As you develop your plan for teaching remotely, find out what the expectations are for you and your course. Check with colleagues and your department chair as well; they may provide more details, guidelines, and expectations for class continuity.
Be proactive in communicating with your students. Even if your plans are not finalized, you can let them know changes are coming.
Share your expectations and tell students how to reach you. Be specific about times you are available and encourage students to stay engaged. Communicate proactively and let students know how quickly they can expect a response from you.
Create a place for students to ask and answer questions. Make sure students know to contact you privately regarding personal or grade related questions. Here are some tools you can use:
Make yourself available to students virtually. Be sure to communicate your schedule and expectations. Questions to consider include: must students schedule ahead of time, and if so, is there a shared document where students can sign up? Google Hangouts Meet or Zoom are tools you can use. Here are some tips:
Flexibility is key when moving your course online quickly. Focus on your course goals and try to minimize the use of new tools.
Update your syllabus to include details of how the course will change if it becomes necessary to teach your course remotely. Consider what adjustments need to made (changes to assignments, due dates, goals, class schedule)
Here are some options for delivering content remotely:
Avoid introducing unnecessary new tools. Low-tech solutions are ok! If email works best for you, use it. Be sure to test any tool that you want to use before trying it with students.
Course accessibility is not only required, but it is also helpful to all students. For questions about accessibility issues, contact Ida Davis, the Director of Academic Support and Disability Services. Online resources include:
As you implement your plan, remember to be flexible and communicate often. If possible, use the applications that you have already been using in your course to maintain continuity.
Other tools may be used for assignments, but keep in mind that student records are restricted data and only approved platforms should be used. It is the responsibility of the instructor to keep student grades up to date so that these can be submitted at the end of the semester.
In addition to consultations with CTEI being available, the following faculty members have offered to assist colleagues with remote delivery preparations:
Do you have questions about copyright and how it impacts remote delivery of instruction?