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Tips for going to online teaching

March 15, 2020

In this video, I talk through my advice in about 18 minutes. I give some additional details and context to what is posted below. I hope you find it useful as you move in a hurry to online teaching. There are tons of resources out there by discipline so don't forget to tap into those on here as well. Enjoy the Bounty!

 

UPDATES TO MY FREE advice For Faculty moving online

 

1. Recording your lecture is about equity. Not all of your students will be well, focused, or able to access a “live” class. If you have kids out of school, so do they. 10:30 AM is still a time when children are WIDE AWAKE. It might be easier for everyone to record and post rather than have a live video. 🙂 1a. Keep recorded lectures SHORT! Like 5 minutes short! I know I said 30 minutes before that that was 💯 my privilege showing, my apologies. Video files are huge! Where will it live? Do you have space on your hard drive? Do you have a Dropbox account big enough? Does your university provide server space? If you read this and your head started to spin the answer is probably no. So keep it short. Practice before you record so you don't need to edit. Post the rest of your content as bulleted lecture notes or a PowerPoint.

 

2. If your campus uses Blackboard and has access to Blackboard Collaborate, use this tool! It is in Bb already and will cut the confusion for everyone. Also, recordings can be posted to view later. AND are usually stored on Blackboard’s server so no storage issue for you! 😁

 

3. Many internet providers are suspending data overage fees, disconnects, and other prohibition to more substantial streaming use. Call your provider!!

 

4. From now on, USE YOUR LMS!! Your campus has a learning management system (LMS), so use it for your face to face classes. Make your students submit all assignments that way. I've been exclusively using LMS for assignments for over 15 years. It means moving online for a conference, Hurricane closure, or pandemic is possible and a reasonable lift.

 

5. Perfection IS NOT THE GOAL HERE. Degree integrity is the goal. Every university has disciple, state, and or assessment stakeholders to respond to. We all want to say our students have reasonable learning outcomes and met the standard of learning in the degree. 5a. READ YOUR SYLLABUS. What needs to happen? What's great but not required? What's pure desire and fantasy on your part? Git rid of the last two. You're teaching online with no notice in a pandemic. You don't have time for the last two, and neither does your department chair.

 

6. If you have technology concerns i.e. no university laptop, no web camera or mic, slow at home internet due to location (because that farm you live on is cute and you love it, but you never meant to teach online, so slow internet never mattered). Tell your department chair. They probably can't or won't be able to do anything about it this week but if they are a responsible leader they will brainstorm some work around's that get you and your students to my point 5.

 

7. Learn from your training. Attend the LMS, Zoom or whatever tech training. Really do it this time. Be the best version of your undergrad self and LEARN.

 

8. This isn't ideal and we all know it. Remember that this is a job, career, and a calling, BUT it isn't your whole life. You have friends, family and loved ones that need and want you healthy and present with them. Focus on that harmony in your life. Create boundaries of time and space between work and family time.

 

Enjoy the Bounty!

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