Keep Teaching - Things to Consider
Tips for Planning Ahead and Approaches to Teaching Remotely
Important Tips for Planning Ahead
- Ensure that you have remote access to your teaching resources such as syllabi, readings, and other course materials.
- Ensure that you can log in to HuskyCT remotely and access course tools, course content, and the video conferencing solution (Collaborate) that facilitates live lecture and discussion.
- Ensure that you can log in to WebEx (an alternative online video conferencing solution).
- Consider setting up your UConn G-Suite Account if you will use any Google apps for teaching.
- Practice accessing your course materials from your ‘home’ remote location using the computer you intend to use to ensure there are no connectivity issues. Now is a good time to assess if any upgrades are needed. If you are concerned about your existing computer hardware please contact ITS Technology Support
- Review your syllabus, planned activities, and assessment plans and begin brainstorming how to meet class and course learning outcomes remotely. CETL has teaching and learning experts on hand to provide support and answer questions (firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-486-0457)
- Seek opportunities for constructive and collaborative dialogue with your colleagues and departmental leadership about your plans for ensuring continuity of teaching and learning.
- Most importantly, communicate with your students to inform them of changes and to share expectations (e.g. how frequently you will be available outside of regular class hours and office hours).
Approaches to teaching remotely (from CETL)
- CETL has developed an extensive resource page that outlines faculty options in more detail. Workshops are being offered in person and remotely over the next two weeks (and will be advertised in Daily Digest)
- At its core, teaching remotely requires that faculty reimagine how to spend lecture and discussion ‘time’ because they won’t have the affordance of being in the same ‘space’ with their students. This is the time to start reimagining the purpose and outcomes associated with key tasks of ‘lecture’ ‘discussion’ ‘group work’ ‘presentations’ ‘handing out materials’ ‘collecting materials’ and ‘testing’ among other things. Fortunately, HuskyCT provides an extensive online class environment that allows faculty and students to do all of this.
- For faculty that want to replicate the lecture and discussion format of their regular class online, we recommend they consider using Blackboard Collaborate BUT ONLY IF THEY DO SO DURING THEIR REGULARLY SCHEDULED CLASS TIME. This synchronous option is pursued by those who believe that teaching and learning is best done at the ‘same time’ even if participants are at different locations/spaces. These live-streamed lectures (with affordances for student participation) can also be recorded and stored for later viewing. If a Collaborate session is created in HuskyCT, it automatically provides access to all students enrolled in the course. If instructors decide to use WebEx as an alternative they will need to send the link to all students or post the link in their course in HuskyCT. Collaborate and WebEx can also be used for virtual office hours. Faculty should be aware that Collaborate and WebEx are both University supported. Similar technologies like Zoom are not university-supported at this time.
- The most popular option-- many faculty decide they want to take advantage of the asynchronous nature of an online course that allows students to engage/watch the lecture on their own time (within faculty prescribed deadlines) coupled with the requirement that students post and participate in a discussion board. This asynchronous option is pursued by those who believe that teaching and learning can be effectively decoupled in time and that the affordance given students to engage with material when convenient to do so can lead to deeper and more reflective learning. Faculty can record short lectures at their computer using Kaltura, embed links to the recorded lecture, and utilize the Discussion Board in HuskyCT to create aligned discussions.
- If you have students with accommodations provided by the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) they are still relevant if your course is delivered online. However, it might not be easy to translate the accommodation from the classroom setting to the online setting. Please contact CSD with questions about applying student accommodations to online courses.
This is a great time for faculty to re-evaluate their course assessment strategies. There are a variety of assessment options that faculty can use to effectively measure student performance.
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