Providing resources. Supporting faculty.
This spring, most of Boston University’s entering and returning undergraduate and graduate students will have a choice of attending in-person classes or taking classes remotely under a new hybrid teaching format the University is calling Learn from Anywhere (LfA). This resource site is designed for BU faculty and contains pedagogical guidance, tools to get started, assessment options, FAQs, training schedules and recordings, and more.
What is LfA?
Learn from Anywhere (LfA) is a blended modality for remote and/or in-person learning for Boston University residential students attending an undergraduate or graduate program of study. This new modality will enable students to participate in the classroom or remotely whenever necessary.
As described in BU Today, the aim of LfA is to present the same academic content to all students, whether they are in a classroom, in a BU residence, or in another country, and to allow all students to take part in equivalent learning activities.
How We Can Help
The following resources have been created to assist Boston University faculty transition to the LfA model with the goal of creating engaging learning experiences in the classroom and beyond.
Learn from Anywhere Pedagogical Resources
The LfA pedagogical model enables students to participate in the classroom or remotely whenever necessary. Access this series of resources—videos, presentations, and the “Pedagogical Partnerships” Blackboard site managed by the Center for Teaching & Learning.
Technology Trainings & Recordings
Looking for Zoom, Blackboard, MyMedia, Turnitin, or ePortfolio trainings or want to attend a drop-in session? View training schedules, tips to get started with Blackboard, Zoom, and access the video library highlighting a variety BU-sponsored technologies.
Explore the Learn from Anywhere Classroom
LfA technology functionality has been added to hundreds of spaces across all three campuses. Explore classrooms, access classroom checklists and recordings guidance, and view an adapter guide offered by DL&I, LETS & BUMC Educational Technology teams.
Peer-to-peer learning promotes engagement, collaborative thinking, and can be mutually fulfilling. This is the foundation for the LfA Faculty Coaches model. Learn about the role of a Faculty Coach, find out how to connect, and view the list of approximately 130 coaches ready to assist BU’s Schools and Colleges. Read more.
Learn from Anywhere FAQs
Get answers to frequently asked questions specific to Boston University’s Learn from Anywhere pedagogical model, including topics around classroom technology, classroom moderators, faculty coaching, and on-campus work guidelines. Please note: This page will be updated frequently.
Explore University Resources
Campus-wide resources are available and designed to assist BU faculty and students transition to the LfA teaching and learning model. Learn more about available resources and access the following guides from Disability & Access Services, BU Libraries, Employee Wellness, and more.
Collaborate with the CTL
The Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) collaborates with faculty and graduate students to cultivate teaching that is inclusive, centered on student learning, and offers guidance designed to support teaching and core initiatives across the University, including the LfA pedagogical model.
Back To On-Campus Work
Our top priority, at all times, is to provide a safe and healthy work environment for BU faculty, staff, and students.
These guidelines are intended to inform your actions as we begin, over the summer, the slow and deliberate process of returning to campus.
EdTech Perspective, August 2020
LfA technology functionality is being added to hundreds of spaces across all three campuses. Boston University’s Director of Learning & Event Services Linda Jerrett provides an update on the technology upgrades, highlights projects happening now, and shares a variety of resources designed to support LfA faculty. Read more.
Recovery Plan Resources for Faculty & Staff
As we hear from employees regarding the return to campus and questions you may have, we will continue to develop resources and information that support the return to campus. The COVID-19 Employee Support Line at 617-358-4990 or firstname.lastname@example.org will continue to be an available resource, as will the Human Resources Service Center at 617-353-2380 or email@example.com. Stay connected and learn more about BU’s plan to reopen.