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The following communication was shared with instructors on Dec. 14, 2020. A PDF titled “remote teaching guidance for Spring 2021” was attached and is available to view/download here

Dear teaching colleagues,

I hope you are able to refresh and rejuvenate during this Winter Break, and that you can spend some quality time with family and loved ones.

I’m writing to share some tips and strategies for teaching remotely that were developed by the Continuity of Teaching team, based on feedback from UNC students on what worked well for them this fall. The student survey data was collected by the Office of Undergraduate Education. You may find this information useful as you design and prep your course curricula for spring.

Briefly, the top strategies that students reported worked well in the fall include:

  1. Course materials were easy to access and navigate.
  2. Students had regular opportunities to get to know one another.
  3. Zoom-based and recorded lectures were interspersed with other learning activities.
  4. Breakout rooms and forum assignments were designed to support meaningful interaction.

The attached pdf provides more detail and ideas for achieving each of these strategies. The information can also be found at this link on the KeepTeaching website. (I encourage you to check that site often; new content is continually being added.)

Thank you for all that you are doing during these difficult times to support our students. I’m heartened by the creativity and commitment evidenced throughout the College of Arts & Sciences since the switch to remote instruction happened last March.




Terry Ellen Rhodes, Dean

College of Arts & Sciences

205 South Building, CB # 3100

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3100




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