In the event of a situation that closes the College for an ongoing period of time, you may need to move your course online quickly. We have outlined a few things to consider.
Your learning goals developed for a traditional face-to-face instructional modality can still be met if you must move online suddenly, particularly if you attend to some changes in the instructor-student, student-content, and student-student dynamics. The following principles are best practices of online teaching and learning.
Students will look to their instructors for information and clear direction as well as a sense of normalcy when a crisis impacts all or part of campus. Be timely and specific about changes in schedules, assignments, procedures, and broader course expectations. Early and frequent communication can ease student anxiety. Taking advantage of tools to broadcast your message (e.g., Announcements, email) will save you time in dealing with lots of individual questions.
Keep these principles in mind:
Use features in the Canvas quiz tool that randomize the order in which possible question answers are provided; use question banks to deliver a different quiz experience to each student.
Consider alternatives to quizzes for doing formative or summative assessment. Scaffolded, multi-part projects enable students to demonstrate not only their grasp of concepts but also their critical thinking and digital fluency skills.
You may need to provide additional course materials as you shift more instruction online. Remember that if the College is closed, requests for Course Reserves may not be processed; identify other web-based materials(or have your students identify and share content appropriate to a learning objective).
When posting new course materials:
Many faculty use Kaltura to capture presentations and embed the recording in their Canvas space for student viewing. You can record your voice (with or without a webcam), your computer screen (displaying PowerPoint, Keynote, other software program or web browser content), and additional input from another camera or document camera. Kaltura auto-captions, but please edit those as they are notoriously inaccurate.
See the Kaltura Help document in the faculty Resources tab for instructions on recording, embedding, and correcting captions.
Canvas Conferences or MS Teams in Canvas allows you and your students to meet online in real-time. Students can participate using a computer or smartphone. Instructors can share presentations, their desktop, or a whiteboard, as well as engage students with polling questions and breakout rooms for small group discussion.
A major challenge of teaching during a building or campus closure is sustaining the lab components of classes. Since many labs require specific equipment, they are hard to reproduce outside of that physical space.
Considerations for short-term closures might include:
Fostering communication between students is important because it provides a sense of community (particularly during unusual times), and it allows you to reproduce any collaboration you build into your course to help keep students motivated to participate and learn. Many students are familiar with the Canvas discussions tool, and it provides an easy gateway to other student-to-student communication and collaboration strategies.
Consider these suggestions when planning activities:
The Canvas community guide provides step-by-step instructions for the most common tasks and tools in Canvas.
Microsoft Teams is a conferencing tool for live, multi-media, and many-to-many collaboration. For more information visit https://www.carrollcc.edu/msteams.
A variety of additional resources are available on Canvas Faculty resources .
The Canvas Community Guide provides a wide array of videos and help documents to assist you with Canvas.
For more information on Canvas at Carroll Community College visit:
Visit the Canvas resource support page.
Adapted with permission from Montgomery College. Emergency Remote Teaching Guides. (n.d.). Retrieved March 9, 2020, from College https://www.montgomerycollege.edu/offices/elite/emergency-remote-teaching-guidelines.html