Trauma-Informed Teaching: During the Transition to Virtualized Learning and in Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic
After the coronavirus pandemic hit the US, our institution quickly moved to virtual learning. As faculty developers and instructors, we felt that the Teaching and Learning Center was set up to effectively mobilize our faculty and staff, offer direct instruction and guidance, and provide everyone with a supportive and safe community. Most colleges had to rush to virtual teaching, with faculty learning multiple new apps, interfaces, and within weeks building a new virtual vernacular and literacy. There is a social and emotional component that was always at risk of being overlooked but was perhaps the most effective at mitigating the more severe effects of such rapid transition.