9:30: Welcome and Evaluation/Feedback: Kerri Odess-Harnish

9:45: Assessment and grading in an online world. Many of us struggled with creating reliable and valid assessments of student learning during our emergency online teaching experience last spring. Josef Brandauer will discuss assessment models and structures to gauge student learning that can work in remote teaching.

Google presentation slides

Grade predictor spreadsheet

Google doc (Q&A, comments from presentation)

10:30: Break

10:45: Break into small groups for discussion

11:15: Regroup for for questions and answers

12:00: Lunch

Optional Afternoon Sessions:


Session A: Mental health and student well-being: insights, experiences, and resources for online learning environments: Alex Trillo, Jeff Foster. Alex Trillo, Assistant Prof. of Biology, and Jeff Foster, Associate VP of College Life, will discuss their experiences and insight on supporting students’ mental health and personal well-being remotely, both inside and outside of the classroom. Join us to learn more about resources available on campus to support students and how colleagues on campus can assist with issues students encounter. We will have 10 minutes of prepared remarks followed by Q&A.

Q&A document from session


Session A: Mastery Based Grading: Ben Kennedy. The goal of Mastery (or standards-based) grading is to assess competency over individual learning targets within your course content. Join Ben Kennedy for an overview of the philosophy and techniques behind Mastery-based grading. and share some resources. Please join for an approx. 30-min presentation that might actually followed by some questions and discussion.

Session B: Redesign Your Writing & Research Assignments: Melissa Forbes, Kerri Odess-Harnish, Meggan Smith. With so many variables to account for in the fall, the writing and research assignments we designed for a 14-week semester with regular in-person access to campus resources may no longer be realistic or effective. Join Melissa Forbes, Director of the Writing Center and First-Year Writing, and Research & Instruction Librarians Kerri Odess-Harnish and Meggan Smith for tips on redesigning writing and research assignments to help students succeed whatever the semester looks like. A short 10-minute presentation will be followed by Q&A and open discussion.

Session C: Connecting with Students in Online Courses: Kurt Andresen, Kevin Moore. What can community look like in an online course? Kurt Andresen will share how Slack helps engage students in creative ways, and Kevin Moore will discuss his experiences with various community-building strategies in graduate-level online classes. After some brief opening remarks, the session will consist of Q&A and guided discussion.

Online resources for student engagement and collaboration


Session A: How to work with Gettysburg’s Honor Code in online learning environments: Hannah Sollenberger, Scott Boddery, Eric Remy. Scott Boddery, Hannah Sollenberger and Eric Remy will be discussing their experiences working with the honor code in online environments.  Scott has used online testing formats over the last six years and will reflect on lessons learned and best practices. A 20-30 minute presentation will be followed by Q&A and open discussion.

Session Powerpoint

Session B: Students on the Margins: Remote Learning Challenges Faced by First Generation and International Students: Alecea Standlee, Brad Lancaster. Brad Lancaster and Alecea Standlee will be discussing their experiences supporting International and First Generation students in remote learning. A brief presentation followed by a Q&A and open discussion.

Session C: Plenary Followup: Josef Brandauer will discuss questions raised during the morning session that couldn’t be handled in the available time.