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Remote Services & Resources

Campus Contacts for Faculty

  • Questions about moving and conducting courses online (e.g. Moodle, Google Classroom or Meet, etc.)? Make an appointment with Paula Young in CTEI or email paula.young@salem.edu.
  • Questions about IT issues (e.g. device support, software, VPN, etc.)? Contact IT at help@salem.edu.
  • Questions about library resources (e.g. resource links, authenticating off campus, contacting a librarian, etc.)? Email library@salem.edu. You can also contact your department's liaison librarian. Academy faculty should follow the same department assignments.

Pandemic Resources

  • Visit the #coronavirussyllabus for resources about the multifaceted implications and effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic for global health, political economy, governance, stigma and racism, inequality, and as conveyed in literature, media and the arts

Tools for Remote Delivery

The Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation (CTEI) offers one-on-one consultations with faculty, or tailored workshops for groups of faculty. A self-paced Moodle Training course, along with assistance with all elements of the Google Suite for Education, is also available. The Center is located on the second floor of Gramley Library. For more information, contact paula.young@salem.edu via email, or 336-721-2747 by phone.

Step-by-step instructions for tasks in Moodle:              

Instructions for Video Sharing in Moodle

Adding math notation in Moodle:


Other Resources:

Schedule an Online Meeting

While logged in to your Salem Google Account, go to Google Calendar and create a new meeting. Click on the drop-down menu under Add Guests and select "Google Meet."

screenshot of new calendar entry with drop-down menu highlighted          screenshot with google meet option shown


Help & Tutorials

Google Meet Training and Help

Selected tutorials:

Resources for Securing Zoom Sessions


Access Zoom

Follow these steps to access your Salem Zoom account: 

  1. Log in to your Salem Google account.           
  2. Open Google.
  3. On the top right, select Apps.
  4. Scroll down to the Salem Zoom icon.

To integrate zoom with Google Calendar and Chrome, download the Zoom Scheduler browser extension.


Tutorials 

Brief video tutorials, each approximately 1 minute long:

Instruction & Learning

Liaison librarians can help with the following and more:

  • integrate electronic resources into Moodle or other online course delivery
  • identify or acquire resources
  • provide remote instruction via Google Meet, Zoom, and/or other platforms

Electronic Resources

The library's electronic resources are available anywhere. When prompted to login, use your MySalem username and password. Do not include @salem.edu.


Persistent Links

If you copy a database link from your Internet browser on Moodle, that link will eventually stop working because it is a dynamic, non-static link. To eliminate this problem, most database companies now offer persistent links for their articles. Persistent links (also known as persistent URLs) are stable links that will consistently take students to a particular full-text article in a library database. If the student is off campus she or he will be asked to authenticate themselves via Salem - they should use their MySalem username and password. 

Need help with a persistent link in a particular library database? Contact your liaison librarian or email library@salem.edu.

Do you have questions about copyright and how it impacts remote delivery of instruction?

Planning for Remote Instruction

Step 1: Communicate

Be proactive in communicating with your students. Even if your plans are not finalized, you can let them know changes are coming.


Establish Communication

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.

  • Moodle Announcement Forums. Announcement forum at the top by default. If you post there, it will go out to all students enrolled in your course via email. This is a great way to send out timely updates so that you can be sure that all of your students are up to date.

Share Information

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:


Create Virtual Office Hours

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:

Step 2: Create

Flexibility is key when moving your course online quickly. Focus on your course goals and try to minimize the use of new tools. 


Update Syllabus

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)

  • Evaluate your teaching needs. How will you adapt your content quickly? Have you scheduled a consult with CTEI?
  • Evaluate technology needs, for example what access do you and your students have to internet access, computers, mobile devices when not on campus.
  • Set reasonable goals for continuing instruction. Determine how closely you can follow your syllabus, while also being realistic about what can be accomplished.
  • As you make changes, you may want to consider these resources about decolonizing syllabi:

Adapt Content

Here are some options for delivering content remotely:


Use Familiar Tools

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.


Ensure Accessibility

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:

Step 3: Deliver

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. 


Instructional Strategies


Share and Collect Materials

Grading

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.