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Online Teaching and Learning

Dear Vols,

On Monday we will embark on what, for many, will be an entirely new way of teaching and learning. Now more than ever, it’s important to stay connected with one another and to give each other grace as we all figure out how to operate in this new environment.

Students, remember that your professors want to see you succeed and that moving lessons and assignments online with little notice takes a lot of work, time, and creativity. They may not have all the details ironed out on day one.

Instructors, remember that your students are also adjusting to this new reality. Some have never learned this way and may need a little more guidance.

It’s OK to feel anxious and overwhelmed. It’s OK if it takes some time to adjust to this new pace and format. It’s OK to need help—just make sure you ask for it.

This is not how anyone envisioned finishing our spring semester, but our resilience and compassion in this moment will make us all better students, teachers, and Volunteers.

I wish you all good luck as we come together to finish this semester strong.

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Donde Plowman
Chancellor