The Humanities Division has hired for the first time ever Online Pedagogy Assistants (OPAs) to provide additional support to faculty in their online and hybrid instruction before and during Autumn 2020.
Who are Online Pedagogy Assistants (OPAs)?
OPAs are graduate (PhD or MAPH) students in the Humanities Division, exclusively supporting Humanities Division Faculty and Instructors in their online instruction. See their individual bios.
What services do OPAs offer?
One-on-one hour-long consulting sessions to:
- Brainstorm about online teaching possibilities and pedagogical questions about online and hybrid teaching,
- Provide tech troubleshooting and informal training on Canvas, Zoom, and other platforms,
- Conduct a “dry run” of a synchronous course session,
- Observe your online course and offer class session feedback.
OPAs provide single consultation sessions, but they are not working with a single course throughout the Autumn Quarter.
Pedagogy and Platforms: Kickstart Your Online Teaching
Getting ready to teach online for the first time in the coming academic year, or looking to hone the online teaching skills you developed in Spring 2020? Give your teaching a kickstart by engaging with other faculty around key pedagogical principles and technical skills for online teaching. Developed by Academic Technology Solutions, the Chicago Center for Teaching, the Library Staff, the Writing Program, and the Humanities Division, through these five days of webinars and workshops, you can explore dimensions of inclusive, engaged online course design and pedagogy as well as the technological tools to support them.
One-on-one Online Course Design Consultations Across Campus
Visit Academic Technology Solutions’ Virtual Office Hours for help with using technology for teaching and learning. Zoom link and the most up-to-date schedule is available on ATS’ Workshop Schedule. ATS’s instructional designers are available to assist with projects big and small, from using Canvas, to creating digital course material, or implementing blended or hybrid learning. To learn more or request a consultation, visit Instructional Design. Canvas 24/7 how-to help is available via the Help menu item on the left once you have logged in to Canvas. (ATS website)
The Chicago Center for Teaching offers a range of confidential course consulting services to faculty and instructors focused on effective pedagogical principles in online teaching. (Chicago Center for Teaching website)
The Chicago Language Center offers one-on-one consultations on online pedagogy questions specific to instructors teaching language courses. (UChicago Box PDF from the CLC)
The Visual Resource Center in the Art History Department offers one-on-one consultations on pedagogy questions specific to instructors teaching art history courses online and other Humanities courses that engage with images, visual culture, material culture, etc… (VRC website)