Westfield State plans to resume its traditional, on-campus schedule for fall 2020. Given the ongoing uncertainties related to COVID-19, we believe it is also prudent to develop contingency plans. Updates will be communicated as they become available.


Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

The Westfield State University Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning promotes discussion of and reflection on our faculty's ideas and concerns about teaching, learning, scholarship, and the profession. The Center seeks to foster a community that celebrates both the diversity of individual fields of study and the unity of academic inquiry.

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Remote teaching resources:

Spring 2020 was a challenging semester. Our future is still uncertain, and although the plan as of now is to go on ground, we want to be prepared for alternate scenarios of teaching remotely or use the hybrid model if health and safety requirements require us to do so. This resource webpage seeks to provide some resources that may help faculty and students prepare for the future semester and support them in someway.





Conversations around (remote) Teaching and Learning


Supporting your students


Working Remotely




Remote Teaching Resources


College Specific Resources

One option for delivering instruction if campuses open this fall: HyFlex | Inside Higher Ed

Hybrid-Flexible Course Design - EdTech Books

COVID-19 Planning for Fall 2020: A Closer Look at Hybrid-Flexible Course Design - PhilOnEdTech

Episode 1: Considering Hybrid (Flexible) Models – MindWires Consulting

Can we talk about hybrid-flexible models for the fall?

Blendflex lets students toggle between online or face-to-face courses

A consistent, mission-aligned instructional framework for the fall and beyond (opinion) | Inside Higher Ed

Overcoming Burnout and Compassion Fatigue in Higher Education

Are Colleges Ready for a Different Kind of Teaching This Fall?

Instructors describe the impact of the shift to remote on colleges on the quarter system, plus other topics | Inside Higher Ed

The advantages of block scheduling can offer when colleges reopen (opinion) | Inside Higher Ed

The pandemic brings home the need to focus on humane and meaningful student learning experiences (opinion) | Inside Higher Ed

Are You a Victim of Zoom Fatigue? | Inside Higher Ed

5 Myths About Remote Teaching in the Covid-19 Crisis

Conversations around (remote) Teaching and Learning

Conversations around (Remote) Teaching and Learning: Coping and Hoping

Conversations around (Remote) Teaching and Learning: Library Resources during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Conversations around (Remote) Teaching and Learning: Standing in the Eye of the Storm Relaxation Techniques for Resiliency & Perspective

Conversations around (Remote) Teaching and Learning: End of the Semester: What to Expect- Ask Us Anything

Notes from CoTL April 7th Conversation: Supporting your students during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Library Resource Session PowerPoint

Conversations: Career support for students during the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Maintaining the Campus Experience in the Time of Social Distancing | Inside Higher Ed

How Online Learning Can Strengthen Our Democracy | Inside Higher Ed

Why Is Zoom So Exhausting? - The Chronicle of Higher Education

What Do Final Exams Mean During a Pandemic?

The Wiley Network COVID-19 Resources

Faculty Focus: Transforming Your Lectures into Online Videos

Faculty Focus: Mindfulness in the (Online) Classroom

The Chronicle of Higher Education: A Side Effect of the Covid-19 Pandemic? Reading Got a Lot Harder

Unequal access to learning, a fall without students and another MOOC moment? | Inside Higher Ed

Lessons for Learning After the Crisis

Rewriting the Syllabus

How University Faculty Embraced the Remote Learning Shift

Editorial: Coronavirus outbreak gives colleges a chance to revive a system already breaking

How to Reconnect With Students and Strengthen Your Remote Course

6 Steps to Prepare for an Online Fall Semester

What the Shift to Virtual Learning Could Mean for the Future of Higher Ed

The Difference Between Emergency Remote Teaching and Online Learning

Welcome to Your Hastily Prepared Online College Course, by Ryan Weber

Going Online in a Hurry: What to Do and Where to Start By Michelle D. Miller

Resources For Teaching and Learning During This Period of Social Distancing by Paul Darvasi

Teaching Practices for Your Virtual Classroom

Retaining High-Risk Students Amid the Coronavirus

Turning the Tide on Online Learning

8 Ways to Be More Inclusive in Your Zoom Teaching

Handling exams when your course unexpectedly moves online,  posted on March 13, 2020 by Lisa Kurz

Eight Steps to a Smoother Transition to Online Teaching, by J.A. Miller

Five Ways to Promote Student Autonomy in Online Discussions, by Cassandra Sardo and Justin York

Coronavirus: 14 simple tips for better online teaching

Hope Matters, by Mays Imad 

7 science-based ways to cope with coronavirus anxiety, by Jelena Kecvanovic (resource provided by Father Savage)

Work Remotely

Inclusive Pedagogy

Inclusion, Equity, and Access While Teaching Remotely

How to Recover the Joy of Teaching After an Online Pivot

‘Nobody Signed Up for This’: One Professor’s Guidelines for an Interrupted Semester

For the Love of Learning

The Shift to Remote Learning: The Human Element

An Unprecedented Challenge

Zoomnosis: Avoiding Mischief and Mayhem in the Great Leap to Zoom

Tips for Faculty, from Faculty 

As Covid-19 Erases Line Between Work and Home, Professors Learn to Teach Remotely While Watching Their Kids

The Online Learning Collective

One Shining Moment

ACUE’s Online Teaching Toolkit

Redefining What’s Fair in Your Transition to Online

When the Tide Goes Out: Identifying and Supporting Struggling Students in Online Courses

Faculty Work/Life Balance During the Crisis

‘On a Desert Island With Your Students’: Professors Discuss the Weirdness of Teaching Remotely in a Pandemic

2 Principles Guiding My Reluctant Online Conversion

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Important Advising Information - 3/18/2020 2:36 PM

Coronovirus Update Page -  3/18/2020 12:32 PM

Reading & Writing Center -  3/18/2020 10:16 AM

Mental Health and COVID-19 – Information and Resources -3/18/2020 8:35 AM

CURCA brief update - 3/17/2020 1:44 PM

Important Academic Continuity Information -  3/11/2020 3:45 PM

Work Remotely

If you have students who were unable to get back to campus for their textbooks, they may be able to borrow an ebook for free until May 25 through Vitalsource.  I've been able to find most of the textbooks I use on this site. Here's information on how to access the book.

Spring 2020 CURCA Updates and Deadlines - 3/23/2020 9:38 PM

Resources for Faculty - 3/24/2020 11:20 AM

Resources and ideas for remote learning - 3/26/2020 11:05 AM

Important Update for Faculty from MSCA Chapter President and Provost - 3/30/2020 11:09 AM

FAQs: Temporary Pass/Fail Policy

Zoom Bombing from Chris Hirtle

Update on Counseling Resources available to WSU students - 3/31/2020 4:42pm

How to stop trolls from taking over your Zoom call

Free remote access to HeinOnline Academic - 4/6/2020 12:04PM

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Supporting your students

Faculty Center - Library Resources During the Coronavirus Pandemic

What One College President Learned About Remote Teaching by Becoming a Student

The Quandary: How Available Should Faculty Members Be to Students Online?

Conversations around (Remote) Teaching and Learning: Notes Career support during the Pandemic


When the Tide Goes Out: Identifying and Supporting Struggling Students in Online Courses | Faculty Focus


Westfield State University Career Center - Remote Work with Students and Faculty Collaborations

Academic Support and Tutoring Services

If you are a student with a documented disability, please contact disability services at ds@westfield.ma.edu  and if you are part of the learning disabilities program contact ldp@westfield.ma.edu.

All students have access to online tutoring through the University’s online learning management system (PLATO). If you have never logged onto PLATO, you may do that here.

The Banacos Academic Center provides a peer tutoring program which will continue online or by phone for the remainder of the spring semester.  Students should contact their tutor to determine how they will proceed. Students in need of a tutor may request a tutor online (http://www.westfield.ma.edu/academics/peer-tutoring)

The Center for Reading and Writing will provide student support through remote means.  Please sign up for an appointment at their website:


STEM Tutoring (i.e., mathematics and sciences) will offer online appointments during their regularly scheduled times. The STEM tutoring website will have directions for securing remote appointments beginning Monday, March 23  (http://www.westfield.ma.edu/colleges/college-of-mathematics-and-sciences/stem-tutoring)

Reading and Writing Center

Please let your students know that the Reading and Writing Center is up and running online. After I trained the writing consultants (who are both staff and students), we started conducting online sessions this week. The sessions are going really well, and the students we have worked with are still deeply invested in their writing projects. I was impressed by the number of students who chose to keep their appointments this week.

Pass this link onto your students with these instructions:


First time Reading and Writing Center users: Click on "Make an Appointment" and then "Register for an Account." Once you've signed in, the white boxes are available appointments. Click on the one that works with your schedule.

For your online session:

Step 1: a few minutes before you session, sign into WC Online and click on your appointment.


Step 3: a pop up should open asking you to enable video and microphone.

Step 4: the writing consultant will start the session with you by asking what you'd like to work on. Feel free to paste the assignment and, if you have one, a draft in the white board.

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Working Remotely

Data Classification Criteria Guideline

Data Classification Policy

Remote Access Policy

Top 5 Steps to Securely Work from Home

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Registration Information

Advisor Dashboard Instructions

Advisor Email

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College Specific Resources


QUBES: is focused on teaching statistics, quantitative biology, mathematics

SERC: has a variety of interdisciplinary sites and activities - including topics in climate change, environmental science, geography, geology, social science.  There are examples of online materials that could also be adapted to any topic as well.

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From the American Historical Association

From the Modern Language Association

From the American Sociological Association



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Remote Teaching Resources

Zoom Conferencing and Zoom Bombing

Zoom Basics with Robert Chatt

How to stop trolls from taking over your Zoom call

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Online Teaching Basics: Improving Student Learning While Saving Faculty Time - 5/27 @ 2:00 pm EST

The Unexpected Transition To Remote Learning and What’s Ahead For Fall: A Conversation - 5/19 @ 2:00 pm EST

How Resilience and Hope Can Shape a New Normal For Learning and Teaching - 5/15 @ 2:00 pm EST

The Future of the Faculty - 5/15 @ 2:00 PM

The Chronicle of Higher Education - TRACK I: Faculty Resilience and the Coronavirus

Shaping Teaching and Learning to Address a Global Health Crisis: Covid-19 and Global Health - Friday, May 1 @ 2:00 PM EST

Inclusive Teaching in the Online Classroom - Friday, May 1 @ 2:00 PM EST

Designing High-Impact Practices for Equity and Impact in New Contexts | Association of American Colleges & Universities

2020 Webinar: Democracy Despite Disruption - April 24th 2pm EST

Student Success: Everyone's Responsibility - April 21st

"Faculty Work/Life Balance During the Crisis"

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