Teaching Students Under Stress: Building Community and Collaboration during COVID

Thursday, May 20 | 3:15PM–4:00PM ET
Session Type: Breakout Session
Delivery Format: Live Session

COVID-19 teaching provided many challenges. Beyond learning new technologies to reach students online, the social isolation and stress of students reinforced the need to create a sense of community and belonging. Efforts to create community from the outset needed to be supported by opportunities for students to work collaboratively throughout the semester. Learn about the framework our center promotes to help faculty conceptualize their course as a community and the role collaboration plays in the process. Consider specific approaches to create a sense of belonging, connection, and ownership over one’s learning. Discuss the proposed resources, including workshops, faculty learning communities, and online media we created to effectively prepare faculty to build community in their online and hybrid courses.


  • Rachel Gunderson

    Instructional Designer, Cornell University
  • Ksenia Ionova

    Instructional Designer, Cornell University
  • Rob Vanderlan

    Executive Director, Center for Teaching Innovation, Cornell University