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Instruction and Pedagogy

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Instruction and Pedagogy

Instructor feedback is particularly important for students in your in-person class and for students who may be temporarily absent. You are encouraged to provide feedback during office hours or via tools such as Canvas. If you wish to provide feedback via Canvas, see Canvas feedback guidance.

Instructors should set clear standards of behavior and communicate expectations early in the semester. If disruptive behavior occurs, you should confront the behavior. If the student continues to be disruptive, you should ask the student to leave the class, notify your unit head, and file a report online with the Office of Student Conduct. Additionally, staff in the Office of Student Conduct are available to discuss your concern at studentconduct@psu.edu.

Check the University Libraries’ Ebooks and Other Course Materials to determine if the materials are available to students. If not, you can provide in Canvas most materials needed for students to successfully complete the course.

You can also send your own scans of materials to be posted in e-reserves. To submit materials, please complete the request form and email accompanying scans to ul-reserveshelp@lists.psu.edu

For assistance with copyright-related issues, please fill out the Copyright, Publishing, and Open Access form or book an appointment with a librarian from the Office of Scholarly Communications and Copyright.

No, instructors are not required to provide courses in delivery modes other than the delivery mode designated for their course. Instructors should consider how students may make up missed work if students are out for short periods of time.  

Students are expected to attend all classes in-person. Instructors should follow Faculty Senate policy 42-27—Class Attendance.

Students can collaborate in Zoom or using digital tools such as Canvas groups. GSuite for Education, or Microsoft Teams that provide workspace, communication, and file sharing. Students have many other online applications to collaborate remotely (i.e., Zoom, Hangouts, etc.).

Whether teams are all in residence, or all online, CATME is an option for peer evaluations. This tool requires some initial setup. CATME is a paid service. You will have to discuss this with your academic unit regarding fees.

Review the class recording guidelines created for instructors.

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