- Plan your communication with the students: inform them about any changes or interruptions, the methods (e.g. email, conference call, web meeting, discussion board) and frequencies of your communication with them, how they will communicate with you, and how they can communicate with each other.
- Distribute course materials and readings: since students may have limited access to computers, it is good to convert your course materials and readings into PDF format which is friendly for mobile devices. Make sure the students know where to find the materials (e.g. email, Google Drive, Blackboard).
- Delivery lectures: choose between synchronous delivery and asynchronous delivery depending on your course content and your teaching style.
- Synchronous delivery is where the participants can hear, see, and or interact with each other at the same time online. This would be most similar to a live, in-person class experience. It can be accomplished via a conference tool such as Zoom and Blackboard Collaborate.
- Asynchronous delivery is where learning takes place at different times and places for every participant. This approach is predicated on instructors creating and/or distributing content (e.g. recorded video lecture, voice-over PowerPoints, or just handouts) ahead of time and supplementing it with additional elements (e.g. discussion boards, text, assignments).
- Run lab activities: instructors may screen record a software demonstration via Camtasia or Microsoft PowerPoint.
- Foster collaboration among students: choose simple asynchronous tools (e.g. email, discussion boards) if possible because they offer low barriers to entry. Let the students know why they are asked to collaborate, what the learning goals are, and how their collaboration will be measured.
- Assess student learning: text-based assignments can be collected via Blackboard, Google Drive, or email. To ease assignment collection via email attachments, please be sure to tell the students your preferred naming convention, e.g. lastname-firstname-assignmenttitle.docx. You may also consider collecting them in selected file formats such as DOCX and PDF. For tests and quizzes, Blackboard assessment tool can be utilized.
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