Remote Yet Together: Teaching, Learning, & Community

Being Remote Together
By: 
Nathan Romond
Teaching and Learning Specialist

Despite the fact that many of us have been working, teaching, learning, and socializing online since last March, we understand that this has been a very different fall than any of us anticipated. It can be hard to know what will happen next. And sometimes it may feel like each new day brings new challenges. But as we continue to adapt and adjust together, we hope you know you can rely on us. While being together online is not the same as being together face-to-face, (no matter how much we wish it was), we are still here for you. And we will do all we can to make the distance of engaging “remotely” feel less remote.

Whether it is finding and accessing customized resources to help you meet your studying, researching, or writing needs, or finding a community to help support you during this quarter, we are here for you. We offer a number of resources and services to help you meet your teaching and learning needs, and we want to hear from you if there is something you need that you can’t find.

Person's arm with hand holding a pen writing on paper with coffee and a notebook in the backgroundWhile the library buildings are closed at this time, both the Tutoring Center and the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio are open online. Maybe you are looking for a virtual space to connect with others while studying? Or you want to learn some time management strategies that can be especially helpful in this new remote learning environment? The Tutoring Center is available online for one-on-one support and group consultations. If you are a WWU student, you can use the Tutoring Center to meet with classmates or find a study partner, and we also offer tutoring support for students enrolled in math or science GUR courses.

Would you like someone to provide feedback and strategies on a draft paper? Maybe you’re stuck on how to move forward with tackling a large paper? Or perhaps you just need citation assistance. The Hacherl Research & Writing Studio is available to every student at Western, and faculty can also connect with the Studio to learn more about how we can support your specific course.

If it is community connection you are craving, we are partnering this quarter on a special Teaching-Learning Academy dialogue event with our friends in the Western Gallery on Thursday, October 29th from 12-1:30 pm via Zoom. This particular dialogue event will also highlight the culminating projects of recent BFA graduates while exploring the question: “How do we communicate or express perceptions of our self to those around us?” Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to participate in this dialogue forum which utilizes frameworks for creating more equitable and inclusive teaching and learning experiences.

Not sure about what you need? Or maybe you have questions about how we can be here for you? Please reach out to us via text (360.797.5910), email us at LearningCommons@wwu.edu or contact us through online chat.

Published on: 10/04/2020 - 1:42pm