Fall 2022 Resources Page

Fall 2022 Course Resources

Prepare for a great term with a 'Syllabus Starter' template and Canvas modules that you can integrate directly into your course.

This page offers links to four timesaving resources we've made to support your course prep and highlights the key ideas behind the resources. It also notes several fall 2022 dates and deadlines that you may wish to keep in mind during course planning. 

4 Ideas that Guide these Resources

UO faculty and graduate instructors have reported a more acute sense of students' challenges and needs—challenges and needs that impact student learning, but may not directly connect to course content. Common challenges include need for basic resources such as housing or mental health services, lack of motivation and social connection, and difficulty with executive functioning, including assessing progress and planning towards a goal.

Because of those student challenges and needs, faculty and GE instructors also have reported that the amount of administrative and emotional labor they do as part of their teaching has increased, and has at times felt unsustainable. To support students and instructors, we designed these resources to help:

  1. make course policies and expectations transparent and explicit;
  2. orient students to course organization and content;
  3. streamline and routinize communications to and from students (including referrals to UO resources);
  4. create more opportunities for student agency and connection. 

4 Ready-to-go Resources:

Below, you can find our Syllabus "Starter," Welcome Module, Report Absences module, and Academic Integrity module. You also will see descriptions of each resource, so you can identify which might best fit your needs and context. Links will take you to the relevant webpage and Canvas Commons modules, where you can explore, import, and adapt them for your courses! 


Exploring the Resources

To explore or import Canvas Commons materials, open a new tab and:

  1. Log into Canvas with your DuckID
  2. Click on the Commons icon, in the left-hand navigation bar
  3. Return to the page where the Commons content is linked, and click that link. Alternately, you can use key terms to search within Commons directly.
Step 1: login with DuckID; Step2 Go to Commons; Step 3, Click link to asset
 Check out our Canvas Commons How-to-Guide to learn more!

Descriptions of the Resources:

Read these brief descriptions to get a sense of which resources might fit your needs and context.

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Syllabus 'Starter' (webpage & Word document)

This "Syllabus Starter” resource provides framing and student-facing policy language for all required elements as well as other sections that you may wish to consider in crafting and communicating your distinctive course policies. The webpage for this resource also features a downloadable and accessible Word document version.

Visit the Syllabus 'Starter' webpage


thumbnail of Canvas Commons "Course Welcome Module;" above title are icons for TEP & UO Online

Course Welcome Module (Canvas)

This customizable module orients students to the organization and content of the course. It supports clearer course navigation—a need many students identified last year. It also features opportunities for you to introduce yourself to students, for students to introduce themselves to one another, and for students to easily find both academic and non-academic supports on campus.

Explore the "Welcome Module" in Canvas Commons


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Report Absences Here (Canvas Module)

This module directs student communications about absences to a single place in Canvas. Weekly absence surveys (a) link to key course and UO policy, (b) ask students to identify both the week's absence and total absences (to encourage their awareness of where they fall in the policy), (c) include weekly highlighted "UO dates to know," featuring supportive student resources/events, as well as any relevant academic deadlines for things like withdrawing from or adding a class, and (d) ask students to answer several questions about how they plan to keep up with the course, to activate their agency in planning and decision-making.

The surveys are designed not to require responses from faculty; they direct students who wish to receive support in the course—support unrelated to the absence and makeup policy—to email the instructor.

Find the "Report Absences Here" Module in Canvas Commons 


Thumbnail of Canvas module titled "Ducks Have Integrity" with green background, yellow hand holding leaf

Academic Integrity (Canvas Module)

This customizable module engages students with questions around what academic integrity is and why it matters—both to UO, and to them. Students who entered UO in the last two years will have taken a detailed Academic Integrity module as part of IntroDUCKtion (a module made by the same collaborators who created this one). Adding "Academic Integrity" to your course and customizing it for your context can help strengthen and refresh that initial guidance for students.

Get the "Ducks Have Integrity: Academic Conduct at UO" Module in Canvas Commons

Fall 2022 Dates & Deadlines

As you prepare for and begin your course, you may want to keep the following deadlines in mind. We've integrated these deadlines into the "Report Absences Here" module for students. 

  • Oct. 1: last day to adjust registration without a 'W’  

  • Oct. 3: last day to add a class via DuckWeb 

  • Nov. 13: last day to withdraw from a class and the last day to change grade options (Graded or P/N) 

  • Nov. 23 through Dec. 5, the End-of-Term Student Experience survey is available

  • Dec. 9, at 5pm: last day/time to request an Incomplete

In addition, instructors may wish to note that U.S. Midterm elections are November 8.

Let us know how else we can support you!

As you approach the term, know we are available to connect with you on anything related to teaching and learning. Whether you have a brief, targeted question or are looking for co-thinking, how-tos, or feedback, we're here for you. Connect with us using our simple contact form.

All our best as you begin your fall term!