This is a blog that contains teaching resources for McKelvey faculty and instructors.

Next Steps for McKelvey Teaching in Spring 2021

As indicated by Chancellor Martin’s message, Washington University in St. Louis will shift to remote instruction for the first two weeks of the Spring 2021 Semester. Loosely adhering to the adage that “[a] good start is half the battle,” the McKelvey Instructional Design Team encourages instructors to be intentional with the construction of their Canvas […]

Teaching tools: Piazza vs. discussion boards

Canvas and many other software apps can be used to encourage interaction and build communication spaces. In McKelvey, the two most straightforward approaches are Canvas Discussion Boards and Piazza. Each can accomplish similar goals; however, each also has its own capabilities. Canvas Discussion Boards can create long discussion chains and foster a sense of student […]

Online Community Building: Inclusive teaching

What is it? Inclusive teaching refers to pedagogy that strives to serve the needs of all students—students of all backgrounds and identities—and supports their engagement with subject material. Why do it? There are many reasons to embrace inclusive teaching. The most compelling reason, however, may be linked to the understanding that students who feel included […]

Online community building: Engaging students

When planning your course, it’s helpful to think about your course content in terms of the content that students can experience and learn outside of class (asynchronous work), and the content for which you really want to be present (synchronous work).  From there, you can build out your course map or plan. To visualize this process, […]

Online community building: Icebreakers

A key part of any online learning community is the building of that community.  Students must be made to feel welcome in the digital environment.  Getting to know both their peers and instructors sets students up for successful interactions later in the course.  There are many strategies that can be used, but frequently, relying on fun, light-hearted […]