Resources for parenting and teaching during COVID-19

Kim Fournier, Associate Director for UNM Center for Teaching Excellence, and Stephanie Spong, Senior Operations Manager for the UNM Center for Teaching and Learning, give tips and recommendations on how to best transition to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Information about summer opportunities and fall plans for UNM, APS, and other school districts is changing rapidly. We do our best to keep the most current information here. Whether you want to upgrade your on-line teaching skills, keep up with plans for the fall, or find a way to keep your kids entertained, we’ve got information!

We’re compiling non-teaching related faculty-relevant COVID-19 policies and processes here, and the UNM COVID-19 page is here. UNM’s Bringing Back the Pack page is here.


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Preparing for fall 2020

The Teaching Modalities available for Fall, and additional guidance on planning for the Fall are now available here. The Center for Teaching Excellence has additional information and registration for workshops on their Preparing for Fall 2020 website, here.


UNM online teaching resources

Online tools for supporting instruction from UNM IT Academic Technologies.

Starting from scratch with Learn

Getting started with Blackboard Learn

Recording videos with Kaltura, which is part of Learn.


Spring 2020 student teaching evaluations

Faculty can opt out of implementing student evaluations of teaching by April 23rd. Faculty who chose to implement student evaluations of teaching can elect to not use them in annual and milestone reviews. The policy is here. 


Tools to know about

Techsmith, which makes several helpful online teaching tools like screencast recorders, is offering some of its software for free during the pandemic.

Zoom and Zoom Pro can help professors hold class meetings. It is free with a UNM net ID. You can share your screen with students.

This video, How to hold a class with Zoom, an iPad and a digital pencil by Michelle Pacansky-Brock @brocansky has helpful hints.

Google Hangouts allows groups to join a video conference. Allows screen sharing.

Blackboard Collaborate, which is built into Learn, allows group video chats and has a white board function that allows you to share Power Points, etc.

Skype is another free tool for delivering class lectures online. Here’s a video tutorial.



Credit / no credit grading

The home page of the Office of the University Registrar has a red box with COVID-19 links. The last item is a link to a pdf on the CR/NC process.


CR/NC for Faculty and Undergraduate Students: The COVID-19 Student Resources page of the Office of Advising Strategies has information on the pros and cons of switching to CR/NC and how to implement the grade change option.


CR/NC for Faculty and Graduate Students: The Graduate Studies COVID-19 information includes information on CR/NC for Graduate Students.


Other tips for managing online classes 

How to Make Your Online Pivot Less Brutal is a good place to start.

The Teaching Effectively in Times of Disruption guide by technology specialists at Stanford University is full of recommendations and resources.

The Chronicle of Higher Education has this guidebook for teaching online.

Inside Higher Ed has this piece where 17 instructors offer their peers advice on teaching online.

The EduBlogger has this extensive list of resources and other info for teaching online, written by Kathleen Morris (@kathleen_morris).

Building Rapport to Improve Retention in Online Classes, by Rebecca Glazier Offers tips on how to build rapport with students in online classes in order to increase student success. 

Inside Higher Ed also offers advice here: So you want to temporarily teach online.  


Tips for working at home with kids

Many faculty will be juggling child care duties as they try to teach online or prepare online class materials. The people at Buffer, a company that makes a social media scheduling tool, share these tips (and some cute kid pics.) 

The New York Times’ Smarter Living section also put together these tips.

You might also enjoy How to Prepare for Extended School Closings — and Not Lose Your Mind.

This list from CNN also has some fun ideas for the kiddos.

The magazine Parents put together this list of tips too, including the importance of having a daily schedule (for you and the kids!)


Fun and helpful resources and activities

The Department of Individual, Family and Community Education in the College of Education and Human Sciences has an initiative to promote Well-being at School and Home in New Mexico with a link to their newsletter on Home Summering here. The newsletter has a lot of links to a range of resources.


Summer Youth Programs and Resources in ABQ and NM are available via an alphabetical list here, located on the website.


APS@Home is collaborating with KNME to broadcast daily lessons for K-5 students starting June 15th. More information about this and other resources is available here


The CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall on COVID-19 is here


Albuquerque Murals Tour is an informative and beautiful tour of murals throughout Albuquerque.

Ask the Maxwell: The Maxwell has a range of resources online. One potentially fun opportunity is the “ask Maxwell Friday.” Encourage your kids to send questions!

Check out the creative activities for kids at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

You can engage with the Albuquerque Museum online.

There are interactive educational resources for parents and teachers on the ABQ Biopark Connect.

Try This at Home” includes local resources consolidated on this city website.

The Washington Post has updated its “Ultimate Parents’ Guide to Summer Activity Resources”.


K-12 and the Fall: What do we know?

The APS Coronavirus page is here, and their re-entry plan is here.  The NM Public Education Department announced their Reentry Guidance on June 23rd, recommending a hybrid approach at the start of the school year. Recent public statements on the fall include: