One-Change Challenge

UCSC Online Education presents...

the One-change challenge

Take a look at what your colleagues are up to...

OE Spring One-Change Challenge APRIL 5 2021.pdf

What is the One-Change Challenge, and why should I participate?

The one-change challenge is a collective opportunity for anyone in an instructional role to make one change, small or large, in their teaching. Online Education will support you with the change, and you’ll be able to see the changes your colleagues are implementing.

We’ve all been tested by the extraordinary teaching conditions in which we have found ourselves this year. We’ve had to acquire an unprecedented number of new skills in a short period of time, which has been both exciting and fatiguing. You’re not alone if your sense of overwhelm has turned into paralysis.

In the spirit of “the perfect is the enemy of the good,” Online Education invites you to give yourself permission not to change everything at once! Instead, commit to taking on just one small change for your Spring Quarter course.

Most of the challenges on this list are easy to implement without a big investment of time, and most are designed to be done prior to the start of the quarter. There are a few slightly longer ones if you’re up for more depth, but we’d really just like to see you take on one new thing, no matter how small. The right one to pick is the one you know you can do. You’ll notice that some of these items could fall under multiple categories, so we encourage you to scan all the items before you choose.

Each change is accompanied by an icon for 1 computer (💻), 2 computers (💻💻), or no computers. Changes with no computers involve no tech at all. 1 computer means minimal tech, and 2 computers require the most tech. If you’re interested in 💻 or 💻💻 and would like support, please reach out to Online Education at or via Slack.

How to participate

  1. Choose a change to make in your Spring course. Browse your options in the drop-down menus below!

  2. Fill out this quick sign-up survey; we’ll track the change you’ve committed to and add it to our accomplishments jam board. You’ll be able to see the changes your colleagues are committing to!

Screenshot of a google jamboard. In the middle is the word "jam," surrounded by illustrations and notes that can be created in jamboard.

Example of a Google Jamboard


These changes can help students build relationships and create a sense of belonging with us, our teaching teams, and their classmates.

  • Add a photo to your Canvas profile. 💻

  • Send out a welcome letter or video a week before the course starts, introducing yourself, telling your students what the class will be like, and giving them information about the textbook(s).

  • Review your syllabus and replace formal language with more welcoming language or copy and customize Online Education and CITL’s Syllabus Template.

  • Give students a small number of “get out of late work free” passes.

  • Invite students to fill out a survey to help you get to know them better (Canvas quiz or Google form). 💻

  • Create a collaborative Spotify playlist - anyone can listen for free; students who have a Spotify account can add to it. 💻

  • Create/add a Bitmoji to your Canvas site and encourage students to use theirs. 💻


These practices enhance equitable access for students, giving each person the specific tools they need to be successful in our classes.


These practices encourage meaningful student engagement in remote and online courses.

  • Set up a weekly online discussion forum in your asynchronous or synchronous course and engage at least once per week with your students (having points associated with forum posts increases engagement). 💻

  • Set up Flipgrid as a discussion forum so students can see one another’s faces and hear each other’s voices, and to reply to them. 💻

  • Add a quiz to your short video lectures in Yuja. 💻💻

  • Import the 3 Minutes Moving module into your course and encourage students to move. 💻

  • Lead a Zoom greeting at the beginning or end of class: “Unmute yourself and say hi to 3 people.”


These changes invite you to transform specific aspects of your pedagogy toward an active learning approach.


These changes make it easier for students to access relevant materials and navigate smoothly through our Canvas course sites.


This list includes options for using technology to support learning and access.

Connect with Online Education

These actions are designed to help you forge a support structure comprised of your faculty colleagues and the team at Online Education.