The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects about the way we live, work and interact with one another. Many universities have transitioned to online learning to protect the health, safety and well-being of faculty and students. The MPSA has curated some resources to provide assistance to both faculty and students who are teaching and learning in this new online educational environment.

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Teaching Online


Twitter post by Brian m. Watson (@brimwats) linking to a resource by Indian University’s Vice Provost with resources and steps to take to “keep teaching during prolonged campus or building closures.”

Jenae Cohn and Beth Seltzer, Stanford University
Teaching Effectively During Times of Disruption

Getting Started

IHE Teaching Continuity Ideas

Blog post on HASTAC by Jacque Wernimont thinking through moving online and including links to additional resources (continues to be updated).

Article in Assay Journal collecting resources and talking through processes for rapidly moving classes online.

Guides and Strategies for moving online from Univ Illinois with a table that puts online strategies in terms of face to face (eg: “if you do lectures face-to-face, talking-head video recording is the online/remote practice for you”)

Association of College and University Educators (ACUE)

Student Testing

Portland State University (Thanks to Scott Robinson for sharing on the POD listserv!)

Pepperdine (Thanks to Christopher Heard for sharing on the POD listserv!)


Twitter post with link to Google form by Andrea Kaston Tange (@aktange) that survey’s students technologies needs / access limitations & others concerns in the event of moving online.

Thread from Jesse Stommel (@Jessifer) with examples / models of online classes and explanations of how they were set up.

Tweet from Kathy D. Harris (@triproftri) with link to assignments on Digital Pedagogy that use hypothesis (social web annotation tool).

Advice & Webinars

Census Releases First COVID-19 Household Data
The Census Bureau has released the first data from its new COVID-19 Household Pulse Survey, which asks over 50,000 Americans about their employment status, spending patterns, food security, housing, physical and mental health, access to health care, and educational disruption during the coronavirus pandemic (see previous coverage). The data, which covers April 23-May 5, was released as tables and through an interactive dashboard. More information about the survey is available on the Census Bureau website. Data will continue to be released on a weekly basis throughout the survey’s 90-day duration. In addition, the Census Bureau has released data on the pandemic’s impact on small businesses collected by its Small Business Pulse Survey.

National Academies Holds Webinar on COVID-19 and Extreme Environmental Events
The National Academies Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Environmental Change and Society and Resilient America Roundtable convened a webinar on May 13 to discuss the social science aspects of potential emergencies that compound the current COVID-19 crisis with environmental hazards, such as fires, hurricanes, flooding, and heatwaves. The event featured experts from federal government agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as well as universities, and nonprofit and community organizations. Panelists discussed the challenges of responding to emergencies and natural disasters amidst a pandemic and the need for social science to shed more light on how individuals and communities are likely to respond to such situations. A recording of the event is available on the NASEM website.

Recordings of COVID-19-Related COSSA Headlines Webinars Now Available
In recognition of the severity of the current coronavirus crisis, COSSA has elected to make recordings of its members-only Headlines webinars related to the pandemic available immediately, rather than waiting an additional month to release the recordings to non-members. Check out the Headlines page on the COSSA website for links to previous recordings, including our most recent deep dive discussion with University of Florida epidemiologist Natalie Dean, who called for social scientists to weigh in on critical questions such as how best to facilitate contact tracing and providing insight into factors that could affect the public’s reaction to a potential vaccine. Other Headlines discussions related to COVID-19 focused on communication strategies in an emerging public health crisis and the role of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in coordinating science agencies’ response. COSSA members can sign up for members-only emails to receive information on how to join these webinars live.

Tweet from GSOLE (@gsoleducators) with link to open discussion board forum for answering questions as they come in about moving online and teaching remotely.

Judith Dutill and Melissa Wehler, PhD


Accessibility & Equitability

Pedagogy playground post from Lindsey Passenger Wieck (@lwieck) brainstorming ways to support equitable online learning when (for instance) students only have access to the web via data plans and / or cell phones.

Twitter thread on online teaching that builds in accessibility from the beginning from Aimi Hamraie (@aimihamraie).

Blog Post – “Accesible Teaching in the Time of COVID-19” — by Aimi Hamraie (further developed from their thread above).

Teaching Online Wiki – Accessibility

Providing Support

Twitter post from Dr. Michelle McMullin (@chellemcmullin) with a link to a google form to use for surveying students’ technology access and limitations.

Twitter thread by Jessie Male (@profJMale) on teaching online that includes student responses and ideas for accommodating the move.

Twitter thread from Lisa Marie Rhody (@lmrhody) specifically addressing working with graduate students in the midst of COVID19.

Hesperian Guide to COVID-19 that is not specifically about teaching; more to help think through the impact of infectious diseases and structural inequities more broadly (contributed by Dr. Sicchia from Univ. of Toronto & Interdisciplinary Centre for Health & Society).




MPSA Conference Paper Repository: Expertise as Teaching Presence: Online Tools for Interactive Learning Experiences, by Matthew M. C. Roberts

Dr. Reba Wissner (@reba_wissner)

Prof. Rushan Ziatdinov, Keimyung University, Daegu, South Korea


Twitter thread as “Zoom Cheat-Sheet” from Dr. Danna Young (@dannagal) for those using that technology

Twitter thread from Jim McGrath (@JimMc_Grath) talking through a first-run of hosting a synchronous class via Zoom. Includes discussion of unforseen issues and logistics to be aware of.

Twitter thread from Dr. Andrew R. Schrock (@aschrock) with advice for using Zoom to host synchronous classes online.

Thread from Ryan Straight (@ryanstraight) on more advanced, technical considerations when teaching online (especially using Zoom).


Rapid Remote Teaching Resources

Inter-library Loan

Tweet by @inurlibrary with links to plug-in services to access articles and inter-library loan services even when off a campus wifi / proxy.


Academic Disciplines

Political Science



Academic Disciplines – Other


American Anthropological Association


National Communication Association


Link to Coastal Carolina Univ’s English dept’s online teaching resources page including best practices and links to tech & other resources for students/faculty largely compiled & maintained by Alan Reid (@alanjreidphd).


Collection of resources for teaching online from Humanities Commons. Includes strategies for teaching remotely, addressing equity & accessibility concerns, and further resource guides.


American Mathematical Society


Link to article from Miami Univ. (OH) ‘s Howe Center for Writing Excellence with Top 5 Reads for effective online teaching.