) is Furman’s writing center and multimedia composition center.  The WML helps students through one-on-one consultations about writing assignments, video projects, presentations, and more.  The staff of the WML can also help you plan, design, and implement multimedia assignments in your classes.  If you’re interested in asking your students to create a video, podcast, or other multimedia composition project, contact Jean Schwab, WML Assistant Director, for a consultation about your assignment.

Lightboard Studio

The Blended Learning Studio (BLS) is a resource for faculty and students, which provides a space for creating instructional videos and supplemental materials for class. Lecture capture, student project support, screencasting help, and other requests are supported.​​​  The BLS is also the home of the Furman Lightboard, a teaching tool for instructional video that allows lecturers to write on a board while facing their students. It significantly improves lecture capture by eliminating the problem of the whiteboard, which requires instructors to turn away from their students to write. There is also little to no post-production, so the process is quick.  Contact  Information Technology Services (ITS) for an appointment to talk about how you might use the Lightboard in your classes.

Information and Technology Services

Information Technology & Services (ITS) connects you with many technology and teaching resources on campus.  From workshops and technology support to collaborating on using technology in your classes effectively, ITS can partner with you.  The ITS website has Faculty & Staff Resources as well as a list of available services and collaboration tools.