Course Continuity: In This Section
As you make plans for remote learning and teaching, focus on what tasks you are trying to accomplish.
Communicating with Students
Keeping open a regular dialogue with students is vital during any changes to your class(es)—whether a planned absence on your part, or because of a crisis impacting the campus. You'll want to let students know how changes will impact their schedules, assignments, and broader course expectations. Early and frequent communication can ease student anxiety, and save you time dealing with individual questions.
Keep These Principles in Mind
Sharing Course Materials
You will likely need to provide additional course materials to support your changing plans, from updated schedules to readings that allow you to shift more instruction online. Possibly providing some new readings and related assignments may be your best bet for keeping the intellectual momentum of the course moving.
Considerations When Posting New Course Materials
– Pre-record presentations or messages to students
– Host virtual sessions so you can interact with all of your students remotely
Encouraging Asynchronous Interaction & Engagement Among Your Students
Fostering communication among students is important because it allows you to reproduce any collaboration you build into your course, and maintains a sense of community that can help keep students motivated to participate. It helps if you already had some sort of student-to-student online activity (for example, Moodle Forums or Google Classroom Question) since students will be used to both the process and the tool.
Consider these suggestions when planning activities:
Collecting assignments during a campus closure is fairly straightforward, since many instructors already collect work electronically. The main challenge during a campus disruption is whether students have access to computers, as anyone needing a campus computer lab may be unable to access necessary technologies.
Here are a few things to keep in mind: