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Staying Connected

Staying Connected: Navigating Changing Times Together at UD

The sudden campus closure mid-way through the 2020 spring term followed by mandated social distancing placed particular strains on faculty at UD and posed unique challenges few of us were fully prepared to handle alone. However, reaching out to peers for help and support was difficult and many of us began to feel isolated, cut off from a campus community that supported us for years.

Staying Connected is a program of weekly Zoom meetings offered by the Ryan C. Harris Learning Center during the summer of 2020 designed to help faculty maintain a sense of community, learn about campus initiatives, prepare for the fall term, and take better care of themselves. Each week, along with discussions of topics important to the participants, colleagues from across the institution offered information and advice to support faculty teaching, scholarship, and wellbeing.

Zoom sessions will be held on Wednesdays, 2:20-3:30, on these dates:

Future session dates:
All faculty are invited to participate. Invitations to sign up are sent out the week before the session. Recordings of each session will be posted below for viewing on demand; a UD username and password is required.

If you have any questions, contact Steve Wilhoit in the LTC (

To access past sessions (slides and recordings), see below:

September 2
Recording (discussion with Ryan Allen from eLearning)

September 16


September 30


October 28


November 11


Women's Center Presentation (PowerPoint)

February 11 - UD initiatives at the Arcade


UD Initiatves at The Hub (PowerPoint)

March 4 - Support for Faculty Research



Staying Connected March 2021 (PowerPoint)

Staying Connected Kristen Krupa (PowerPoint)

 March 21 - Online Learning Task Force



Enterprise Online Learning Task Force (PowerPoint)

Staying Connected: President's Commission on the Status of Women (PowerPoint)

April 15 - Staying Connected with Paul Benson


Session Recordings and Materials

The first session of Staying Connected took place on Wednesday, June 3, 2:00-3:15. At that session, in addition to discussing strategies for having a productive summer, David Bauer offered tips for working online and Justin Keen updated us on the new Early Launch program at UD. Steve Wilhoit hosted the session.

Watch recording
The Wednesday, June 10 session was preempted by a University Town Hall Meeting; both speakers were rescheduled for later sessions.

This session took place on Wednesday, June 17, 2:00-3:15. Heidi Gauder talked about faculty support available from Roesch Library (view presentation slides here) and Ryan Allen reviewed e-Learning's new resources for planning and delivering courses in the fall (view presentation slides here).

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This session took place on Wednesday, June 24, 2:00-3:15. David Wright presented on different models of online course design (hybrid vs high flex, for example) (view presentation slides here) and Merida Allen updated us on current and upcoming support services available through the Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center (MEC) (view presentation slides here).

Note: Only the audio is available from the session as the video recording became corrupt.

Listen to recording
This session took place on Wednesday, July 8, 2:00-3:15. Paul Dagnall helped us consider ways to build and sustain community while teaching online (view presentation slides here) and Karen Lovett discussed ways we might incorporate experiential learning into our fall classes (view presentation slides here).

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This session was on Wednesday, July 15, 2:00-3:15. Rebekah Lawhorn provided updates on the Student Success Network and Melissa Longino discussed fall plans being developed by the Student Support Services Operational Working Group (view presentation slides here).

Note: This session was not recorded.

This session was on Wednesday, July 22, 2:00-3:15. At the session, Leslie Picca reviewed the Academic Senate’s plans for the academic year (view presentation slides here) and Maci Rutledge shared resources and programs designed to promote faculty well-being this fall (view presentation slides here).

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The final session of Staying Connected took place on Wednesday, July 29, 2:00-3:15. At that session, Carolyn Phelps gave updates on the work of the Academics Path Forward group and its implications for teaching in the fall.

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