With excellence in student learning as our fundamental goal, Santa Clara University has devoted extensive time and resources to build upon the lessons, technologies, and experiences gained when we shifted suddenly to 100% remote learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As we look to reopen campus, we are excited to have developed innovative, flexible, inclusive, and adaptive methods for educating our students. Dedicated faculty will maximize students' in-person experiences while augmenting the learning environment with new technologies and modes of teaching, learning, and interacting. And we will do so while keeping the health, safety, and well-being of our entire campus as our top priority.
Jesuit education has always adapted to changing world circumstances. Our faculty are providing dynamic learning environments that work best for the content they teach and for their students.
The Faculty Collaborative for Teaching Innovation has worked with our faculty to provide strategies for success in the blended learning environment, addressing what evidence-based practices for online teaching exist and how to implement these practices using SCU’s suite of technology tools. The immersive “Creating Optimal Online Learning” (COOL) program, delivered in collaboration with the Association of University and College Educators (ACUE), prepares faculty to implement evidence-based teaching practices shown to improve student achievement and close equity gaps.
In addition, many units on campus are setting up alternative ways for SCU students to connect with one another and with faculty and staff virtually or over social media. In the Jesuit tradition of humanistic education, students will pursue new forms of learning and engagement, deepen their connections with one another, and apply their knowledge and faith to build a more humane, just, and sustainable world.
We have explored a number of strategies to provide in-person learning environments that are healthy, safe and optimal for learning. We are implementing enhanced safety measures in buildings and classrooms, including the appropriate flow of pedestrian traffic. We are considering best practices for social distancing in order to achieve the appropriate capacity and density level in each instructional space. Given the impact these factors will have on our classroom availability and capacity, we are also looking into expanding class times and identifying all potential instructional spaces on campus.