The College offers several resources that can be utilized to continue instruction if you and/or your students are not able to make it to the classroom. The options for the continuality of instruction do require advanced design preparation. In-person guidance is always available and information sessions are being scheduled. Practice is recommended for any or all design strategies before needing to use one to avoid disruption of instruction. While this is not an exhaustive list of all tools that can be utilized, this guide is meant to offer options to assist your preparations.
Resources for Teaching Online:
- Online Teaching Toolkit
- Tips for Those Who are New to Online Teaching
- Best Practices of Asynchronous Online Courses
- Best Practices for Synchronous Sessions
- Teach from Home (Google for Education resources)
- Student-Centered Remote Teaching: Lessons Learned from Online Education
- Remote Teaching: The Glass Half-Full
- The Difference Between Emergency Remote Teaching and Online Learning
- Spreadsheet of Institutional Websites Focused on Academic Continuity
- EDUCAUSE COVID-19 QuickPoll Results: Help for Students
- Add a statement about learning goals to the beginning of each video (ex: After watching the video, you’ll be able to identify X” or “You’ll be able to distinguish between As and Bs.”)
- Start each Zoom meeting/class with a chance to “catch-up” with students.
- Share personal information with students on ways you are coping with remote learning and social distancing, such as taking walks, yoga, listening to music, etc.
- Have at least once a week, face-to-face meetings through web conferencing to “see” the students. This allows for reviewing of the week’s expectations or reviewing of concepts covered and answer any questions; as well as staying connected to students.
- Have a whole class discussion about materials and concepts. This faculty member found that students who are normally quiet in class are being more vocal in discussions.
- Complete a needs analysis survey for remote learning. If you want to complete one, here is one by Rod Myers, Ph.D., Instructional Consultant, at Indiana University School of Education – Bloomington.
- PDF Preview: https://iu.box.com/s/k295o1anqwpl1bqrc6yp8cho305xjxfk
- Instructions to import into Canvas: https://iu.box.com/s/3c7wn4hu3pq6gqhpqnc31u947yfz0wmh
- Import file: https://iu.box.com/s/osipoz7pckqvgaifzi0iy0
- Alternative Assessments in Canvas
- QM Emergency Remote Instruction Checklist
- Emporia State University Alternative Assessments
- Open notes/open book assessments (quiz, exam, or essay) in Canvas
- Synchronous Student presentations, individual or group, using a web conferencing platform
- Asynchronous Recordings of Student presentations, individual or group
- Final Paper/Essay
- Exam in Canvas using either of the Quizzes platforms and Respondus Lockdown Browser and/or Respondus Monitor (This can be found on your course navigation in your Canvas courses.)
- Instructor Quick Start Guide to LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor
- Daily Training Webinars with Live Q&A – These 45-minute trainings are the best way for instructors to learn how to use Respondus Monitor for online proctoring. Each session is followed by an extended Q/A period where questions are answered live. Register
- Rapid Rollout Guide for Instructors – Here is the essential information for using Respondus Monitor with online exams
- Create a Practice Exam – Have students take a practice exam with Respondus Lockdown Browswer and Respondus Monitor to ensure their computer, webcam and Internet are working properly. Allow students more than one attempt on the quiz so they can try the practice exam whenever their device or networking environment changes
- 24/7 Live Chat – Remember that students can access built-in troubleshooting and live chat from within Respondus Monitor if they encounter a technical problem. You can find more resources for students, including how to access Live Chat
- Student Quick Guide to Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor
- NOTE: Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor do not work on personally owned Chromebooks.
- Search the Canvas Instructor Guides
- Canvas Resources (These are geared towards the starting of the semester but contain good information that pertains to moving courses online.)
- Maintaining the Connection of the Classroom (Canvas resource)
Student Success Tips for Remote Learning
- Student Sucess Tips
- Time Management Tips for Students using Canvas
- Purdue University Learning Remotely
- How to Use Zoom for a Class (Student Perspective)
- How to Connect with Each Other (Student to Student)
- VitalSource Helps (This site is offering free e-books to students until May 25. Students need to create an account using their Bridgewater eagles email to gain access)
Remote Teaching for Science Labs:
- Dartmouth Remote Lab Activities and Experiences
- POD Online Science Simulations and Laboratory Resources
- PHET Simulations
Streaming Video/Film Options:
Library Services is working on options for providing streaming options for students. Please reach out to your Library liaisons with specific titles that you will be using in your courses.
Live Instruction Options:
Canvas Conferences is a web-conferencing platform that integrates Big Blue Button with Canvas and allows for synchronous learning. Conferences can be recorded and viewed again for up to 14 days or downloaded. Recorded conferences can only be viewed in the course they were recorded. Recorded conferences have a time limit of 60 minutes. Non-recorded conferences do not have a time limit.
Canvas Guides on Conferences:
- How do I use the Conferences Index Page?
- How do I create a conference in a course?
- How do I delete a conference?
- How do I edit a conference?
- How do I record a conference?
- How do I start a conference?
- How do I join a conference?
- How do I conclude a conference?
- How do I use the Conferences interface as a moderator or presenter?
- How do I use Breakout Rooms?
Zoom is a web-conferencing platform that allows for synchronous learning and is also integrated with Canvas. Zoom can be used on laptops, smartphones, and tablets. Participants can call into the meeting using a phone or the device’s audio. Video is not a requirement to use this platform. Screens can be shared and the meetings can be recorded to be viewed later.
Zoom Resources: (Complete the following how-tos in the order they are listed, if you are accessing Zoom for the first time.)
- How to Login to Zoom Account
- How to Download the Zoom Client
- How to add Zoom to a Canvas Course
- How to Create a Zoom Meeting in a Canvas Course
- How to Schedule a Meeting Using the Zoom Client on Computer
- Managing Breakout Rooms in Zoom
- Using Zoom on Desktops and Laptops
- Using Zoom App on devices
- Annotation Settings
- Zoom Waiting Rooms
- Zoom Security Updates (Updated May 28, 2020)
Recorded Instruction Options:
Record a PowerPoint presentation with audio. A strategy to reproduce lecture-style instruction. (If you need the newest version of PowerPoint on your personal devices, you can install it from https://www.office.com/. Sign-in with your BC credentials.) Upload presentations to Canvas to share with your course.
Add audio to slides in PowerPoint Presentations. Allows flexibility to take already-created materials and add narration to recreate in-class lectures. Upload presentations to Canvas to share with your course.
Panopto is the institution-provided lecture-capture platform and is also integrated with Canvas. Using this platform requires some advanced planning and preparation.
Panopto Resources: (If you plan on using Panopto on your campus computer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request the software be installed on your office or classroom computer(s). Information on how to install Panopto on a personal computer are below in the How to start recording in Panopto from Canvas resource.)
- How to add Panopto to Canvas
- How to start recording in Panopto from Canvas
- How to record a lecture in Panopto
- How to create Student Assignment folder in Panopto for Student presentations
- Panopto Provided Getting Started Guides
Instruction without Audio/Video Options:
Canvas Discussions is a feature that will allow you to continue discussions outside the classroom. You can have small-group discussions or whole-class discussions.
Organize course materials and assignments in Canvas using Modules to create an online course design to continue instruction without disruption.
Feel free to email or call me (email@example.com) to aid in your design and preparation for alternative delivery.