Book cover of "Online, Open, and Equitable Education: Lessons from Teaching and Learning during the Global Pandemic" Edited by Nancy Turner, Nick Baker, David J. Hornsby, Aline Germain-Rutherford, David Graham, and Brad Wuetherick

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“Thrust into the Fire” describes the development of a teaching and learning center at Nipissing University amidst the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The chapter outlines how the university’s Teaching Hub, which opened just before the pandemic, supported faculty transitioning to online teaching. Key themes include skill-building, mindset shifts, and leveraging relationships. The Hub began with minimal staff but expanded rapidly, integrating learning technologists and enhancing faculty capabilities. The narrative reflects on the collaborative efforts and strategic decisions that enabled the Hub to effectively support both faculty and students during this tumultuous period. The success of these initiatives was recognized with a Blackboard Catalyst Award, highlighting the global significance of the Hub’s achievements in a short time.

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Discussion Questions

  • How did the creation of the Teaching Hub at Nipissing University exemplify proactive and adaptive responses to the sudden need for online teaching?
  • What were the key factors that contributed to the Teaching Hub’s ability to effectively support faculty during the transition to online learning?
  • How did the Hub manage to expand and improve its services during the pandemic, despite initial limitations in staffing and resources?
  • Discuss the impact of the “trialogue” approach used in the chapter. How did this narrative technique enhance the understanding of the different perspectives within the institution?
  • What lessons can other institutions learn from the strategies employed by Nipissing University’s Teaching Hub in managing the crisis brought on by the pandemic?
  • Reflect on the importance of building and sustaining community as discussed in the chapter. How did this focus influence the outcomes for the faculty and students at Nipissing University?