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Remote and On-site Office Hours That Students Use and Support Success

Wednesday, August 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Facilitator: Devin Wixon
Location: TBD

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As instruction returns to in person, many educators are offering onsite office hours, and some will continue remote office hours that offer flexibility for students. Get concrete ideas and plan how you’ll run your office hours to ensure your students get their needs met, and take advantage of collaborative opportunities while managing technical challenges. Office hours are a chance to build relationships and support student success, as well as answer specific questions. We’ll explore the challenges and opportunities so that participants will have an informed approach to decide:

  •  Barriers to your students attending office hours, and how to address them
  •  Draft your text for your syllabus (and emails, and Canvas) inviting and  encouraging students to join
  •  Consider various methods for structuring office hours to get students learning collaboratively, and juggle multiple questions at the same time

Please note: As it is expected that participants will be using many different platforms and approaches to their office hours, this is not a tech support ‘how to’. Facilitators will be available after the workshop to offer a sandbox for you to be the moderator, and get tech ‘how to’ guidance on ideas you may have taken away (e.g. Zoom polls or breakout rooms, Piazza best practices).

We’ll also touch and provide further resources on:

  • Making them successful
    • What are a few first questions you might ask to build relationships and support student success
    • How you will evaluate if they were effective
  •  Technology
    • Considering asynchronous office hours (e.g. through Piazza, Canvas discussions, Google docs, Padlet or other Q&A means)
    • Distributing and preserving the Q&A and information shared from office hours for all students to use
    • How you’ll establish your availability (scheduling)


Wednesday, August 25
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


WI United States