Center for Faculty Innovation

COVID 19, Vulnerability, and Hard Conversations in On-Line Teaching (Roundtable)

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Online Synchronous Roundtable

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Our moment of COVID 19, social distancing, racial reckoning, economic uncertainty, and technological challenges placed between individuals has challenged understandings of authentic human connection across social spheres, but especially for class instruction. Teaching with heart amid this moment requires great care, intention, and skill to help close distance, build relations, and encouraging healing among people. In this roundtable, participants will explore spontaneous and intentional vulnerability as a pedagogy of vulnerability. This approach can be risky, complicated, purposeful, and is one that embraces not knowing and humility (Mckenna and Brantmeier, 2020). 

The following questions will be open for consideration:

  1. How might we recognize a need for vulnerability in on-line learning environments?
  2. How might we recognize vulnerability interests and particular needs of learners in these spaces?
  3. How do we use on-line environments to close the distance between instructors and students, and among students?
  4. How do ‘co-learning with vulnerability’ pedagogical approaches align with social justice pedagogy?
  5. What are some strategies for recognizing and setting boundaries for mutual self-disclosure?
  6. How might strategies for co-learning and vulnerability be adopted for your instruction this fall? 

Participants will be encouraged to discuss these questions and will converse with authors and editors of the book, Pedagogy of Vulnerability.


Faculty participants will make progress toward:

  • Recognizing classroom environment needs and suitability for practicing vulnerability; and
  • Incorporating practices of vulnerability into on-line instruction.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please reach out to us at or (568-4846) with any considerations (e.g., disability, wellness, cultural, dietary, etc.) you want us to know about.

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