Teaching Remotely in a Hurry – Where Do I Start?
Take a look at your course and ask yourself the following questions:
Can the students access all the course content easily via hyperlinks to the library, publisher resources, and/or uploaded content in the course?
Can students find all the information and instructions they need online to complete their assignments? Have you posted the deadlines for the assignments and set up the assignment submission tool so that they can submit them electronically? Have you set up a gradebook?
Do you present content (lecture), check for understanding and then get the students to work collaboratively on a project?
Do you usually ask questions throughout the class to check for understanding? Do you usually give them low-stakes opportunities to for practice and feedback?
You will be communicating with students exclusively online via email, Learning Management System (LMS) announcements and discussions, or online video sessions. What are your expectations of students communicating with you? What expectations do they have of you? You may want to set office hours where you are available through a video conferencing tool (eg. Webex) or by telephone.
You will need a computer and reliable internet access. You may need a headset with a microphone for high quality audio, and a webcam will be helpful will be helpful if you plan to share video of yourself during online meetings.
Have you considered using an array of the UM Learn tools available to support and maintain academic integrity in your course? Have you considered implementing the academic integrity resources available to you?
Review copyright considerations as you move your courses online. If you are uncertain whether you can use a resource or require assistance obtaining permission to use materials, contact your educational institution’s copyright office/coordinators.
Checklist for Teaching Remotely
|Current Teaching Practice||Online/Remote Options|
(eg. labs, tutorials, seminars, field trips, design labs)
|Group projects and group work||
|Tests, quizzes, and final exams||
|Assignments and feedback||
Adapted from: The Taylor Institute, University of Calgary, Teaching Remotely Checklist. Last updated: 2020-03-13.
Teaching Continuity Considerations
- Your students may know less about using your Learning Management System (LMS) than you think. Consider including prompts and instructions to direct them in accessing tools like Assignment submission tools and Discussion boards.
- Many students will be accessing the internet on their phones. They may have limited data, so bear this in mind when uploading video lectures.
- Students may be sharing their technology (laptop, desktop) with household members. They may have less time to do their homework, not more.
- Some students may be losing their jobs and others may be putting in longer shift hours. This may have an impact on their ability to complete their assignments.
- Synchronous work may be very problematic for the above listed reasons and should be only be used where essential to the functioning of the course.
- If you are going to include videos, keep them short and to the point. Do not spend too much time editing, as you are not designing a fully online course, you are teaching remotely during a course disruption period.
Adapted from: GoodAnything.com.