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Find your key types of teaching and learning activities to identify online options to carry out the same types of activities in the online environment.
Link to mini-lecture videos, audio files, and/or narrated presentations; or live lectures in synchronous mode via Zoom
ZoomAudacityPowerPointYouTube (external example)MediaSite
Small group discussions
Group discussions and VoiceThreads; or break-out rooms in Zoom if synchronous
LockdownBrowser & MonitorRespondus
Blackboard journal toolBlackboard assignment toolBlackboard test tool
PowerPointZoomVoiceThreadYouTube (external example)MediaSite
Journals, assignments, and tests
journal tool Blackboard
assignment tool Blackboard
Group assignments or breakout rooms in Zoom if synchronous
group settings & toolsZoomVoiceThreads
Explain examples or assignments
Explain in the description field in assignment, create a rubric, create an explanatory video
rubricsZoomVoiceThreadYouTube (external example)MediaSite
Use PowerPoint, online videos, etc.
Share links to and/or embed PowerPoints, online videos, etc. Create presentations for learners to comment on; in a synchronous Zoom session, share your screen and type directly into a document
PowerPointZoomVoiceThreadYouTube (external example)KanopyEmbedded videos in Blackboard
Create an assignment
Require research at the library
Require online research at the library's website, incorporate online library instruction
Library websiteLibrary instructionZoom
Hold office hours
Hold virtual office hours
Best practice for online instruction includes multiple and consistent methods of communication with students. Minimally, you should establish office hours and regular messaging timelines during each week. Here are some suggestions for these communication methods:
Zoom or MS Teams (available through
Announcements in Blackboard (and send to emails as well as posting in BB)
Blackboard can be used for a number of tasks, such as announcements, assignments, quizzes, discussions, content delivery, media management, online class meetings, and more.
To notify your students that you will not be holding class in person, post an announcement.
To provide a procedure for your students to inform you that they will be unable to attend class in person, consider adding a discussion forum in your course where they can post their intention.
Maintain the scheduled time and day that your classes meet. This ensures that students who attend your class do not need to adjust their schedules to participate.
Be clear with your instructions on how you will use
Microsoft Teams to manage your class.
Download all platforms you plan to use on multiple devices in case one of your devices malfunctions during instruction.
Test out your equipment and your hosting location with colleagues and solicit their feedback on your setup. Be open to ideas and be willing to share tips with colleagues who are seeking advice.
Reach out individually to students who were previously attending on-campus classes but are missing virtual classes. This may be a sign they are experiencing accessibility or other challenges.
Ask your students how you can help them during the transition. Students may have additional challenges that amplify during times of stress or uncertainty. Be helpful and direct them to advising, counseling or any other student support services if needed.
Hold a class via
Zoom on a day or time that your class does not normally meet, or extend class time beyond scheduled hours.
Make changes to the course (syllabus, grading structure, expectations) that will compromise integrity of the course outcomes.
Make changes to the course that may penalize students (e.g. shifting the weight of a previously submitted and graded assignment).
Make changes to timelines that do not allow reasonable response times from students.
Ignore expressed student needs (e.g., advising, counseling services, financial aid, etc.) that fall outside your immediate duties as a teacher.
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