Second, as Deming (2020) rightly points out, factors that provide students with individual attention
such as small group tutorials, feedback and mentoring are necessary factors in promoting learning
and student success. The challenge, however, is that these things are often neglected or diminished
in online spaces. Whilst the prospect of the more bespoke elements of teaching may be daunting
ignoring them comes with significant consequences for student learning. There is no one mode to
effect tutoring, individualized feedback or mentoring, they are all integral to ensuring that our
students continue to feel as part of a learning community and welcome in the process of learning.
Third, as we plan our courses for fall 2020, regardless of whether it’s face to face, or some variation
of online, we should access, create and share open educational resources in our area of expertise.
There is substantial data that shows the use of OER reduces course costs for students (See Dimeo,
2017). OER can also help colleagues who struggle to develop content or who wish to integrate
new ideas or methods into their courses. We also know that by using alternatives or different
resources can help with encouraging student engagement. The website, E-IR is a great example of
a source for OER for International Relations.
Fourth, the opportunity to move out of the neoliberal model of competition between universities
and to foster cooperation and collaboration is ripe. The Canadian political science community is
relatively small and well networked. Many of us do collaborative research and are involved in
research networks - so why not teaching networks? We could create networks of scholars who
would guest lecture or drop into discussions in your online class. We could share our course
outlines and the OER we create and adopt creative commons guidelines. These resources would
be great in any class whether it is face to face or online and whether or not it is the middle of a
pandemic. Now is the time for sharing not siloing.
Fifth, is there a way to leverage the CPSA or other like institutions and the connections they have?
Is there an opportunity that can be supported or created in terms of coordinating some sharing of
resources, provision of an online space, or creation of a committee to curate resources and highlight
innovative assessment? Are ways to leverage the chairs network -- to support each other -- in the
creation and sharing of resources? Or is there a space for the graduate students’ caucus to play a
role? Many of the annual meetings of disciplinary based organizations have been cancelled but