Keep Teaching Team Earns Citation of Excellence
CEE-ATS Website Provided Critical Support During Pandemic
A team of Center for Educational Effectiveness staff, with their partners in Academic Technology Services, have been awarded the Staff Assembly’s Citation of Excellence - Campus and Community Contributions Team Award for their work on the Keep Teaching website. CEE members Cecilia Gomez, Tiffany Johnson, Barbara Mills, Marco Molinaro, Meryl Motika, Michelle Rossi, Kem Saichaie, Matt Steinwachs, and Patricia Turner were recognized, alongside a number of ATS colleagues.
The award was given in recognition of the team’s efforts to rapidly develop, launch, and continually update the website, which has provided UC Davis faculty and instructors critical tools and resources to help them teach remotely during the pandemic.
Rapid Response was Essential in Early Pandemic
The CEE-ATS team sprung into action literally overnight in when in-person final exams were barred at the end of winter quarter 2020. The team’s first order of business was to offer alternatives to in-person exams. Within days they had created the initial website, met with hundreds of faculty, and set up an on-campus computer lab to allow students lacking the necessary technology for remote-proctored exams.
After exam week, the team supported the rapid pivot to remote learning in Spring 2020. The Keep Teaching website continuously adapted, adding new technologies and best practices for emergency remote instruction as information became available. CEE Learning and Teaching team also developed a “Student Resources” page with strategies for remote learning, connecting to mobile wifi, and steps to request a loaner laptop. KeepTeaching hosted the loaner laptop and hotspot program for students in need.
Online Workshops for Faculty and TAs
CEE Learning and Teaching made all of their workshops for faculty and teaching assistants available online, providing critical training for equity, inclusion and anti-racism in the classroom along with essential topics such as shifting away from problematic proctored finals to multiple low-stakes assessment methods, which are more equitable in the emergency remote environment.
Campus to Global Impact
The KeepTeaching website was also used by viewers worldwide, with nearly 200,000 pageviews since its launch in March 2020.
“I don’t think it’s possible to overstate the role of the Keep Teaching website in helping UC Davis weather the storm of COVID-19 over the past year and a half, particularly during the early stages of the pandemic. Suddenly shifting to remote teaching was a huge and daunting undertaking for our faculty and instructors, and the Keep Teaching resources were invaluable for them to be successful in that effort. This was a well-deserved award for a herculean and critical effort,” said Cynthia Ching, interim Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education.